The aim of this blog is to analyze myself as a leader, identify my role model and how my peers regard me as a leader.
Through self discovery, peer and tutor review, I have come to the understanding that I am more of a transformational leader who believes in generating a purpose and working alongside his subordinates and or team members towards accomplishing it. Yukl (2010) indicates that such a leader articulates a clear and appealing purpose of the organization explains and acts confidently as well as express confidence in followers towards accomplishing that vision. Also, while Bass (1995) considers transformational leadership as idealized influenced (charisma), Iiris and Tuomo (2000) acknowledge that transformational leaders help their followers to perform beyond organizational expectations. A moral view is brought in by Odon and Green (2001) wherein they consider transformational leadership as focusing on the moral development of followers by trying to transform them into ethical followers.
Through leadership studies and demonstrations at CULC, I am better ready to undertake greater task in leading others. With the possession of a core ingredient of transformational leadership (Charisma), which is considered by Weber (1978) as a quality of an individual personality through which he is considered to be extraordinary, I can better use referent and legitimate power in managing. A good leader needs to be one who causes others to do the job happily and not through coercion (Mullins) 2010. I have been able to build this ability and do have a good mastery on what type of leadership role and style will better suit a particular circumstance by also having an understanding of other models of leadership and not being limited to just one model.
Great leaders have come and gone, but the one who inspires me most in his leadership style is Bill Clinton who doubles as the 42nd President of the United States of America. Being a transformational leader, Bill Clinton has taught me four core things inorder to succeed as a leader; how to embrace complexities, focus on issues that actually make a difference, figure out how to advance through adversities as well as partnership with your subordinates in order to accomplish your purpose. Through his statement after the incident with Monica Lowinsky wherein he stated that it is not enough to fall down and remain; and that when you fall down, you have to get up and continue fighting, I learned that you can actually create a conducive environment through which people can make mistakes and still remain enthusiastic towards accomplishing that goal. He is a very charismatic leader who was able to pull crowds despite the negativity on his social and private life and he did not end at that but was able to give the American people the best kind of life during his reign (The Guardian 2013)
Through peer review, I have also realized that am a good team player, planner, problem solver, a person who takes initiatives towards ensuring that the work is done as well as a good decision making. Serving as a team member and leader most at times, I have been able to build my inter-personal relationship skills by reflecting on the comments being given by my peers and trying to apply them. In a lead role during one of the group activities in leadership, I led my team to success and was described by my peers in their review as a transformational leader who takes initiatives and is able to communicate his point as well as convince and encourage others to follow him.
As a future leader, my best and most appropriate leadership approach is that put forward by Adair (2013) which is regarded as the Action-Centered Leadership wherein I need to reconcile between task, team maintenance and individual needs. Achieving the objectives of the group, maintaining morale and building team spirit as well as meeting the needs of the individual members (Adair 2013) are priorities that I must satisfy as Adair considers them to be overlapping and the absent of one will affect the others.
Through reflections from peer and tutor review, I have come to the conclusions that leadership challenges are much more higher especially when one has to reconcile between satisfying individual needs in a team as well accomplishing the task. Leaders are not born but are trained for through my leadership studies and peer review, I have been able to develop my leadership abilities and can outwardly say am a transformational leader now. Finally, like Mullins (2010) puts it, leaders know the way, show the way and go the way.
Adair, J. (2003) the Inspirational Leader: How to Motivate, Encourage and Achieve Success, Kogan. Cited in Mullins, L. J. (2010) Management & Organisational Behaviour. Essex: Financial Times Pitman Publishing
Bass, B. M. (1990) Hand Book of Leadership: Research Theory and Managerial Application. 3rd edn. The Free Press
Iiris, A. M. and Tuomo, T. (2000) ‘Charismatic leadership, manipulation and organizational life’. Journal of Workplace Learning 12 (4), 146-158
Mullins, L. J. (2010) Management & Organisational Behaviour. Essex: Financial Times Pitman Publishing
Odon and Green (2001) The Moral nature of Transformational Leadership. Cited in Mullins, L. J. (2010) Management & Organisational Behaviour. Essex: Financial Times Pitman Publishing
The Guardian Newspaper (2013) Bill Clinton: Great Success for the USA [online] available from< http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/28/uselections2008.democrats20084?INTCMP=SRCH> [22 June 2013]
Weber, M. (1947) The Theory of Social and Economic Organisation. Oxford University Press
Yukl, G. (2010) Leadership in Organizations, 7th edn. Prentice-Hal