B-6027 Perspectives in Change Leadership
Argosy University Online
Dr. Richard Dool
September 2, 2012
Leadership is an art and a science that is developed and perfected by the summation of innate abilities, understanding the behaviors of people and how to capitalize on their strengths, and the unique ability to inspire and drive under challenging and dynamic circumstances (http://www.gwinnettnetwork.com/ArticleWhatMakesAGreatLeader.htm). This discussion examines a leader profile that has been an influence in my personal development that will analyze the characteristics of the leader that affected my development and also create a leadership scorecard of the selected leader to assess his or her leadership competencies. The leader that has influenced me as an individual and professional would be the first supervisor that I worked for as a Co-op student. My co-op position was with a major electric company in Florida, where I worked as an Intern in the Engineering department. The Manager over the Chemistry and Water Support department was an Engineer who was able to mold me into the leader that I am today. The qualities and competencies exhibited by this Manager included cooperation, collaboration, consistency, creativity, conscious, communicator, innovation, integrity, intellectual drive and knowledge, values, vision, organizer, interpersonal skills and a sense of humor. The Manager was an exemplary mentor that took work seriously and fervently believed in developing the next generation of leaders for success. Before the manager was promoted to a management position, the manager was a leader over a group of engineers and technicians and was promoted to a manger role because of his intellectual drive, knowledge, communication and interpersonal skills and vision. The main competencies that engineering manager instilled in me were his competencies in interpersonal skills, values and vision. These three competencies resonated with me at that time that I was being mentored by this manager and these skills remain as the primary strengths that I today use as a leader. The manager had the correct balance of interpersonal skills and vision to recognize that I possessed the potential to become a leader. The mentoring and confidence that the manager suggested that I possessed, in turn, made me more confident and assured of my abilities to be a leader. His inspiration and assuredness of my potential eventually came to fruition as I was selected to be the next Environmental Chemist with the electric utility company as soon as I graduated from college. The engineering manager, taking advantage of his exceptional interpersonal skills and forward thinking, was an individual that recognized that potential successful leaders must be equipped with people skills that will result in optimal efficiency, productivity and productivity (PR Newswire, p. 1). The characteristic qualities that the supervisor possessed and has had the most impression on my leadership portfolio are based on are: •Interpersonal skills
oThe engineering manager had extremely firm interpersonal skills in that he possessed the skills to motivate and inspire at different levels of the organization. Interpersonal skills encompass the abilities to motivate, communicate and build teams and are effective at different levels of the organization. The ability of the engineering manager to be successful was transparent at all levels of the organization. At lower levels, the engineering manager had a keen ability to motivate teams; at middle levels the ability to communicate was predominant and a higher level, team building skills was the focus (International Journal of Business and Social Science). Given that my tenure as a co-op student at the time, the engineering manager utilized motivation techniques to capture my attention and drive my abilities to move forward into a leadership position. •Values...