My vision of leadership
This blog will be generally divided into two parts. It will firstly present my own vision of leadership and my inspiration in terms of being a leader. The other part will focus on ways to develop my leading skills. Through a series of learning about different theories of leadership by different people, I have generalized my own understanding of leadership.
In general, leadership is the process of guiding a group of people in a right direction to achieve desired outcome. In a team, leaders could be considered the core of the team who bring people together to work in collaboration and discover and unlock their potential. An effective leadership involves several important aspects like personality, ability both in work and in leading people, as well as leading style, leading skills and approach. As for me, I would like to be a leader who leads people in a democratic way. In my opinion, every team is make up of different individuals which may run into conflicts with one another every now and then. Appreciation and tolerance for the differences is one of the crucial abilities I have to lead people.
I derive my inspiration for leadership from one of the most prominent female leaders in the world. Chanda Kochhar is the CEO of ICICI Bank who was honored the 10th most powerful woman in business in 2010 ( Chandler 2012). As a leader, there are several conclusive points contributing to her distinguished accomplishment in business. One of the most effective approaches is communication. Communication among employees and leaders is vital in addressing the differences and conflicts. Throughout communication, people are able to exchange ideas and opinions so as to eliminate prejudice. In this way, mutual trust among employees will be nurtured so as to guarantee high quality collaboration.
Understanding factors contributing to effective leadership and reflect on my strength and weakness is the top priority to develop my leading skills with specific purpose. Feedback is a crucial form of self-understanding in developing self-insight and confirming perceptions (Mullins 2013:716-7). After receiving feedback from my colleagues, I have developed a fuller realization of my strength and weakness in leading people.
Basically, For one thing, my strength in personality qualifies me to be a good leader as I am an enthusiastic person who is good at encouraging people in a cheerful way. A qualified leader must be responsible for boosting morale among employees and be encouraging in front of workers because it helps to nurture dynamics. For another thing, democratic style of leadership allows me to tolerant differences and also discover potential strengths of others. Equal relationship among leaders and employees which allows everyone to have an equal say in decision-making is promoted in the context of my leading. Moreover, education in relation to professional and effective leadership knowledge has added to my advantage of being a competent leader since education is now becoming an important factor for effective leadership.
However, a massive efforts are greatly needed to fully develop my skills to become a competent leader. Firstly, be aware of the significant role motivation plays in improving employees’ performance. Motivation is the psychological process from the interaction between the individual and the environment (Latham and Pinder, 2005). Motivation in terms of job security, working conditions, financial prizes and appreciation of the job is substantially associate with satisfaction from work which contributes to lower turnover and higher performance.
As a leader, one must be generous about complimenting workers’ creativity and good performance. A recognition of individual’s contribution to the company will stimulate their confidence. For example, organizing healthy competitions between teams and setting up reward and incentive system are feasible measures to achieve higher motivation effects. In addition, having the ability to manage changes of all kind is a must-have ability for a leader.
For me, basically, I need to develop adaptability to changes and stay calm when confronting urgent and unexpected emergency. Apart from that, being a competent leader requires a full-developed ability both in work and organizing workers. Good ways to achieve competency include example-learning and real practice. To learn from successful leaders’ experience and approaches helps to reflect on my weaknesses as well as rooms for improvement. Successful leaders like Howard Schultz, Indra Nooyi and Chanda Kochhar are good examples worth learning. More importantly, to engage in real case and practices so as to improve leading skills step by step.
Chandler, C (2012) Leading in the 21st century: An interview with Chanda Kochhar [online] available from: <http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/leading_in_the_21st_century/an_interview_with_chanda_kochhar> %5B29 March 2015%5D
Latham, G. and Pinder, C. (2005) ‘Work Motivation Theory and Research at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century’. Annu. Rev. Psychol 56(1), pp.485-516
Mullins, L.J. (2013) Management and Organizational Behavior. United Kingdom: FT Publishing International.