Leadership Styles (Managing Organizational Change) Essay

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Session Paper HR 587 Fall ‘09 | Leadership Styles | Vanessa Bradford |

The purpose of this paper is to use the course concepts to expand upon the topic of leadership styles. I will define leadership and management; explain how the two play a role during organizational change management and how this information can be used by practicing managers. Lewin’s change model combined with Kotter’s eight step change model will be used to present an understanding of and emphasize the importance of leadership through the stages of change.
Change is inevitable. Changing is not always welcomed but it is necessary for organizations to maintain their place in the world. Successful organizations thrive because they have a vision, a mission
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They typically work by chain of command and the way they motivate their peers is through a system of rewards and punishments. The transactional leader limits the options and choices of the individuals they work with. This leadership style in my opinion is not an effective way to lead change because this type of leader pays more attention to the daily operating structure of the organization and is not focused on the future. The transactional leader does not form relationships with their peers, often neglecting the needs of their followers. These leaders are best suited for incremental changes. (Leban and Stone, 2007). Transformational leaders are individuals that are mission orientated, are able to sell the vision and need for change to the group. This type challenges existing ideas, look for new ways to address problems, encourage and inspire which motivates the group to accept the change. Transformational leaders are known to produce positive outcomes by establishing commitment and gaining trust from his employees.
While the transformational type is highly effective when implementing a change initiative it is not the only type that can create success. There are many different styles of leadership that can play an important part during the stages of organizational change. The style that a leader uses relates to their ideas, principles, partialities and the organizational structure in which they are involved in. (Reardon and

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