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What is Leadership?
Transcript of What is Leadership?
The importance of making relationships work.
Making it better
Ways of looking at leaders and leadership.
The theory of Army Leadership
What is Army Leadership like?
Developing Army Leadership
is a position of authority and responsibility to which men and women are appointed."
is the allocation and control of resources (human, material, financial) to achieve objectives, often within the constraints of time."
"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.
Respect for others
"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
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
Signpost for research
Preparation for my next job,..
Team first, self second
"Follow me", not "go there"
Inclusive and egalitarian
At our worst:
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
Systems and processes
Setting the right example
Communicating the vision
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
Behaviours not trait
Leader / Follower theories
"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