Leadership That Gets Results Essay

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Leadership That Gets Results

What Do Effective Leaders Do?

“What do effective leaders do to remain effective?” was a question that I proposed to my Leadership Application Program Speakers Round Table Class. In response I received a number of answers from personality traits to emotional intelligence. Leadership is a word that can be defined in many different ways. In the article “Leadership That Gets Results” they take the time and breakdown the six different steps of leadership, the six styles are coercive, authoritative, affiliative, democratic, pacesetting and coaching. The late David McClelland, a noted Harvard University psychologist, found that leaders with strengths in a critical mass of six or more emotional intelligence
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They give people the freedom to do their job in the way they think is most effective.”

The Democratic Style. As a Democratic leader you let the people have a say in what you do. In the example provided by the article, Sister Mary was faced with a tough objective to close down her school. As a leader its never easy to tell your followers after all the hard work we’ve put in its all over. But what Sister Mary did was keep her followers in the know, once she knew it was out of her hands she begin to reach out one to her faculty and staff to have a meeting to see if they could come up with a solution other than the inevitable, in this meeting It seemed as if Sister Mary took the time to stop leading and she listened. Sister Mary took it a step further and open up the floor for parents to give feed back and they all came to the conclusion that the school must close. By taken the time to actually let everyone see what the school was up against and add input she avoid all the backlash of upset parents, and distraught faculty and staff.

The Pacesetting Style. Like the coercive style, the pacesetting style has its place in the leader's repertory, but it should be used sparingly. That's not what we expected to find. After all, the hallmarks of the pacesetting style sound admirable. The leader sets extremely high performance standards and exemplifies them himself. He is obsessive about doing things better and faster,

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