Assignment aim and structure:
The aim of this assignment is to analyze the relevant concepts, theories and models about leadership and describe one person who could be identified as leader and analyze how effective this person’s leadership is and why it is effective. Defining what is leadership comes first, second will provide an overview about my organization and the importance of leadership. Moving forward will address the different type of leaders and the difference between management and leadership. We will address as well, the theories of effective leadership; and last but not least, identify our leader and conclude a summary of this assignment.
What is leadership and how is effective:
It is much like the words democracy, love and peace, although each of us instinctively knows what we mean by such words. The words can have different meanings for different people, and the same holds true when defining leadership. More than a century has lapsed since leadership become a topic of academic introspection, and definitions have evolved continuously during that period. According to Donelly et al (1985)” Leadership is an attempt at influencing the activities of followers through the communication process and toward the attainment of some goal or goals”. There are as many definitions of leadership as there are people who have attempted to define the concept (Stogdill, 1974).
Over the years, a number of theoretical models have been produced each trying to understand when and how leadership is effective. The trait approach is one of the early content theories, focusing on “what” and affective leader is, not on ‘how’ to effectively lead. This approach assumes that certain physical, social and personal characteristics are inherent in leaders. Sets of traits and characteristics were identified to assist in selecting the right people to become leaders. Later, studies were focused on leader’s behaviours and not personal traits which led researchers to identify patterns of behaviour, or leadership styles that enabled leaders to effectively influence others, accordingly anybody who demonstrates the appropriate behaviour can be an effective leader. Leaders as a conclusion can be made and are not necessarily born. "Leadership is the behavior of an individual when he is directing the activities of a group toward a shared goal” (Hemphill & Coons, 1957).
Overview of the organization:
Former Intel executive Richard Egan and his college roommate, Roger Marino, founded EMC in 1979. The company’s name, EMC, stands for the initials of the founders, and a third and fourth whose last names are Connelly and Curly hence the EMC^2. As mentioned by Joe Tucci at EMC World 2012 in May 2012, "EMC Corporation" is the company's full name. The company's logo also incorporates exponent 2, a reference to Albert Einstein's mass–energy equivalence theory. EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver information...