The paper “ Principles of Leadership” is an engrossing example of a literature review on management. There are numerous ways in which leadership can be defined. According to Prosser, 2010, he defined leadership as a process in which a person influences his followers (team) to accomplish certain tasks so that they can achieve the objectives of his/her team. Rothstein (2010) defined leadership as a process of motivating a group or team of people in order to achieve a common objective or goal. The process of leadership can be approached in lots of ways.
First, a leader can influence his team through skill application and knowledge and this so is known as process leadership. Secondly, is trait leadership where a leader uses his traits to influence a group or team to accomplish certain tasks. Both of these leadership processes have common characteristics that facilitate the effectiveness of motivating the team. Ryback (2008) ironed out a number of leadership principles; these principles include; the first principle is a situation where one gets to analyze his personalities and trying to improve on those attributes.
This can be attained through practice; in addition, the principle is also achieved by reading inspirational books, magazines, and journals. The second principle is in a case where a leader is technically proficient, when a person is said to be proficient, he will be able to learn how to deal with his subordinates without any conflict. This therefore will enable the leader to motivate his workers appropriately. International companies such as MacDonald has effective leaders who are continuously seeking responsibilities and facing challenging task such as introducing new products to the new market.
Such principles are known to boost the company’ s performance. Thirdly is where a leader is in a position to make sound and timely decisions for the company. A leader is always believed to be ahead of time as he is supposed to plan and give realistic decisions. The current global market which is targeted by many competing companies requires leaders who are in a position to act immediately on the necessary decision and be flexible to implement the necessary changes.
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