Characteristics of effective leadership A comparison between theory and business reality
- Theoretical Approach
- Famous quotes about leadership
- How would you define leadership?
- Do you believe that a leader should be a good listener?
- Is self-esteem part of leadership?
- Do you believe that a leader should promote learning organization?
- Do you believe in constructive stress?
This practicum field project is the result of an interview conducted with the VP Corporate Communications in Alcatel-Lucent, Paris, France.* The goal of this project is to compare the views of a successful executive with the theoretical approach provided by several scholars about the characteristics of leadership. In other words, my goal is to compare theory with business reality. The above individual possesses profound academic background and diverse working experience. She is in managerial positions for the last five years and she has contributed significantly to all the organizations she has been engaged in the course of her professional career. In relation to my questions, in most of the cases she meets the theoretical approach of the topic as presented in this project. However, there are slight differentiations in particular aspects of the topic. Hence, after each theoretical approach I present my conclusions and critical analysis on what has been discussed with the above executive.
[...] Leaders and workforce are interdependent and effective leadership necessitates readjustment of own beliefs to consider the workforce as the intangible asset of the leadership framework. After all, no leadership exists without people to guide. References Argyris, C. (1991). Teaching Smart People How to Learn. Harvard Business Review, May-June 1991, pp 99-109, www.hbr.org Cartwright, S., Cooper, C.L. (2001). The Growing Epidemic of Stress. The Organizational Behavior Reader, 7th Edition, Prentice Hall Ciampa, D. (2005). Almost Ready How Leaders Move Up. Harvard Business Review, vol no (Jan, 2005) www.hbr.org Hewitt, J.P. [...]
[...] Yet, humour is a trait of effective leadership given that a successful leader should make his subordinates feel close to him and be a person who is not reserved, but open to communication and reflection. Should a leader use the help of his subordinates for unfamiliar issues? The image of the leader incorporates power and confidence. However, there are cases that a leader is not aware of small details related to business issues. Therefore he may ask for the help of his subordinates in order to acquire a clearer picture on the matter. [...]