I’m reviewing the seventh edition of Gary Yukl’s classic textbook on leadership entitled “Leadership in Organizations.” As textbooks go, this one is excellent – easy to read and packed with both contemporary and classic research on leadership.
Yukl concludes his book with his opinion of the 10 most effective leadership functions for enhancing collective work in teams and organizations. But he reminds us there is no recipe for leadership, and these 10 functions can and should be performed by anyone, anywhere in the organization. Here is Yukl’s list:
1. Help interpret the meaning of events
2. Create alignment on objectives and strategies
3. Build task commitment and optimism
4. Build mutual trust and cooperation
5. Strengthen collective identity
6. Organize and coordinate activities
7. Encourage and facilitate collective learning
8. Obtain necessary resources and support
9. Develop and empower people
10. Promote social justice and morality
I want to stress again that these recommendations, while subjective, are based on Yukl’s interpretation of the best theories and empirical findings of the extant research on leadership. What do you think of this list? Is this list missing anything significant?