At this stage in your studies of business and leadership, what type of leader do you believe you are or would like to become? How ready are you to lead others?
This blog will offer a general overview of leadership which can be based on the previous four blogs. Through 10 weeks learning of the leadership module, I have an inclusive understanding of how effective leadership can be crucial. Also, a discussion on the feedback I have received from my colleagues over the course of my MBA helped in developing my skills to have a good platform to start a career in the oil and gas industry.
My Vision & understanding of effective leadership
Knowing quite well how leaders play a strong role in the direction to which an organisation heading, it is important they bear the responsibilities towards a successful environment to point out the vision to the company and its employees. Such leaders are generally transformational in nature in a way that they meet and set the desired objectives by motivating and inspiring the subordinates.
Typically, ethical leadership is a vital component as these ethics can be the determining factor of gaining trust and commitment from the subordinates (Mihelic et al. 2010). In instances where leaders are not being ethical, the people happen to lose faith in them as well as showing little or no interest in what they address. Basically, leadership is not only restricted to having the skills only but also a process of constant communication within the organisation (Schyns et al. 2011).
Similarly, I find inspiration from a form of dynamic transformational leadership. Leaders with such traits have the skill to nurture and building their subordinates into successful individuals (Horwitch and Whipple, 2014). These leaders are usually important in balancing the gap between what a person might be and what he inspires to become (Mihelic et al. 2010).
Nelson Mandela, through his inspirational leadership helped me build on the understanding of what an effective leadership is. Mandela’s biggest achievement was fighting against racism at a time when South Africa was going through a strict system and a violent racial isolation (Pearce, 2013).
Figure 1: Nelson Mandela
(Source: Inspirational think tank, 2016)
As he wrote, “In the end we must remember that no number of rules or their enforcement will defeat those who struggle with justice on their side”. Admirably, Mandela’s personality was being able to encourage and inspire a whole nation to move past the activities that happened in the past and keeping a togetherness. Another great quality Mandela had was being able to forgive people and making peace with them. This great quality won him a Noble peace prize in 1993 (Adams, 2013).
During this module, I have acquired an understanding of various theories and models which have assisted me in having a good knowledge of analysing my leadership skills. Belbin’s team role model, Hofstede model and Tuckman’s models have helped me in gaining a useful information of leadership. Through these theories models, I analysed my strengths and weaknesses by differentiating between the various kinds of leaders.
Furthermore, from group work sessions, I could lead my group members and this inspired me to do well in becoming a true leader. Based on the feedbacks gotten from peers, working under pressure and delivering a good team result helped me understand these leadership qualities. My strong commitment of concentrating on the goals at hand and trying not to lose focus helped me in overcoming and cutting any communication barriers.
However, there are areas I need to develop over the period of my MBA. Motivating and encouraging my peers is what I need to develop as it evident that great leaders motivate their team members towards achieving their goals. Great leaders always take advantage of opportunities to develop their weaknesses.
Equally, rather than maintaining a certain leadership style, I will like to be able to change my leadership style to adapt to different situations. As evidenced in the real-life example of Ricardo Semler, he switched his leadership style to suit the situation at Semco company by implementing his values for the better growth of the company. It is essential for a leader to be aware of the concerns and growing issues to build an organisation that can face the can face the changing situations (Vigoda-Gadot and Beeri, 2012).
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Horwitch, M. and Whipple, M. (2014) Bain & Company. Leaders who inspire: A 21st century approach to developing your talent.
Mihelic, K., Lipicnik, B. and Tekavic, M. (2010) International Journal of Management & Information Systems: Ethical Leadership, (14)5.
Pearce, N. (2013) ‘The Leadership Lessons of Nelson Mandela’. Bloomberg business week. Available at: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-12/the-leadership-lessons-of-nelson-mandela [23 March 2017].
Vigoda-Gadot, E. and Beeri, I. (2012) Change-oriented organizational citizenship behaviour in public administration: The power of leadership and the cost of organisational politics. Journal of Public Administration Research Theory, vol. 22, no.3, pp 573-596.