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. [...]
[...] Dan Ciampa Effective leadership builds winning relationships, improves self-awareness and demonstrates maturity and wisdom. Peter M. Leader is a designer, a teacher or a steward in Senge the modern business environment thus enhancing a learning organization. Carl R. A leader must have, among other activities, the Rogers ability to listen intelligently and carefully to those with whom he works. Barbara Leaders are responsible not only for their own Kellerman behavior but also for that of their followers. Lao Tsu The wicked leader is he who the people despise, the good leader is he who the people revere and the great leader is he who the people say did it ourselves.” Questionnaire How would you define leadership? [...]
[...] High self-esteem might make a leader behave with dominant superiority thus ignoring the significance of the subordinates, she states; she also provides examples of modest and quiet personalities, who were successful leaders of the business world and achieved the organizational goals. Hence, Mrs. X. aligns with business literature's definition for self-esteem as an element of culture that encourages the belief in the significance of the individual self (Hewitt, 2005). Do you believe that a leader should promote learning organization? Mrs. [...]
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