The Leadership Function
Dubrin said that Leadership is the funtion of three variables: the leader, the followers and the situation...what a complicated function!!!...so no matter how good are the characteristics of the leader, the followers and the situation also play an important role that can make the leadership not look so well.
Maybe this is why I cant expect my leadership to be the same under different circunstances and with different people. However, I believe the leader have a high influence the other variables and I think this is when Demming's SOPK gets importance. As leaders, we need psychology to understand that every person is different and that we need to approach them as individuals in our interactions with them, so we can influence people's behaviour with our way of working with them; we need theory of knowledge and be able to learn by testing our theories with different people and different situations; we need knowledge of variation, to understand how special causes in the situation can create problems in people's performance, and do something about it; and we have appreciation for a system, ourselfs, our team and the situation we are working in is the system we must see and think as a whole.
So, yes...leadership is a complicated function, but for me, the leader is the key to make that fucntion work as well as possible.