Northouse clarifies this definition of leadership as a transactional process, whereby leaders influence and are influenced by interactions with foloowers.
Humm, mmm... Therefore, leadership is purposive with specific goals. Leadership is more about producing change. It involves casting a vision, inspiring people, and motivating them to embrace innovation.
But what about ethics? I believe like Blanchard & Woodring that the ethical use of power is the ability to make a positive difference, personally and professionally.
But I do not like to think of power as a negative or controlling force. I like to think and look at power in a positive light, however, "words such as freedom, independence, authority, ability, and influence would probably come to mind" (Blanchard & Woodring, 1998, p.9).
A good leader is someone who can get the task done and at the same time create teams that relate well to each other.
Seriously contemplate your own leadership abilities and influence.
- What unrecognized power do you have because of your knowledge, special task skills, or your personal and relational abilities?
- How can you use that power to do good and create a positive environment at home and work?