Characteristics of Authentic Group/Organisational Leaders

Group/organisational leaders are sometimes catalytic and sometimes prescriptive. However, authentic leaders always hold onto their objective of facilitating the aims of the group.

Catalysis can be defined as the process in which the rate of a chemical reaction is either increased or decreased by means of a chemical substance known as a catalyst. Unlike other reagents that participate in the chemical reaction, a catalyst is not consumed by the reaction itself. A values based leader either accelerates or puts a brake on the learning of a group.

Because he/she is centred by his/her values, the group process does not change them. They remain focussed on the desired outcome.

The leader, however, is entirely within his/her rights to act in a way that is prescriptive, i.e. prescribe behaviour based on a norm or standard.

What is important in leadership is communication, not necessarily process.
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