Leadership is an aspect that has drawn worldwide interest in the recent decades, especially to scholars and researchers. Generally, there is a direct relationship between leadership and organizational/Institutional performance and productivity. However, leadership is made significant by development of appropriate leadership programs that are geared towards achievement of organization’s set objectives as well as increasing its value.
Programs are strategies of action that are laid down with the intention of integrating people who work in an institution, planning on the time for particular tasks as well as laying down a clear schedule for the achievement of a common interest. The leadership concept is central in every economic, social and political aspect of development in all areas of human interaction, thus, is key to all developmental processes.
All leadership programs are in essence the most crucial in any organization regardless of its size, in defining and interpreting future directions that the management should put in place for the sake of objectives achievement. Moreover, effectiveness, behavior, and sustainability of an organization depend mainly on the type of leadership programs in operation (Rothwell and Kazanas, 1999).
This paper will seek to investigate what leadership programs are, in relation to organizational behavior. Additionally, it aims at establishing the relationship that exists between leadership program and the purpose of an organization. Furthermore, with awareness that every strategy must have an effect within the organization of application, it is crucial to establish the significance of leadership in its field of application, specifically in organizations.
Programs entail a schedule of actions that are followed in order to accomplish a particular task. There are various forms of programs, among them being programs of leadership. These are mainly utilized in organizations to help define the organizational behavior, though most of them have not been able to provide a concise description of organizational behavior. In an institution, several types of leadership programs do exist, each with its particular mode of operation.
First, there are training programs that are mainly set for training employees on rules and regulations as well as work schedules. Additionally, there are departmental programs that govern activities of each department within an institution, as well as defining the scope of the departmental operations. Moreover, other programs are for use outside the organization when discussing issues related to the organization’s clientele (Hsu, Bell and Cheng, 2011).
Programs are normally accounted to the senior management within an organization, who spearhead implementation as well as monitoring their effectiveness in their areas of application. Effective programs are those that would ensure organizational sustainability as well as development. However, the effectiveness of programs is directly connected to employee satisfaction, commitment as well as the goals and strategies that the company has set.
Effective change management within an organization is key to the effectiveness of the leadership programs that are put in place. Nevertheless, every organization/ institution, regardless of its size or location needs to have appropriate leadership programs in order to pave way for significant change and productivity (Hsu, Bell and Cheng, 2011).
Leadership program and Organizational Purpose
An organizational that is strategically set to gain success in its operations is always defined by a work setting that has appropriately established leadership programs. Every organization at its inception usually has well defined objectives, which its management as well as all employees yearn to achieve in the course of time.
This signifies the purpose of an organization, an aspect that is greatly influenced by leadership programs in operation. The importance of leadership programs in fulfilling the purpose of an organization entails setting a defined direction into which it will be managed. Moreover, it provides an insight for identification, establishment, and translation of social and economic processes that are deemed crucial in an organization’s achievement of purpose (Nelson and Campbell-Quick, 2008-2010).
Organizational purpose is mainly driven by an institution’s vision, objectives, plans, desires, as well as the anticipated strategies that are aimed at developing the organization into achieving its objectives. Theories that have been put in place regarding leadership programs have directly tied the attainment and development of an organization or a societal set to effectiveness in leadership.
More over, it is evident from the studies conducted on the organizational behavior that the construction of an institution’s direction and strategy lies in the hands of senior management within an organization, a factor that greatly influences performance and productivity.
Thus, the organizational purpose is achievable when the leadership in place within any institution lays effective programs, spearheads the implementation of these programs, and leads the entire institution into the achievement of ultimate goals (Hannum, et al., 2007).
Significance of leadership program
Leadership programs play a very significant role within their areas of application. It is important to note that leadership has ever formed the basis of institutional management as well as the behavior of organizations. The fact that every organization must have leadership who steer every step of progress portrays that leadership is very crucial in every setting. First, leadership programs are instruments that define the direction into which every organized activity will follow.
More over, they are key in explaining the level of organizational sustainability as well as its value. They also play key roles in translating the objectives of every event that has to take place in an organizational set up as well as defining the mission and strategy for every organization. More critical about the programs, it is not easy to implement new strategies and ideas without leadership as well as a clearly defined program (Zaccaro and Klimoski, 1998).
On the other hand, it is not always a simple task to come up with any leadership program fit for every organization. Effective leadership is crucial in determining the kind of program that should be put in place. In addition, a program of leadership that is desired is one that is able to pave way for a change within the organizations and at the same time define clear change management strategies to enhance successful operation.
Thus, organizations with an appropriate leadership program should tend towards a positive side and not a negative one. The structure and culture of an organization is also highly influenced by the format of leadership as well as programs that define its direction.
Majorly, the purpose of an organization and development are greatly influenced by the processes of organizational leadership that are in operation, for instance the level of employee commitment is very crucial in determining the organizational design. In addition, the relevance of non-routine influence in the entire life of an organization identifies the type of leadership program that thrives in the particular organization.
At the same time, the characteristics and forces of a leadership system form the basis of leadership programs, which ultimately binds the leadership of an organization inherently. Therefore, it is important for each organization to develop a program of leadership that would influence its value and sustainability positively (Rothwell and Kazanas, 1999).
Strategic development and management is a sensitive area within organizations, thus creating the need for leadership programs. It is certain that, since organizations have leaders who are involved in spearheading organizational activities, they must come up with a schedule of actions that will lead to its success.
The same leadership programs are crucial in the management of small groups in their activities. Leadership programs are countless, since every institution has its own policies that govern it. However, earlier research studies and theories have shown the importance of such programs in every place, therefore, there is a need that they be applied (Zaccaro and Klimoski, 1998).
Moreover, leadership programs have a great impact in defining the purpose of any organization in terms of direction, dynamics, strategies, as well as objectives. However, the aim of the paper was achieved since we were able to come up with a concise discussion concerning leadership programs. Nevertheless, intensive empirical and conceptual research should be conducted to reveal more on leadership programs.
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