LEAD THE WAY
In every situation someone of something takes the lead. In social groups, at work, in a life or death situations there is a leader that emerges. Who and how various for one to another but leadership can make a great difference. In my opinion, the purpose of leadership is to ensure the stated goals are met while allowing all involved to shine and inspire others. I would want to be a leader in order to bring people together to inspire them to push himself ang grow while achieving the goal.
“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It's about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire teammates and customers.”
This quote from Robin Sharma is indicative of my vision of leadership. I tend to lead from a supportive side. I scored in the structural category, meaning I prefer organized way of completing a task. I believe the best way to get the desired outcome is to be mindful of the bigger picture and plan accordingly. My second highest score was Human Resource. I believe that team effort and communication can make great things happen. These two leadership orientations do describe my style of leading to a degree. I prefer to lead in a way that highlight the entire team, not just me as the leader of the group.
My top scores for the Leadership Orientation are structural and human resource. Specifically:
Structural leaders emphasize rationality, analysis, logic, facts and data. They are likely to believe strongly in the importance of clear structure and well-developed management systems. A good leader is someone who thinks clearly, makes the right decisions, has good analytic skills, and can design structures and systems that get the job done. (Bolman, 2003)
Human resource leaders emphasize the importance of people. They endorse the view that the central task of management is to develop a good fit between people and organizations. They believe in the importance of coaching, participation, motivation, teamwork and good interpersonal relations. A good leader is a facilitator and participative manager who supports and empowers others. (Bolman, 2003)
These results do resonate with some of my leadership attributes but you’d have to dive deeper and get to the models and attributes that make a leader effective and memorable. A great example of a leader is Indra Nooyi of Pepsi, Co.
“Nooyi is well liked and respected because she listens to those around her, even when they disagree with her. Her background cuts across national boundaries, which gives her a true appreciation for diversity, and she expects those around her to bring their values to work. She is an unusually collaborative person in the top suite of a Fortune 500 company, and she seeks help and information when she needs it. Nooyi notes that expecting people to have good intentions helps her prevent misunderstandings and show empathy for them.”(CFA, n.d.)
Nooyi is a great example of the style leadership I would like to model. She is a combination of the leadership orientation that resonates with me the most, structural, human resource and symbolic. She has attributes from each; makes right decisions, emphasizes the importance of people and has charisma and vision.
My Goals and effective method for leadership achievement
My goals as a leader would be a structured, people centric and inspirational leader. These translate into a trans-formative style of leading. Trans-formative leadership is powerful way to influence outcomes and team morale. “Because transformational leaders express greater levels of concern for people’s well-being, and appeal to people’s values, followers are more likely to believe that the leader has a trustworthy character.” (CFA, n.d.) Trust in your leader is a bonding agent among team members. My goal would be to cultivate a bonded team, base on trust and common goals.
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Bolman, Lee, and Terrence Deal. Leadership Orientations. Jossey-Bass, 2003, www.leebolman.com/Teaching%20materials/Leadership%20Orientations.pdf. Accessed 20 June 2018.
America, College For. “Developing Your Leadership Skills.” Human Growth and Development | Simple Book Production, OpenStax College, courses.candelalearning.com/contributetosociety/chapter/10-6-developing-your-leadership-skills/. Accessed 20 June 2018.