Leadership Terms and Philosophies

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Leadership – The active ability to articulate a vision, to embrace the values of that vision, and nurture an environment where followers can reach the organizations goals and their own personal goals.



Locus of Control - An orientation ascribed to managerial effectiveness typically evaluated by personality scale testing. Most individuals are measured as either “internals” or “externals”. Those with a strong internal locus of control believe most events that occur in their lives are determined by their own actions rather than by chance. In contrast, those with a strong external locus of control believe most events occur by chance or circumstance and conclude they have little control over fate or to change their lives. Those with an internal orientation tend to accept more responsibility for their actions and for organizational performance. Research indicates that those with a strong internal locus of control are also more flexible, innovative, and adaptive and take more initiative in solving problems.