is the ability to influence the opinion and actions ofanother to follow a certain way, instead of their own. In anysetting, leadership is not synonymous with seniority, and anybody canbe a leader in his or her own capacity (Graen et al 67). does not necessarily mean authority. People in authority are referredto as managers. A good manager instills fear while a good leaderenhances trust among his followers. This piece of writing is areaction essay on what I have learned in this leadership class. Itcompares my view regarding leadership, before and after taking thisclass.
To me, leadership means being responsible for your actions and thoseof others (Graen et al 48). It does not technically mean to take thebullet for your colleagues, but I attach some sort of responsibilityon leadership. Since they are in a position to influence decisionsand actions, they should be ready for the outcome of their influence.However, leaders should not be blamed for every individual wrongdoingof their team members. Some individuals act against the wish of theirleader on their own volition.
Before taking this course, my definition of a leader was somebody ina position of power and influence (Martin 287). In an organization,they are the individuals who are the closest to the administration.Their main function is to oversee the smooth running of the workplaceand tell on their colleagues- especially those they dislike. I alsoused to think that leaders are born. As my knowledge in the coursebroadened, I realized how wrong I was. is a learningexperience.
As Martin (278) writes, no set of characteristics can define anideal leader. However, possession of many of these characteristicscan make one a better leader. My best leadership attributes ishonesty. I always outline issues in black and white without hidinganything. I have the ability to stay committed to a course for longerthan many. I also have a positive attitude towards working withothers. Despite not being so talkative, I have an innate ability toinspire others when given the chance. I always try to maintain anaura of confidence even in the most intimidating situations.
Being human, I too have some flaws that ensnare my potential to be agood leader. I need to work on my communication skills (Martin 258).More often than not, I never talk about common issues. As it turnsout, common sense is not common to all. I am trying to stop the habitof imagining everybody knows the right thing to do. I also have trustissues, especially when it comes to dealing with new people. It takeslonger than average before I can have faith in the abilities of myteammates. This misgiving may deter my ability to delegate when I amin a leadership position. I need to work on this issue too.
I plan to apply the knowledge gained in this course in all aspectsof my life. is applicable everywhere (Boswell 39). If Ifind teenagers bullying a small kid on the train, I will stand up forthe kid- that is leadership. In my future job, I will need to exhibitleadership skills, especially when appointed to lead a team. If Iever get married, I will need to display leadership abilities. Mykids will need a role model. I will use the knowledge acquired inthis course to instill morals and leadership skills in them.
I feel that I have demonstrated growth in my social skills. I do notfeel awkward when talking to people whom I barely know. I haveimproved my ability to inspire others. I always talk with youngpeople in the neighborhood to motivate them to steer clear oftrouble. Before the class, I barely gave them a second look. I feelthat I need to learn more about accountability and leadershipresponsibility.
People tend to avoid being in charge because it comes with greatresponsibility (Martin 234). Many people look up to those in chargeand any misdoing is blamed on them. Some people are generally shy andthe last thing they want is the attention that leadership attracts.More often than not, there is no monetary motivation for being incharge. People who are after the money may not find the positionlucrative.
When one asks for more responsibility, they gain experience (Graelet al 254). They also become tough and mentally prepared. Moreresponsibility means more opportunities and more risks. When a personlearns to balance between the two, they stand a chance of gainingfrom more responsibility. More responsibility brings in newchallenges making the whole learning experience exciting.
To develop leadership skills for the future, my first action step isbeing proactive and taking initiative. In my professional life, Iwill never avoid any opportunity of showing leadership in any of theposition presented to me. Unlike before, I will step forward to takeup leadership in any capacity. My second step is to have moreinteractions with people. this will build my social skills to promotemy interaction with people leading me and the people I am leading inmy position. Having a role model and mentor will be a good step formy leadership program.
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