Leadership Skills Basic Theory

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Leadership Skills Basic Theory

  1. 1. Leadership Basic Theory John Sweeney
  2. 2. Today’s Lecture 1. John Adair 2. Leadership 3. Teambuilding To follow: 4. Motivation and People Management 5. Decision Making 6. Communication
  3. 3. John Adair • Leading authority on leadership & leadership development • Successful Military Career • World’s first Professor of Leadership Studies (Surrey University) • Pioneering work at ICI (Leadership Development Strategy) • Since 2006, he has been Honorary Professor of Leadership at the China Executive Leadership Academy in Pudong
  4. 4. Adair asked successful Chief Executives: What are the attributes most valuable at the top levels of management ?
  5. 5. Exercise 1 Take some paper and make a list of the five or six qualities expected in those working in your field. Check it out with your neighbour Notice that words may vary – ‘hard-working’ and ‘industrious’, for example – but the concepts of the traits, qualities or abilities remain the same.
  6. 6. What do we think? 1. 6. 11. 16. 21. 2. 7. 12. 17. 22. 3. 8. 13. 18. 23. 4. 9. 14. 19. 24. 5. 10. 15. 20. 25.
  7. 7. What do we think? 1. Ability to take 6. Willingness to 11. Ability to 16. Ability to 21. Single- decisions work hard adapt to quickly administer mindedness to change efficiently 2. Leadership 7. Analytical 12. Willingness 17. Open- 22. Capacity for ability to take risks mindedness lucid-writing 3. Integrity 8. 13. Enterprise 18. Ability to 23. Curiosity Understanding ‘stick to it’ Of others 4. Enthusiasm 9. Ability to spot 14. Capacity to 19. Willingness 24. Skill with opportunities speak lucidly to work long- numbers hours 5. Imagination 10. Ability to 15. Astuteness 20. Ambition 25. Capacity for meet unpleasant abstract thought situations
  8. 8. Leadership v Management Management Leadership
  9. 9. Leadership – 5 distinctive nuances 1. Give Direction 2. Provide inspiration 3. Build Teams 4. Set an example 5. Be accepted
  10. 10. The Seven Qualities of Leadership Enthusiasm Integrity Toughness Fairness Warmth Humility Confidence
  11. 11. Functions of Leadership The Leader The Situation The Group • Qualities • Partly • The • Personal Constant followers Character • Partly • Their needs varying and values
  12. 12. Leadership at Work Task Needs Team Needs Individual Needs
  13. 13. Levels of Leadership • Team Leadership – Teams of 5-20 people • Operational Leadership – A numbers of teams whose leaders report to you • Strategic Leadership – Overall responsibility for a whole business
  14. 14. What do leaders do?
  15. 15. What do leaders do? Adair’s 8 functions of Leadership Leaderships skills are required to handle the functions effectively
  16. 16. What do leaders do? Adair’s 8 functions of Leadership Defining Planning Briefing Controlling the task the task Providing Evaluating Motivating Organising an example Leaderships skills are required to handle the functions effectively
  17. 17. Leadership Qualities/Attributes to exercise the functions? 1. Group Influence 2. Command 3. Coolness 4. Judgment 5. Application/responsibility
  18. 18. Team-building
  19. 19. Adair’s Theory of Team-building Team-building is part of the leadership ‘holy’ trinity of Task, Team and Individual
  20. 20. 1. Task Purpose Objectives Resources Responsibilities Programme Target Authority Training Priorities Progress Supervision Example
  21. 21. 2. Building & Maintaining Team Team Standards Objectives Team Spirit Members Size of Team Discipline Grievances Consultation Priorities Briefing Represent Support
  22. 22. 3. The Individual Targets Induction Achievement Responsibilities Authority Training Recognition Growth Performance Reward The task The person Time/attention Grievances Security Appraisal
  23. 23. Bibliography • Adair John, 2007, Leadership skills 2007, London, IPD • Adair John, 2003, Adair on Leadership, London, Thorogood Publishing
  24. 24. What do we think? Ability to take Willingness to Ability to adapt Ability to Single- decisions work hard to quickly to administer mindedness change efficiently Leadership Analytical ability Willingness to Open- Capacity for take risks mindedness lucid-writing Integrity Understanding Enterprise Ability to ‘stick Curiosity Of others to it’ Enthusiasm Ability to spot Capacity to Willingness to Skill with opportunities speak lucidly work long-hours numbers Imagination Ability to meet Astuteness Ambition Capacity for unpleasant abstract thought situations

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