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Notes Copy: Skills Approach

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Nolan Justus

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Transcript of Notes Copy: Skills Approach

Leadership Theory: Skills Approach
Application of the Skills Approach
Application of Skills Approach
Focus of Skills Approach
Marc-Andre Olivier, Nolan Justus, & Patrick Schloesman
BUS 4165 - Dr. Thomas Cavanagh
Description of Skills Approach
Leadership skills - The ability to use one's knowledge and competencies to accomplish a set of goals & objectives
Leader-Centered Perspective
Emphasis on skills and abilities that can be learned & developed
Three-Skill Model
Skills-Based Model
Application of the Skills Approach
Description of Skills Approach
Three-Skill Model
Three-Skill Model
Leaders need all three skills - but skill ability/importance changes based on level of management
Middle Management
Top Management
Supervisory Management
Historical Review of Leadership Theories
Oh... not numbchuck skills, we mean leadership skills
Historical Review
of Leadership Theories
1. Trait 2. Behavior 3. Contingency
Main Approaches to Leadership
So... What Are Skills???
Skills-Based Model
Individual Approach
Leadership Outcomes
Career Experiences
Environmental Experiences
Mumford & Colleagues
Robert Katz
In 1955, Robert Katz published his paper "Skills of an Effective Administrator" in the "Harvard Business Review"
Management is necessary at various levels of an organization
Three skill areas that executives had in common and used on a common basis
Application of Skills Approach
Research M.D. Mumford and his team expanded on the skills approach with their paper "Leadership Skills for a Changing World: Solving Complex Problems," published in "The Leadership Quarterly" in 2000
Skills-Based Model
Their research goal was to identify the leadership factors that create exemplary job performance in an organization
Emphasizes the capabilities that make effective leadership possible rather than what leaders do
Their "capability model" examines the relationship between a leader's knowledge & skill to the leader's performance
The model suggests many people have the potential for leadership
Breadth of the skills approach appears to extend beyond the boundaries of leadership, making it more general & less precise
Weak in predictive value; does not explain how skills lead to effective leadership performance
Skills model includes individual attributes that are trait-like
First approach to conceptualize and create a structure of the process of leadership around skills
Describing leadership in terms of skills makes leadership available to everyone
Provides an expansive view of leadership that incorporates wide variety of components (i.e., problem-solving skills, social judgement skills)
Provides a structure consistent with leadership education programs
Timeline of Leadership Theories
He identified...
Thomas Carlyles "Great Man" Theory
Contingency Theories
Behavioral Theories
Trait Theories
Transactional Theories
Transformational Theories
The Skills Approach provides to dlineate the skills of a leader
It is applicable to leaders at all levels within the organization
The Skills inventory can provide insights into the individual's leadership competencies
Test scores allow leaders to learn about areas in which they may wish to seek further training
The primary focus of the Skills Approach is descriptive - it describes leadership from skills perspective
It provides structure for understanding the nature of effective leadership
?????? i don't know if I like the above
What a person is like - Innate traits
What is she/he good at - Skills
What is she/he does - Behavior
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