Leadership As A Significant Part Of The Simulation Process Essay

1429 Words Oct 12th, 2014 6 Pages
Leadership is thought as a significant part of the simulation process. According to Rauch and Behling (as cited in Pearce, Waldman and Csikszentmihaly, 2006), leadership refers to the process that shows the influence on the activities of an organized group towards goal achievement. In the Everest simulation, both formal and informal leadership skills were applied, which means both legitimate power and referent power were used in the leadership of this simulation. To better measure leadership effectiveness, Fiedler (1971) has made a contingency model based on the condition of leader-member relations, task structure and position power (p.256).Moreover, Hersey, Blanchard and Natemeyer (1979) have also made a situational leadership model to measure leadership effectiveness by representing the relationship among task behavior, relationship behavior and the degree of follower’s readiness. These two models will be applied in the following analysis.
In a situational relationship of view, Hersey, Blanchard and Natemeyer assume that four specific styles will be appeared: telling, selling, participating and delegating. Correspondingly, four level of follower’s readiness are assumed: ‘unable and unwilling’, ‘unable but willing’, ‘able but unwilling’ and ‘able and willing’. In both two Everest simulations, team 15 had used a democratic management style. Followers and leader were highly involved in discussions and decision-making but the final decision was decided by leader and…

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