Leadership in Organizations: There is a Difference Between by David I. Bertocci

By David I. Bertocci

Management in companies is the 1st in a chain of 3 books written essentially for distance-learning scholars in on-line undergraduate and graduate courses with a spotlight on administration, management, and organizational improvement.

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THE PROCESS OF LEADERSHIP These differences between leaders and managers lead us to consider the process of leadership. Jay Conger has proposed a four-stage model of the process of leadership that embraces the qualities of leadership we have already noted:7 • Formulating a strategic vision; • Communicating the vision to others; • Building trust through technical expertise, personal risk-taking, self-sacrifice, and unconventional behavior; and • Demonstrating the means to achieve the vision through role modeling, empowerment, and unconventional tactics.

14. , 277. Chapter Five Personal Behavior Theories of Leadership Personal behavior theories of leadership date back to the late 1940s and set forth the hypothesis that, rather than a person’s DNA or personality characteristics or traits, it is how a person acts in a particular situation that determines that person’s leadership effectiveness. Instead of searching for traits to explain leadership and leader effectiveness, researchers turned to an examination of the behavior of leaders and the resulting effects on the performance and satisfaction of their followers.

Personality Traits. Ghiselli also found that the higher an individual’s position in an organization, the more important these traits became. 13 • Motivation. By motivation, we are referring here to what motivates leaders themselves. Why do they do what they do? Almost all studies agree that leaders seem to exhibit a high need for power but act on that need in socially acceptable ways. It appears that leaders know that to get tasks accomplished they must have the constructive power to bring together the resources needed to get the job done.

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