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Week 4 Ed 6P11 1 In the paper below five differing paradigms of leadership are noted Do you agree that considering leadership from differing paradigmatic perspectives is important as we enter the twenty-first century Discuss your response What do you believe to be the essential attributes for leadership in the 21st century The twenty-first century What does this era represent for humankind In order to discuss these issues one must first identify the implications of this epoch It is a time of speedy change war poverty starvation and advances in social science Consequently it is a time of immense changes and supercharged issues we are well advised to adopt multiple views of leadership to anticipate manage and implement those required changes A willingness to listen charisma transformation empowerment are some of the keys to effective leaders Examination of leadership from various paradigmatic perspectives is useful in attacking a multilayered issue such as leadership in the twenty-first century In this discussion posting I will explore the various attributes of leadership that I feel are important for todays leaders and I will address the five paradigmatic perspectives provided in Fennel 2001 In order to relate effectively with others one must learn to listen Openness patience emotional strength and a desire to understand are all character traits needed for true listening to occur According to Covey 1989 it is simpler to operate from a low emotional level and provide high-level advice In the business world during acquisitions and mergers this behaviour is often exhibited and simply does not work p 37 The employees are not fooled and a climate of low trust emerges rather than the more desirable high trust climate p 38 In this scenario the leader often utilizes their position and power to force the employees to acquiesce and follow their directives In this structuralist paradigmatic scenario the leader has borrowed strength from their position and authority which creates weakness in the borrower by
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