Leadership Theory and Practice, Peter G. Northouse,
Management of Organizational Behavior, Paul Hersey,
The following material is a high level summary of twelve approaches/theories in leadership. Each sectioncovers a theory/approach to leadership. The sections cover the basic assumptions, references, diagrams,leadership instruments, strengths and weaknesses. This summary is based on the following books:
In perusing these materials, I did not find a simple answer or recipe for leadership. As suspected,leadership is a part of all us at home, in our business, and our community. What was extremelybeneficial to me was that reading through the various theories, and case studies, I was able to identifywith many of these examples and situations. It had enriched me with an insight about myself and those Iinteract with. Frequently, after reading a paragraph, I would relate a particular situation or method to abehavior that I or someone I know was engaged in.It is that very awareness of both my personal and other people's behaviors that makes leadershippossible. I am the first to admit that learning about all these approaches to leadership does notautomatically make one a good leader, but they give a tremendous insight and the possibility to becomea better one.My own view is that "
Leadership is a process to change or create something from what otherwise would be chaos
It must be highly flexible and demands awareness, skills, and sensitivity. It is highly dependent on situations. Leadership is being human.
" In my view, the combination of the majority of theseapproaches and theories is the true leadership theory. They are all equally eye opening for everyone inthe organization.Hazem Abolrous
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