1. Discuss and identify leader traits and attributes that are most beneficial in implementing the best decisions in an organization.
2. Explain the differences in charismatic and transformational leadership and how both leadership styles impact organizational effectiveness. Please note how these leadership styles affect implementing new innovative technologies.
3. Review table 8.1 in the reading this week, note the work characteristics and the traditional versus high-performance focus, note which focus is best for strategic decisions and which is best for operational decisions. Please explain.
A key factor in ensuring a successful organization is the presence of leadership traits and attributes. Leaders must possess certain characteristics that allow them to make sound decisions which further organizational goals and objectives.
The most beneficial leader traits for decision-making include strong communication skills, confidence, emotional intelligence, initiative, optimism and problem solving abilities (Bergeron & Langley). Communication is essential for conveying information between members of an organization as well as forming relationships with external stakeholders such as investors or customers. Leaders with superior communication have the ability to clarify complex topics concisely while also inspiring others around them (Bergeron & Langley). Additionally, having confidence allows leaders to be decisive in their decision making process without worrying about what others may think of them (Bergeron & Langley). This kind of assurance gives executives more room to take risks as they are not afraid of potential consequences that could come from taking action on ideas they believe are necessary for long-term growth and sustainability. Furthermore leaders should possess high levels of emotional intelligence so that they can understand how their decisions will affect those within the organization – both positively and negatively – which helps build trust among team members by showing empathy towards the challenges facing subordinates (Bergeron & Langley). Lastly problem solving capabilities allow leaders to identify solutions when faced with difficult tasks or scenarios while remaining proactive rather than reactive during crises times(Bergeron & Langley). Taken together these particular traits help cultivate an environment where smart decisions are made based on accurate assessments instead of emotionally driven reactions.