Lmx Theory Of Leadership

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Philosophy A person’s philosophy is important because it demonstrates who they are. My definition of leadership is a person that “influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal” (Northouse, 2013, p. 5). Leadership is about influencing others both directly and indirectly. I believe that a leader demonstrates respect to others regardless of who the person is. Also, they have strong ethical values and commit to serving others.
My definition has been influenced by the inspirational leaders in my life. When we follow inspirational leaders they take us to a place we have never imagined. In the field of early childhood education, it is imperative that leaders help inspire others. Northouse (2013) stated, “research found that
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Next, I will discuss the three leadership theories that have most influenced my thinking on leadership and leaders. The first theory is the LMX theory which “addresses leadership as a process centered on the interactions between leaders and followers” (Northouse, 2013, p. 182). The LMX theory makes the leader-member relationship the pivotal concept in the leadership process. This type of “interaction result in followers feeling better, and helping the organization prospers” (Northouse, 2013, p. 182). The second theory is style approach. Blake and Mouton’s leadership grid helped me to comprehend that a leader plays a critical role in an organization. For instance, the two important factors those are considered are concern for production and concern for people which are apparent by a team manager (Northouse, 2013, p. …show more content…
The value of a leader is that they establish direction, motivate and inspire other. Also, they satisfy unmet needs of their followers and help them grow professionally. Now, that I am knowledgeable about both approaches from the knowledge I have acquired from this course. I plan to be a leader instead of a manger since I aspire to motivate others. I comprehend that I have a choice as an administrator to be a leader or manager. As I decide the type of leader I want to be I have learned to listen to our song. We need to be able to follow our song that is within us. As Bolman & Deal (2011) stated, “we need to hear from our heart instead of our head” (p.56). As a lead teacher, I need to be able to look inside because that is what will “carry us through both exhilaration and heartache” (Bolman & Deal, 2011, p.

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