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