Leadership is a very important topic in social psychology, and
it is important to learn how to develop leadership skills. There
may be many interesting leadership articles, leadership topics,
leadership studies, and leadership questions. This page contains
some articles on leadership.
The Concept of Leadership
One of the articles on this page concerns the definition of
leadership. It is important to think about what is leadership and
develop leadership theories and models based on the definition of
Collaborative Process. It is important to consider leadership
in the workplace as a process that may involve more than one
person. Leadership can be viewed as a collaborative process of
developing win-win solutions to problems based on the
integration of ideas of a number of people.
Leadership vs. Management. It is important to think about
how the definition of leadership may be different from the
definition of management. One difference between leadership
and management is that leadership, but not management, may
involve organizational change. Management may simply involve
the effective implementation of current procedures, but not the
development of new procedures.
Types of Leadership
There may be a number of types of leadership. One type of
leadership is participative leadership. Participative leadership
may exist on a continuum. One of the articles on this page
concerns organizational identification and participative
There may be many important leadership qualities or
attributes. These may include a number of skills, abilities, and
personality attributes. I believe that there may be three types of
leadership attributes: motivational, intellectual, and interpersonal.
Motivational Attributes. The motivational attributes may
involve personality attributes that motivate the leader to persist
at a task. The altruistic and caring leader may continue at a task
even if it is unpleasant because the person is concerned with the
greater good of the organization.
Intellectual Attributes. The intellectual attributes involve
the abilities that would help a person to solve complex problems
in organizations. These include critical thinking ability, the
ability to develop creative solutions, and the ability to integrate
diverse ideas. The solutions to many problems in organizations
may require novel solutions that involve the integration of
Interpersonal Attributes. The interpersonal attributes
involve the skills and personality attributes that would allow a
person to communicate effectively, build rapport, resolve
conflicts, reduce work stress, and reduce bullying in the
workplace. The skills may involve being an effective listener,
and being able to communicate in a clear, cogent, and concise
manner. The personality attributes may involve being authentic,
empathetic, humorous, respectful, and caring.
One of the articles on this page concerns the relationship
between a supervisor's perceived sense of humor and job
satisfaction. Humor may be an attribute of authentic leadership.