Thinking About Leadership

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“Thinking about Leadership” by Thomas Cronin According to Thomas Cronin, there is a big difference between being a manager and a leader, “managers do things the right way, while leaders are more concerned with doing the right thing” (27). Throughout his article he provides numerous characteristics to define a leader along with many examples of past time leaders also examples of how a true leader would handle certain situations. A leader knows who they are; they select and solve priority problems, have a sense of humor, are skilled mediators, show signs of integrity and possess brains and breadth. Becoming or being a continuous leader is not an easy task, it really takes a special type of person. In summation, Thomas Cronin wanted the reader to understand that anyone can be a leader; leadership is not restricted to just the government. Through hard work and true passion you too can make a difference. “Four Competencies of Great Leaders” and “Ten Traits of Dynamic Leaders” by Warren Bennis To begin, Warren Bennis researched and studied 90 leaders of many diverse occupations. Based on his research he derives four competencies of leaders from ten personality characteristics that great leaders share. The ten personality characteristics are self-knowledge, open to feedback, eager to learn, curious risk takers, concentrates at work, learn from adversity, balance tradition & change, open style, work well with systems and serve as models & mentors. The four competencies of leaders are management of attention, meaning, trust and self. Bennis mentions that empowerment is the effect of leadership. In organizations with effective leaders, empowerment is most evident in four themes: people feel significant, learning and competence matters, people are part of a community and work is exciting. In summation, this article introduced descriptive traits and competencies of

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