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Title: Communicating in Small Groups Case Study: Leadership

Communicating in Small Groups Case Study
Quick Challenge
  • Name as many leaders as you can in 2 minutes.
    You can include specific names of people or types
    of leadership positions.
  • 3. . .2. . .1 . . Go.

How did you do?
  • 0-5 Time to learn about Leadership
  • 6-10 Keep Studying, Grasshopper
  • 10-20 Nice Job, Ace!
  • 21 Jedi Master

Leadership Defined
  • A simple definition of leadership is that
    leadership is the art of motivating a group of
    people to act towards achieving a common goal.
  • Put even more simply, the leader is the
    inspiration and director of the action. He or she
    is the person in the group that possesses the
    combination of personality and skills that makes
    others want to follow his or her direction.

Other Definitions to Consider . . .
  • "The superior leader gets things done with very
    little motion. He imparts instruction not through
    many words but through a few deeds. He keeps
    informed about everything but interferes hardly
    at all. He is a catalyst, and though things would
    not get done well if he weren'tt there, when
    they succeed he takes no credit. And because he
    takes no credit, credit never leaves him. . . As
    for the best leaders, the people do not notice
    their existence. The next best, the people honor
    and praise. The next, the people fear the next,
    the people hate." Lao Tse, Tao Te Ching

Other Definitions to Consider . . .
  • "My definition of a leader . . . is a man who can
    persuade people to do what they don't want to do,
    or do what they're too lazy to do, and like it."
    Harry S. Truman, 1884-1972, Thirty-third
    President of the United States, Miller, More
    Plain Speaking

Types of Leadership
Authoritarian A leader who makes the decisions, gives the orders and generally controls all activities
Strengths -Tasks get accomplished easily -Group is usually focused on task -Leadership is clear no confusion -One person in charge Weaknesses -Members do not feel valued -Members may become resentful -Members have no motivation to stay involved, all decisions are already made
Types of Leadership
Democratic A leader who motivates followers to participate in decision making in an effort to get the majority to agree and commit to decisions
Strengths -Group members feel valued and included in decision making process -Group is usually very cohesive -All issues are considered -Members are usually more pleased with the decisions Weaknesses -Group often takes a long time to reach a decision -Group may lack objectivity because of personal connections -Members may not be satisfied when their idea does not get chosen
Type of Leadership
  • Laissez- Faire
  • A leader who does little to control the group

Strengths -All group members feel like equals -Group has a laid back feel -Decisions made by this group are not reached out of pressure, usually they are stumbled upon Weaknesses -Group may never make decisions -Members might be confused about who the leader is -Group may lack personal relationships -Group may have a hard time staying on task
Types of Power
  • Coercive - the ability to punish another
  • Reward - providing rewards for desired behavior
  • Legitimate - being elected, appointed, or
    selected to lead the group
  • Referent - being well liked
  • Expert - a members knowledge and information
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