The paper "Leadership in the Future" is an exceptional example of coursework on management. Leadership is the process by which one person provides direction for the rest of the constituents of the group. It is the process by which one exercises influence the other people in order to achieve the objectives and goals of the organization or group. Leaders exercise their influence over the people they are in charge of. Leadership is a responsibility that needs sacrifice and dedication from the person who has been given the mandate of being a leader.
Through leadership, one individual influences others towards the achievement of organizational or group goals. Leadership is a process of social influence (Yukl 2006, p. 57). Leadership cannot be there without a leader. Leadership initiates an action that is voluntary on the side of followers. There are various theories that explain the different roles of leadership. Some of these theories give deeper meaning to the understanding of leadership. Functional leadership theory is important at addressing particular behaviors of a leader expected to give a contribution to the unit or organizational effectiveness.
This theory holds that the main goal of the leader is to see that all needs of the group are catered for. Consequently, a leader can be commended to have done well when he contributes to the cohesion and effectiveness of the group. Whereas functional theory has mostly been linked to team leadership, it has been applied effectively to wider organizational leadership. Leaders in the functional theory have functions to perform while promoting effectiveness in organizations (Zaccaro, Rittman & Marks 2001, p. 457). These functions include organizing subordinate activities, environmental monitoring, coaching, and teaching subordinates, intervening adequately in group work, and motivating the members of the group.
There some leadership behaviors, which are required to facilitate these functions. The subordinates perceive their senior's behavior in terms of two wide categories which are known as initiating and consideration structure.
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