ABSTRACT

A historic assessment of the development of leadership theory is critical in understanding how the concept of management and leadership has developed through the years. It is important to understand leadership acumen as it relates to motivating followers to engage to make strategic goals happen for organizational success. One theorist, Mary Parker Follett, provided a strong foundation of research to begin the journey of filling in the gaps. Follett was an American social worker, management theorist, and philosopher in the fields of organizational behavior and group interactions in the workplace. She advocated that people were the most valuable commodity within any business operation. She was one of the first to conceptualize the importance of human relationships in the management purview in the industrial sector, suggesting that managers and leaders must view their roles from a holistic perspective and not just in terms of work proficiencies.