Leadership: Creating a Positive Work Culture
The effectiveness of organizations begins with its’ leaders having a clear understanding of the goals and objectives. Are leaders born or made? Influential leaders bring a wealth of life experience with them to manage relationships effectively and possess the skill sets to achieve goals including but not limited to authentic decision-making, the ability to pick up on non-verbal cues, listening to what is being said as well as what is not, and providing clear and direct performance feedback. They must have the ability to use knowledge, methods, and techniques to perform specific tasks whether or not it is their direct responsibility. They must use sound judgment in working with people, including an understanding of motivation and the application of effective leadership.
Finally, they must have the ability to understand the complexities of the organization and where people fit to ensure they are acting in accordance with the organization’s mission, values, and goals. This class will explore this question and offer a practical theory of situational leadership that can be effectively applied in any organization. There will be opportunities to explore the use of power and the ability to lead others in the accomplishment of organizational goals while building a positive and productive work culture.
- Analyze a situation and choose an appropriate leadership style,
- Use task and maintenance of leadership actions,
- Serve as a role model to develop team spirit and leadership behaviors in their sphere of influence,
- Trust their own ability to influence and inspire employees to accomplish organizational goals effectively, and
- Distinguish between personal and positional power, and the appropriate use of each to best motivate and lead employees.