Mining Leadership Style

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The unpredictability of the business environment has resulted in organisations encountering numerous challenges and changes due to globalisation, technological development and intensive competition (Hanaysha, Khali, Sarassina, Rahman, & Zakaria, 2012). Organisations around the world are in search of leaders who can lead the organisation towards profitability and greatness (Chully & Sandhya, 2014). The leadership style adopted by an organisation plays a considerable role in the direction, future and success of an organisation (Chully & Sandhya, 2014). An effective leader who has the capability to optimise the organisation’s resources, motivate employees and manage their activities towards accomplishing an organisational goal is desired (Thamrin,…show more content…
The fluctuations and complexity of the business world and organisations today make leadership more important. The debate in the mining industry is whether management has adequate motivation and energy to lead and engage supervisors and mine workers (Mclaggan et al., 2013). .The mining environment is constantly changing and these changes require vision and leadership from board members and management (PWC, 2012).
Adopting a proficient leadership style by management in the mining industry will assist in dealing with the various challenges and changes the industry is currently experiencing. Transformational leadership is important for effective management, as the efficiency of the leader will determine the ultimate success of an organisation (Mokgolo, Mokgolo, & Modiba, 2012). Transformational leaders affect their followers, who then later feel trust, respect, loyalty and admiration towards the leader, being inspired to do more and beyond what is expected from them (Antonakis, 2012; Avolio,
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Transformational leadership is positively associated with the performance of subordinates (Cavazotte, Moreno, & Bernardo, 2012). Transformational leaders can influence followers’ performance by (1) assisting subordinates to become aware of the importance of expected results; (2) asking subordinates to prioritize others over themselves; and (3) transforming subordinates’ level of needs (Thamrin, 2012). Bass and Avolio (1994) state that transformational leadership can motivate, influence individuals’ behaviours and attitudes, and improve performance. Transformational leaders focus on aligning followers’ desires and aims with that of the organisation and this fosters organisational commitment and motivates individuals to perform. Transformational leaders increase followers’ intrinsic value of performance and confidence which results in higher levels of motivation, equipping employees with the potential to perform beyond expectations (Burns, 1978; Cavazotte et al.,
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