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Chapter 1. The Journey > Sources of Leadership

Sources of Leadership

Leadership (the process of influence) can originate from a number of sources. The most commonly recognized source of leadership, of course, involves the influence leaders exercise over their followers. This is also the most externally oriented view of leadership. It does not recognize the influence that we exercise on ourselves. An example of this external view is the giving of orders and use of other methods of influence (such as rewards and punishments) by a formal organization manager over his or her subordinates.

A pictorial representation of different sources of leadership follows (see Figure 1-1). It depicts leadership as ranging from an entirely external influence process, at one extreme, to a self-imposed process at the other. The latter focus is the primary topic of this book. In between these two extremes, leadership influence consists of different combinations of external influence and self-influence. When a goal is jointly set by a manager and a subordinate, a participative leadership process is at work.


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