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Decision Making and Problem Solving, 2nd Edition by John Adair

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THE FUNCTIONS OF LEADERSHIP

What has all this got to do with leadership? Simply this: in order to achieve the common task and to maintain teamwork, certain functions have to be performed. And a function is what you do, as opposed to a quality, which is an aspect of what you are. For example, someone has to define the objectives, make a plan, or hold the team together if it is threatened by disruptive forces.

Now we are on firm ground. For you can learn to provide the functions of leadership which are called for by task, team and individual needs. This is the entrance door to effective leadership. The function approach set out here is also sometimes called action-centred leadership. A function is one of a group of related actions contributing ...

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