Leadership Assignment: Social Movements

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Running Head: Leadership in social movementsLeadership in social movementsStyles of leadership
Leadership in social movements1ContentsIntroduction......................................................................................................................................1Styles of leadership..........................................................................................................................1Agitator........................................................................................................................................1Innovator......................................................................................................................................2Orchestrator..................................................................................................................................3Importance of communication in leadership...................................................................................4Flow of information.....................................................................................................................4Trust.............................................................................................................................................4Consistency..................................................................................................................................5Challenges faced by different leadership roles................................................................................5Agitators.......................................................................................................................................5Innovators.....................................................................................................................................5Orchestrators................................................................................................................................6Conclusion.......................................................................................................................................7References........................................................................................................................................9
Leadership in social movements2IntroductionThere are millions of social issues dug deep in our society, few of them surface every now andthen. However, only a few manage to erupt out loud and spread their lava across an entiregeography. What is central to note is that this eruption does not happen overnight solely on thebasis of passion, rather it requires strong determination, consistent efforts, effective leadership,efficient management & transparent communication. This report throws light on the leadershipthat makes way for a social revolution. The leadership of a social movement is unique from theleadership that we see in organizations today. There can rarely be a single leader to bring about achange alone. Such movements often require an agitator, an innovator and an orchestrator. Anagitator notices a problem in the society and communicates it to the public at large. Innovatorsstrategize and devise unique ways and an action plan to bring that change. Lastly, orchestratorscarry out that action plan through efficient coordination among various stakeholders of themovement (HBX, 2017). Every successful societal change movement starts with an agitation,followed up effective innovation, leading up to planned orchestration and finally resulting in theadoption of desired change. This report has established various characteristics of these threeleadership styles, the importance of communication in each leadership style as well as thechallenges face by them all.Styles of leadershipThere have been many great leaders across the globe who are renowned for their actions buteither of these leaders have hardly stirred things solely by their might. Hence, after detailedresearch and analysis, it has been established that any societal change that takes place at a grandscale, requires three kinds of leaders whose characteristics and roles are explained as below(Stanford social Innovation Review, 2017).AgitatorAgitator is the person who identifies a problem and spreads awareness about the existence of theproblem to a wider audience. The agitator is the beginning of every societal revolution because itis the agitator who has first set eyes on the problem (Rucht, 2012). As a leader, agitators have aninquisitive mind and are highly optimistic. They believe in breaking the barriers of status quo
Leadership in social movements3and bringing about change in the society. Agitators have a sense of initiation and excellentleadership qualities. They believe strongly in making the first move towards any change andbeing the trailblazer for the change.Agitators are ideally orators and possess excellent communication skills. It is inherent in them tobe able to persuade and convince people with their words and actions (Stewart & Smith, 2012).Their communication in terms of their speech as well as their body language is largelyflamboyant. They easily become the center of attention and when they speak people tend to listencarefully. It is highly significant for an agitator of any social movement to have immenseknowledge about the issue (Toch, 2013). They must also work upon building deep relationshipsand take leverage of their strong network as and when required.Agitators are known for bringing diverse people together against a common problem. Their skillsare able to convince people that the problem in reference requires attention, modification as wellas mutual action. Agitators make sure that they communicate in a manner that demonstrates thatthe problem faced in genuine and affects everyone equally. They ensure that people feel that theproblem affects everyone and hence everyone must work towards changing it. Agitators stir themovement in the very initial stage. Another characteristic of agitators is their consistent ability toraise their voice in case of a problem rather than adjusting to it. Hence they are crucial to initiateand bring about any social change in the society since they take the first step in making thatchange.InnovatorOnce the problem has been identified and communicated to the public at large by the agitators,the innovators come into the picture and work upon taking the first step to solving the problem.As the name indicates, innovators gauge the current situation, identify the best way ahead to dealwith the situation and innovate a unique strategy to accomplish it. The solution of the problemsidentified by agitators is devised by the innovators. As leaders, innovators are highly motivatedand tremendously creative. They have a tendency to forecast the upcoming situations and worktowards changing them to the best of their ability (Dhomne & Hall, 2012).
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