Effective Leadership Assessment

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Table of Contents

1Introduction4
2Methods4
3Results5
4Discussion7
4.1Leadership Style7
4.2Values and Behaviours8
4.3Influence9
4.4Power Bases and Networks9
5Conclusions11
6Recommendations11
6.10 – 6 Months11
6.27 - 18 Months12
6.32 Years and Beyond12
References13
Appendix

1Introduction

The report will concentrate on my assessment of successful and effective leadership through personal observation and also through an interview of an individual that I believe is successful and effective as a leader. The results will be considered and discussed with an emphasis on my perceptions of the leader’s leadership style, values and behaviours in comparison to the person’s own views and leadership theory. A two year plan will also be developed to improve my own leadership effectiveness based on the findings and insights gathered from the research.

The report will answer the following questions:

What are the leaders’ perceived leadership style, values and behaviours from my observations? •Does the leader agree with my observations of their leadership style, values and behaviours? •How does the leader influence others?

How does the leader draw on networks and power bases?
Do the findings agree with the theory on effective leaders? •How can my own leadership effectiveness be improved based on the findings?

The report will outline the methodology used to gather the data, a detailed account of the findings, a discussion on the results and a comparison against the relevant theory and present conclusions and recommendations based on the research.

2Methods
Data for the report was collected by way of observation of a person I perceived as being an effective leader over a one week period and through a one on one interview with that person after the observation period.

The person I selected has a long history (24 years) of experience in senior leadership roles within the federal public service. His present role is as the head of a large federal government department.

The observations were undertaken without the person knowing they were being observed.

During the interview I was able to engage the leader in three questionnaires from the unit text that I felt would give more insight into the persons’ values that might not have been as obvious from simple observation over the short observation time period. The questionnaires undertaken during the interview included:

Leadership Assessment Quiz 5.1 (Ethical Reasoning Inventory) (DuBrin et al., pp124-125); •Leadership Assessment Quiz 8.2 (Organisational Politics Questionnaire ) (DuBrin et al., pp222-223); •Leadership Assessment Quiz 9.1 (Survey of Influence Tactics) ) (DuBrin et al., pp242-243);

It must be noted that due to the limited timeframe for observation and with my limited knowledge of appropriate observation techniques the results of the observation period may not be as accurate as would have been if I was properly trained.

During the report I will refer to the leader as ‘AM’.

3Results

The results from my observations and questionnaires during the interview are shown below.

Observed AM’s View

Leadership stylePARTICIPATIVE/CONSULTATIVECONSULTATIVE
ValuesHonest
Committed
Ambitious
Capable
Helpful
ResponsibleRespect
Commitment
Fairness
Teamwork
Listening
BehavioursSelf-confident
Assertive
Sense of humour
Self aware
Motivated
Empathy
Strong work ethic
Socially adeptTrustworthy
‘Take charge’
Adaptable
Sense of humour
Motivated
Tenacious

Observed ScoreAM’s Own Score

Leadership Assessment Quiz 5.1 (Ethical Reasoning Inventory)95 Leadership Assessment Quiz 8.2 (Organisational Politics Questionnaire)711

Leadership Assessment Quiz 9.1 (Survey of Influence Tactics)Observed ScoreAM’s Own ScoreNorm

1. Team Play554.1
2. Charm433.3
3. Appearance543.3
4. Manipulation of situation223.1
5. Manipulation of person212.6
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