Union Leadership

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  • 1. Union Leadership

2. Leadership If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. -John Quincy Adams- 3. Leadership

  • Leadership critical to organizational success
  • Challenges
    • Convincing members to participate
    • Using limited resources effectively

4. Leadership

  • Definition:
    • The process of influencing the activities of members of an organized group toward the determination and accomplishment of shared goals

5. Leadership Models

  • Laissez-faire (french hands off)
  • Transactional
  • Transformational

6. Laissez-Faire Leadership

  • Passive
  • Delays decisions
  • Gives little or no feedback
  • Makes little effort to help with problems
  • Not effective in democratic organization

7. Transactional Leadership

  • Traditional Approach
  • Motivates by reward or punishment
  • Identifies the roles of organizational members
  • Discerns member needs
  • Communicates how to fulfill needs
  • Exchange for member activities

8. Transactional Examples

  • Exchanges
    • Higher wages/benefits for strike support
    • Better leadership for candidate vote
    • Threaten to withhold services unless supported by member

9. Transformational Leadership

  • Focus communicating group goals to members
  • Convince members to put union goals above own
  • Ask members to look beyond self interest
  • Transform organizational culture
  • Instills new values

10. Union Context

  • Transformational leader seeks postponement of members self interests or agenda
  • Requests members to advance interest and agenda as part of a similar and common collective interest

11. Thirty-Five Studies

  • Transformed Leadership
    • Higher levels of member satisfaction
    • Greater commitment to organization
    • Higher levels of membership participation
    • Higher levels of performance

12. Transformational Officer

  • Positive Effect on Union Member
    • Loyalty
    • Sense of Responsibility
    • Participation

13. Transformational Characteristics I

  • Strong Role Models
  • Exhibit and Exhibit High Standards
  • Greatly Respected

14. Transformational Characteristics II

  • Inspire and excite members
  • Optimistic, enthusiastic, positive
  • Instills pride and confidence
  • Instills a sense of mission

15. Transformational Characteristics III

  • Touches people on a personal level
  • Isnt aloof or condescending
  • Aware of a persons emotions
  • Communicates concerns to members
  • Takes time to advise and counsel
  • Constantly looking for new waysto build union

16. Transformational Leaders

  • Involve members in decision making
  • Challenges members to think creatively

17. Example Leaders

  • National
    • John Kennedy
      • Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
    • Martin Luther King
      • I have a dream.
  • International
    • Mahatma Gandhi
      • Used non violence as means to transform India into a free nation

18. Leaders

  • Do not use one style exclusively
  • May use different styles
  • Rely more heavily on dominant style in given situations

Laissez -Fair Transformational Transactional 19. Union Movement Leaders

  • Transformational
  • John L. Lewis
    • Charismatic
    • Formed the CIO Industrial Unionism
    • Radical new unionism
    • Organized 1930s
      • Auto
      • Steel
      • ruber

20. Walter Reuther

  • Transformational
    • President of UAW 3 rdCIO President
    • Advocated Beyond Wages and Benefits
    • Led UAW in fight for Social Justice in 1960s
    • Believed Unions had a greater role in society

21. Lane Kirkland

  • Transactional
    • Intelligent but hesitant leader
    • Low key personality
    • Depended on political and public relations strategies
    • Hung on to the status quo

22. Contemporary Leaders

  • Transformational Leadership Style
  • John Sweeney
  • Andy Stern
  • Richard Trumka
  • Linda Chavez-Thompson

23. Local Level Development

  • Transformational Leadership Development
  • Officers, Stewards, Committee Chairs
    • Leadership Assessment
    • Training
    • Mentoring
  • Impacts
    • Improves member attitude
    • Improves member participation

24. Study Supports

  • Transformational Union Leadership Study
  • Union developed test group of union stewards
  • Included training and follow-up development
  • Developed group experienced increase in member satisfaction levels
    • Undeveloped group did not see any increase

25. Conclusion

  • Transformational Leadership
    • Increases member satisfaction
  • Add Improved union performance
  • Add Increase member satisfaction
  • Outcome
    • reflects positively on elected leaders

26. Local Style

  • What style of leadership does your union leader mainly exercise?
    • Laissez- Faire
    • Transactional
    • Transformational

27. Cesar Chavez - Transformational