Sir Alex Ferguson vs Jose Mourinho : Theoretical Outlook on Leadership

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Introduction It would be naïve to raise a simple yet probably a silly question as to what is leadership ? However, as simple as the word may seem, there are numerous scholars, researchers and psychologists who would beg to differ. It would probably be a mistake to believe that leadership is a fairly simple phenomenon. It is far more complex and involves a number of scientific and general human behavior related variables. These variables have been and are being studied to help us in our understanding of the key essence to being a successful leader. In any case however, I believe it is helpful to define and understand the term in a basic sense to set a ground for better analysis and to dig deeper into the realms of leadership as a concept. In layman’s terms, leadership is the ability or the capacity to lead. In other words, it is the skill or the quality of being able to guide and direct a group of people. However, as stated in one of the afore-mentioned points, leadership isn’t as simple as it seems. It involves a whole lot of varying dynamics, which distinguish distinct leadership styles/patterns. To unearth the intricacies of leadership in my essay, I shall briefly try to describe and link a few leadership theories citing relevant examples. By the end of the essay, the reader should have a brief and basic knowledge of varying leadership styles and how they may be important in certain personal situations. As a starting point for my analysis, I ask myself the question ‘ why is leadership important ? ’ Is it to earn respect and fame ? Is it to prove ourselves to people ? or is it just generally needed help people realize their potential ? The answer9s0 to those questions maybe fairly complex and difficult too. However generally speaking, in the era that we live in, the increased demand for success, better output/quality and common direction to achieve goals/aims
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