The Focused Leader

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Rebecca Wood
The Focused Leader

Daniel Goleman’s research on the Focused Leader is directly related to the framework we are using for our Principles of Leadership course. We look at how the leader, follower, and situation play roles in outcomes as well as the power bases of leadership and leader development and competencies. All of which help us become a successful leader and how to improve as a leader.
There are three components in the leadership process; the leader, the followers, and the situation (Hughes , Ginnett & Curphy, 2012). Leaders and followers are very similar; they both are honest and competent, but leaders are forward looking and inspiring while followers are independent and cooperative (Hughes , Ginnett & Curphy, 2012). Leaders are very good at picking out followers in a group whose opinions hold the most sway, and persuading those individuals who will persuade others (Goleman, 2013). In certain situations leaders may have to respond to various followers differently or they may have to respond to one follower in different ways. In certain situations followers may also respond to their leaders differently as well as responding to each other differently (Hughes , Ginnett & Curphy, 2012). When individuals are more alert in social situations they exhibit stronger activity and more connections (Goleman, 2013). Tania Singer says, “You need to understand your own feelings to understand the feelings of others.” (Goleman, 2013). If as a leader you can relate to your followers in certain situations and know how to act accordingly.
There are five power bases of leadership: referent power, legitimate power, reward power, coercive power, and leadership development and competencies (Hughes , Ginnett & Curphy, 2012). Referent power is when the leader is admired by the follower (Hughes , Ginnett & Curphy, 2012). Goleman talks…...

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