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Factors Affecting Leadership Effectiveness

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A study on the factors that affect efficient leadership is an important one for any organization.&nbsp. The reason for this is that leadership is dependent on individuals who manage the said organizations and that these individuals are very different from each other.&nbsp. Even when there is existing literature that shows the characteristics of good leaders, not all people can emulate these characteristics because of the fact that they are indeed different from each other.&nbsp. These literature then are just guidelines and it clearly depends on the leaders to follow these or form their own strategies on how to best lead their own organizations.&nbsp.

The contention of this paper is that even when there is no universal theory for determining what leads to efficient leadership, it is possible to determine for specific organizations and specific types of managers/leaders whether they are effective and efficient leaders. As such, it follows that the factors that made them effective and efficient leaders can also be determined using empirical research.

The articles included here were researched via Proquest Databases with the search term “factors affecting leadership effectiveness”. This was also limited to full-text scholarly articles from 1996 to 2010. There was no need to revise the search term since there were sufficient articles that the search yielded.

The article by Samad (2009) discusses the relationship of Emotional Intelligence (EI) to the leadership effectiveness of managers in Malaysia.&nbsp. His contention is that high EI should lead to effective leadership since this is, after all, a very social and emotional aspect of management.&nbsp.The study used the theory on Emotional Intelligence as a focus instead of the Intelligence Quotient as the basis for determining leadership effectiveness because as the review of the literature shows extremely intelligent leaders do not necessarily have the leadership skills that make them effective leaders.