LDR550Z: Mid Term Paper
October 28, 2012
Leadership is a mode by which a person (leader) influences others (followers) to achieve a certain objective of an organization. A Leader is a person who influences others by applying his skills, knowledge and experience. Followers are the ones who listen to the leader, influenced by them, and follow their instructions. The key part in this process is influence. Influencing is the method followed by a leader to communicate their ideas, get acceptance of them, and motivate the followers to support and execute the ideas by change. If the leader has good influencing capacity, he will have many followers and they will adore him. If the follower has lack of motivation or if the follower is a new hire, the leader should take a different approach to influence the follower. This suggests that there are many factors involving the influencing process of the leader and it all boils down to the relationship between the leader and the follower. (Lussier & Achua, 2010) After completing the Keirsey temperament sorter (personality type evaluation), leadership style self-assessment compared with leadership grid, networking and negotiating self-assessments, I have found certain strengths and weaknesses in my personality to be an effective leader. According to the Keirsey temperament sorter, I have ESFJ as my personality and temperament type (Keirsey & Bates, 1984). The general characteristics of SJ temperament people are they are Traditionalists, stabilizer and consolidators. They enjoy decision making process, patient, and realistic. They generally tend to be impatient while waiting for the results and impact of their decisions. According to the Lussier and Achua’s (2010) self-assessments, I possess both high task leadership and high people leadership styles. When this result is overlapped with the leadership grid, it gave the team...