Lead Your Hotel With Authenticity
By Mostafa Sayyadi Management Consultant, The Change Leader Consulting Inc | May 17, 2020
Many hotel executives wonder what academic and leadership writers are trying to explain via models. There really is not much difference except that a theoretical framework has been tried and tested while a model may be an application that leaders can learn and teach others. For instance, various models have been presented in an attempt to portray the concept of leadership.
However, there have been several shifts in the study of leadership, and subsequently newer approaches to leadership emerged leading up to the emergence of authentic leadership model. While there are many leadership models that hotel executives can apply, my emphasis will be based upon the authentic leadership model. This article examines authentic leadership model that is directed at developing a better understanding of the concept and evolution of authentic leadership model.
Authentic leaders can build a highly effective hotel through taking a change-oriented leadership approach, which highly manifests itself in talent development, organizational culture, and inspiring vision for the future. They generate a shared and inspiring vision for the future expansion into global markets. Also, they build a learning climate through identifying intellectual capital and empowering them.
Most importantly, they transform hotels by attempting to change the basic values, beliefs, and attitudes of followers so that they are willing to perform beyond their previous or originally level specified by the hotel in their job description. They also contribute to new services to meet dynamic market needs, through inspirational motivation and higher expectations for new and strategic opportunities to meet the needs of customers in the marketplace.
A Birds-Eye View of Leadership
Leadership, when assessed from a distance, is somewhat elusive. Scholars found some mismatches between theoretical concepts of leadership and empirical investigations, and explained that while the theoretical concepts of leadership are extensive, empirical studies could not have sufficiently supported these theoretical concepts. In fact, past studies about leadership lacked a multilevel approach, and only focused on downward control. Not accounting for a middle-level leader who takes a two-way approach to influence both superiors and subordinates---more of liaison.
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