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Political Leadership

  1. 1. Introduction to Political Leadership Political Management 200
  2. 2. What is Leadership? <ul><li>Managing energy in yourself first—then other people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The task of a great leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been . . . Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision. Those leaders who do not are ultimately judged failures, even though they may be popular at the moment.” –Henry Kissinger </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Leadership Points of View <ul><li>Seeing: What needs to be done </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding: all the underlying forces at play in a situation </li></ul><ul><li>Courage: to take action to make things better </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People don’t see enough </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fear rejection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leaders live more inside-out than outside-in </li></ul>
  4. 4. Effective Leadership <ul><li>Leadership is a learned ability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must be willing to be in a leadership role </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to get people to respond voluntarily </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Helping community solve the problems they face </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three skill clusters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creating the vision </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Garnering commitment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Managing progress </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Leadership Evolution I <ul><li>Authoritarian Leadership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Created out of industrial model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Top down management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Leaders” had all the answers; workers were simply unthinking, replaceable cogs in the process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leaders were never questioned or sought input from others as they had “all the right answers” </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Leadership Evolution II <ul><li>Transactional Leadership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Growth in middle management created need for employees to “think” independently </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership meant compliance and implementing discipline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leaders may ask for opinions; decision-making and power resided with leader </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Transactional Leadership Styles <ul><li>bureaucratic: leaders sought to keep things on an even-keel, passed the buck, and never strived for excellence, didn’t think it could be achieved </li></ul><ul><li>Country-Club: Keep everyone happy and do only the minimum required to achieve goals; “popularity” ruled </li></ul><ul><li>Paternalistic: do what I say and get rewards; don’t comply with my demands and be punished </li></ul>
  8. 8. Leadership Evolution III <ul><li>Transformational Leadership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leaders understood that the “product” is more important that personal gain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best results come from utilizing the full talents of everyone in the group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participation is energized by meaningful contribution and recognition </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Transformational Leadership <ul><li>Balances and values both masculine and feminine leadership qualities </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership is shared with the group, so that everyone has a stake in the quality of the outcome </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict is viewed as opportunity to grow and learn as diverse opinions are valued </li></ul>
  10. 10. Leadership Achievement <ul><li>The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fridtjof Nansen, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1922 </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Leadership Attitudes <ul><li>Control Theory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I know what’s right for you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I have the right to tell you what’s right for you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I have the right to punish you if you don’t do what I think is right for you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Choice Theory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every person knows what’s right for him or herself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No one has the right to tell other people what’s right for them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You should not punish people for doing non-harmful things they choose to do </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Contact Information <ul><li>Kathleen Schafer </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Connection </li></ul><ul><li>www.leadershipconnection.net </li></ul>