Leadership course entails a number of concepts that can influence the approach that leaders can take in executing their roles and responsibility. A new concept that I have come across in this course which will have an impact on my future leadership is role modeling and cascading and empowerment. Role modeling entails setting a case in point that can manipulate the followers of the leader to emulate such behavior. Cascading on the other hand involves the replication of setting role models in the leadership hierarchy from the top management to the lower levels of management, (Yukl, 2009).
Studies indicate that in most cases, the workforce follows the foot-steps of their leaders. Thus, it is very important for the leaders to conduct themselves according to the beliefs and values that are advocated within their organizations. Additionally, it has been noted that leading by example considerably impacts the effectiveness of leadership of teams, individuals as well as organizations, (Posner & Kouzes, 2008). Arguably, it is yet to be proved that cascading of leader behavior in deed takes place. However, it is evident that the top manager or rather the executive can influence the junior managers in various ways. These includes; through communication media, direct interaction through meetings, mentoring of junior leaders as well as designing management programs in given manner to promote a desired cultural values.
Finally, as mentioned previously, the concept of role modeling and cascading will have a greater impact on my leadership. For instances, my behavior as far as my leadership roles and responsibilities will be shaped in such a way that it will have a positive impact on my juniors. As such, I will be setting a good example for my followers which will have a positive impact on the organization.
Posner, B. & Kouzes, J. (2008). The Leadership Challenge (4th Ed). Illinois: Jossey-Bass
Yukl, G. (2009). Leadership in Organizations (7th Ed). New York: Pearson