Leadership and followership
Leadership and followership

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7 Summary

You should now feel more confident about facing some of the key challenges you may encounter as a leader. You are aware of a variety of processes and models that might give you a structure to plan your actions around, or provide some insight into why people behave in a certain way. All the topics covered in this section are the focus of much attention and research, and you can easily find out more about them in print or online.

You should now feel that you can:

  • recognise a range of common leadership challenges
  • reflect on challenges you have observed or experienced
  • describe ways in which common leadership challenges might be addressed.

Next week, you’ll look at some of the potential challenges for leaders of the future, including technological developments and global change. You’ll consider some of the leadership styles that are emerging and find out where to go to keep up with the sometimes rapid changes that are underway.

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