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10 BIG IDEAS ABOUT LEADERSHIP LEADERSHIP DYNAMICS | PA 390 | BRIAN FLANAGAN Sunday, November 13, 2011


THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IS BUT THE BIOGRAPHY OF GREAT MEN. -THOMAS CARLYLE

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1. “GREAT MAN” THEORY GREAT LEADERS ARE BORN. THEY RISE WHEN THERE IS GREAT NEED, AND THEY SHAPE HISTORY. Sunday, November 13, 2011


THE PEOPLE CANNOT SEE HIM ENOUGH. THEY DELIGHT IN A MAN. HERE IS A HEAD AND A TRUNK! WHAT A FRONT! WHAT EYES! ATLANTEAN SHOULDERS, AND THE WHOLE CARRIAGE HEROIC, WITH EQUAL INWARD FORCE TO GUIDE THE GREAT MACHINE! -RALPH WALDO EMERSON

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2. TRAIT THEORY SOME PARTICULAR COMBINATION OF TRAITS, INHERITED AND ACQUIRED, MAKES A GREAT LEADER. Sunday, November 13, 2011


“TO GIVE STYLE” TO ONE’S CHARACTER -- A GREAT AND RARE ART! HE EXERCISES IT WHO SURVEYS ALL THAT HIS NATURE PRESENTS IN STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS AND THEN MOLDS IT TO AN ARTISTIC PLAN UNTIL EVERYTHING APPEARS AS ART AND REASON, AND EVEN THE WEAKNESSES DELIGHT THE EYE. -FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

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3. BEHAVIOR OR STYLE THEORY LEADERS ARE MADE. GREAT LEADERSHIP IS DEFINED BY LEARNED BEHAVIORS AND STYLES. Sunday, November 13, 2011


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DON VITO CORLEONE WAS A MAN TO WHOM EVERYBODY CAME FOR HELP, AND NEVER WERE THEY DISAPPOINTED. ONLY ONE THING WAS REQUIRED. THAT YOU, YOU YOURSELF, PROCLAIM YOUR FRIENDSHIP. IT WAS UNDERSTOOD, IT WAS MERE GOOD MANNERS, TO PROCLAIM THAT YOU WERE IN HIS DEBT AND THAT HE HAD THE RIGHT TO CALL UPON YOU AT ANY TIME TO REDEEM YOUR DEBT BY SOME SMALL SERVICE. -MARIO PUZO, THE GODFATHER

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I COULD FEEL MYSELF GETTING ALL RAZDRAZ INSIDE, BUT I TRIED TO COVER IT, SAYING CALM: “THERE HAS TO BE A LEADER. DISCIPLINE THERE HAS TO BE. RIGHT?” NONE OF THEM SKAZATTED A WORD OR NODDED EVEN. I GOT MORE RAZDRAZ INSIDE, CALMER OUT. “I,” I SAID, “HAVE BEEN IN CHARGE LONG NOW. WE ARE ALL DROOGS, BUT SOMEBODY HAS TO BE IN CHARGE. RIGHT? RIGHT?” -ANTHONY BURGESS, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

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4. TRANSACTIONAL LEADERSHIP LEADERS INSTRUCT, SET EXPECTATIONS, REWARD AND PUNISH, BARGAIN, AND COLLABORATE. Sunday, November 13, 2011


IF YOU TREAT AN INDIVIDUAL AS HE IS, HE WILL REMAIN AS HE IS. BUT IF YOU TREAT HIM AS IF HE WERE WHAT HE COULD BE AND OUGHT TO BE, HE WILL BECOME WHAT HE OUGHT TO BE AND COULD BE. -JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

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5. TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP LEADERS RAISE MORALITY, AND INSPIRE ENTHUSIASM AND ENERGY TOWARD A SHARED VISION. Sunday, November 13, 2011


I HAVE COME TO A FRIGHTENING CONCLUSION THAT I AM THE DECISIVE ELEMENT. IT IS MY PERSONAL APPROACH THAT CREATES THE CLIMATE. IT IS MY DAILY MOOD THAT MAKES THE WEATHER. I POSSESS TREMENDOUS POWER TO MAKE LIFE MISERABLE OR JOYOUS. I CAN BE A TOOL OF TORTURE OR AN INSTRUMENT OF INSPIRATION. I CAN HUMILIATE OR HUMOR, HURT OR HEAL. -HAIM G. GINNOT

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6. ENVIRONMENTAL THEORY LEADERS DESIGN CULTURES THAT MOTIVATE PEOPLE AND ELEVATE VALUES. Sunday, November 13, 2011


IN MATTERS OF STYLE, SWIM WITH THE CURRENT; IN MATTERS OF PRINCIPLE, STAND LIKE A ROCK. -THOMAS JEFFERSON

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7. SITUATIONAL THEORY GREAT LEADERS ADAPT THEIR STYLE TO FIT TASKS AND THE PSYCHOLOGICAL NEEDS OF FOLLOWERS. Sunday, November 13, 2011


COMPETENT INSURGENTS ARE ADAPTIVE. THEY ARE OFTEN PART OF A WIDESPREAD NETWORK THAT COMMUNICATES CONSTANTLY AND INSTANTLY.... CONDUCTING A SUCCESSFUL COUNTERINSURGENCY CAMPAIGN REQUIRES A FLEXIBLE, ADAPTIVE FORCE LED BY AGILE, WELL-INFORMED, CULTURALLY ASTUTE LEADERS. -U.S. ARMY COUNTERINSURGENCY FIELD MANUAL

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8. CONTINGENCY THEORY GREAT LEADERS ADAPT THEIR STYLE AND ORGANIZATION TO FIT THE ENVIRONMENT. Sunday, November 13, 2011


WHAT EVERY INDIVIDUAL HAS TO CONTRIBUTE REMAINS HIS OWN SECRET. BUT WE MUST ALL MUTUALLY SHARE IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT OUR EXISTENCE ONLY ATTAINS ITS TRUE VALUE WHEN WE HAVE EXPERIENCED IN OURSELVES THE TRUTH OF THE DECLARATION: “HE WHO LOSES HIS LIFE SHALL FIND IT.” -ALBERT SCHWEITZER

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9. FUNCTIONAL THEORY DYNAMIC LEADERS MEET A VARIETY OF GROUP NEEDS TOWARD COHESION AND EFFECTIVENESS. Sunday, November 13, 2011


ANYONE WANTING TO BE THE LEADER MUST FIRST BE THE SERVANT. IF YOU WANT TO LEAD YOU MUST SERVE. -JESUS OF NAZARETH

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TO LEAD THE PEOPLE, WALK BEHIND THEM. -LAO TZU

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THE FIRST RESPONSIBILITY OF A LEADER IS TO DEFINE REALITY. THE LAST IS TO SAY THANK YOU. IN BETWEEN THE TWO, THE LEADER MUST BECOME A SERVANT AND A DEBTOR. -MAX DEPREE

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10. SERVANT LEADERSHIP GREAT LEADERS ARE HUMBLE STEWARDS, WHO SERVE AND SACRIFICE FOR THE GROUP. Sunday, November 13, 2011


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