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What is Leadership?

A presentation for Carat UK on 17 Feb 2016
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stephen hart

on 6 July 2016

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Transcript of What is Leadership?

Leadership:
The importance of making relationships work.

Context
Making it better
Leadership defined
Ways of looking at leaders and leadership.
The theory of Army Leadership
What is Army Leadership like?
Developing Army Leadership
Command
Leadership
Management
"
Command
is a position of authority and responsibility to which men and women are appointed."
"
Management
is the allocation and control of resources (human, material, financial) to achieve objectives, often within the constraints of time."
"
Leadership
..."
Defence Definitions:
"I would define it (leadership) as the projection of personality. It is that combination of persuasion, compulsion and example that makes other people do what you want them to do"
"Leadership is about achieving more than the science of management says is possible"
"Leadership is the capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which will inspire confidence.. but must be based on moral authority - the truth."
"Leadership is to have followers."
"Command is the whole complex business and a position, leadership is about people and turbulence and management is about stuff and numbers."

Leader / Follower theories: From the study of leaders to the study of leadership practices.
Values
Courage
Discipline
Respect for others
Integrity
Loyalty
Selfless commitment
Standards

Appropriate behavior
Lawful
Totally professional
The Good
The Bad
The Ugly
Thesis:
"Explaining and discussing the key groups of theories that underpin contemporary discussions of leadership. Considering these theories, and placing them in the context of the Army Leadership Code, will facilitate reflection for improved self awareness."
Source: Army Continuous Attitude survey 2015
Character
Distributed
Context
"
Leadership cannot be taught, it can only be learned
.
"
Harold S Geneen
Lt Col Steve Hart RM
Leadership into context: things get more complicated
This will be:
This will not be:
War stories and heroic leadership
The 'answer' to the exam
A model for application
Basis for discussion
Big picture
Signpost for research
Honest
Preparation for my next job,..
Sacrifice
Team first, self second
The example
"Follow me", not "go there"
Inclusive and egalitarian
At our worst:
Bullying
Sexist
Racist
Homophobic
Hypermasculine
Missplaced loyalty
Toxic culture
Changing the lived experience of leadership.
"Doing the right thing, on a difficult day, when no one is watching."
LEADERSHIP IS DIFFICULT
Leadership as a function of character: Great Man Theories
Individual training
Systems and processes
Setting the right example
Communicating the vision
CHANGE
Aristotle

Trait theories

Heroic leadership - the leader as the key.
"The history of the world is but the biography of great men."
Thomas Carlyle 1850
Transactional and transformational leadership

Situational leadership / Contingency theories

Toxic leadership
Behaviours not trait
s
Motivation theories

Leader / Follower theories

Post-heroic leadership
"Leaders and followers are engaged in a relationship for mutual benefit although not necessarily the same goals"
Tannenbaum and Schmidt continuun of leadership behaviour
Post Heroic Leadership
Leadership as a practice: shared and distributed.
Leadership as a social process: interactions
Leadership as learning: outcomes
Gender and power issues
Leadership development and evidence
Thinking and change
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