Annotated Bibliography on leadership

Berger, J. B. (2014). Leadership: A concise conceptual overview.

Berger views leadership as a concept that needs hard work as well as techniques like practical skills, integrity, and knowledge. The main role of the study is to avail of a conceptual map that offers different models of leadership with a discussion of how every approach contributes to a more comprehensive understanding of leadership. That said, the previous study on leadership focused mainly on individual leadership, but over time it has been clear that there are various factors such as relationships, structures, and power affecting leadership. Thus, I agree with the article in viewing leadership as achievement-based models that relies on various attributes of individual leader, behavior and contingencies. Individual attributes are important aspects of leadership because it determines the effectiveness and promotes good relationships.

Cameron, K. (2011). Responsible leadership as virtuous leadership. In Responsible Leadership (pp. 25-35). Springer, Dordrecht.

According to Cameron, responsible leadership is rare to find. The goal of this article is to outline the attribute of responsible leadership, analyze its meaning, and determine two merits it serves for organizations. Responsibility in leadership is highlighted so that a key attribute of responsible leadership is not overlooked. The notion that organizations require responsible leaders is quite common. Responsibility is usually attributed to the freedom of actions and empowerment, showing that responsible individuals have volition as well as appropriate authority. Thus, I agree with the article in the claim that a virtual leader is linked to one who is responsible and can perform actions with volition and authority.

Cates, S. V., Cojanu, K. A., & Pettine, S. (2013). Can you lead effectively? An analysis of the leadership styles of four generations of American employees. International Review of Management and Business Research, 2(4), 1025.

In this article, Cates, Cojanu, and Pettine analyze the leadership styles of four generations. The main aim of the research is to determine the preferred leadership styles of a different generation of workers in the US. The current workforce consists of generation X, Y, Baby Boomers, and traditionalists. To perform the study, about 328 participants across the generations gave feedbacks on the eight questions posed in research performed through an online platform. The responses indicate that the best leadership styles differ across all generations. Through these findings, leaders must learn more about the generation they are leading. In this, I agree with the aspect that leaders should understand the generation of the team they are working within the organization. A complete understanding of the team makes it easy for the leader to work with the team.

Mihelic, K. K., Lipicnik, B., & Tekavcic, M. (2010). Ethical leadership. International Journal of Management & Information Systems (IJMIS), 14(5).

Mihelic, Lipicnik & Tekavcic perceive leadership as a way of making an ethical decision as well as an instrument to assist staff in determining their ethics in decision-making processes. The authors address various techniques, which are used by leaders in the event of enforcing ethics in leaders through training with a leader as a role model. From the authors, an ethical leader is viewed as an ethic coach or mentor who is expected to remind the team about the ethical dimensions of their mandates. Another important aspect is determined to advance the communication path in an organization by fostering an open platform to promote the discussion of ethics. Therefore, leaders need to initiate and support various stakeholders, especially on the issue of ethics.

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