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March 26, 2013

Leadership and its effectiveness

Yes, all leaders are not effective and their effectiveness depends on three variables and four aspects. This is what we all know as it had been taught in module week that leadership is a function of Leader him/herself, the group members and the situation that is L=f(l,gm,s) as stated by (DuBrin 2007 :20). I had no idea about this practical approach to leadership before this module and getting into a deeper study about leadership and its framework gave me some more insight about its effective implementation. What we had been studying is that leaders are born and leadership can not be learned or taught but assuming all these three factors effective leaders can be made.

Leaders effectiveness is based on the characteristics and behavior he adopts relevant to the characteristics of his/her followers in a given situation or environment. Learning from this framework is about the importance of group member's characteristics in making an effective leader. A leader can be democratic, autocratic, charismatic but can not be effective until he/she is not able to understand his/her followers as all these variables are interlinked and collaborative exercise of these variables result in effective leadership.

In practical scenarios, while performing as a leader, I would prefer to understand the characteristics of my group members to be an effective leader.

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