Chapter 3. Leadership from the Gestalt Perspective

H.B. Karp

Abstract: The current trend in organization development is toward large-system interventions. Although nothing is wrong with this trend, it is important that individual growth and effectiveness not be ignored.

This article explores the following definition of leadership: Leadership is the art of getting people to perform a task willingly. However, two key factors affect leader effectiveness: competence and comfort. A leader can achieve maximum effectiveness first by being aware of what and how he or she thinks and second by considering options for any specific situation. Leadership then becomes the ability to adapt one's authentic style to the circumstances of a particular situation.

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