Executives and managers make their mark on the culture of the organization and have a decisive influence on the extent to which the staff is motivated to achieve extraordinary levels of performance. However, few executives and managers know under what conditions which particular modes of leadership behavior can optimise the working results, the satisfaction of the staff or the general atmosphere at work and successful team-work.
"One of the most important steps that companies can take to improve their competitive position consists of making available the meanwhile extensive insights of scientific research on leadership to all their managers and executives."
Quote from Prof. Dr. Eric Kearney, GISMA Business School, Professor of Organizational Behavior & Human Resources.
GISMA Business School in its Leadership Definition distinguishes between Relational Leadership and Strategic Leadership.
Relational Leadership describes leadership competence in the relationship between superior and staff member as well as in the leadership of teams and in teams. Individual topics here include conflict solving, negotiation competence, motivation, leadership and power, as well as managing change processes. Intercultural factors and differences, leadership styles as well as the effectiveness of teams supplement this area of studies.
Strategic Leadership is concerned on the other hand with questions that impact to a large extent the general and long-term positioning of the company. These include the question of strategy development, strategic thinking and the implementation of strategies. In particular it also includes the consequences arising from strategic development on the structure and organization of a company and the question of leadership styles and organization forms.
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