Why Leadership Is Important

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LEADERSHIP AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

LEADERSHIP AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
In our severely competitive world today, leadership skills are so essential to any growing business. For example, we can see some outstanding leaders of great firms like Steve Job from Apple or Bill Gates from Microsoft. So how to define what leadership ship is? Leadership is characterized by planning, directing people to achieve the target. If you are an entrepreneur, the role of leadership plays an important part because your employees lean on you how to build a better business. A good leader make workers understand what is expected of them and how to work more smoothly and thus more efficiently by staying focused on business goals, decreasing lost time and effort; most important of all, most workers are much more comfortable and even "happier" at their jobs with good leadership( James). A good leader also should follow Business ethics; that means running a business ethically is good for business as well as for society. In my opinion, associating ethics in business is very important because a business that behaves ethically will be a model for other businesses and their associates to behave ethically as well. A good leadership may be influenced by a person’s world view and inner maturity. A world view reflects about the world, viewpoint of life, a comprehensive system of beliefs. A person's worldview is affected by many factors such as by their inherited characteristics, background experiences and life situations, the values, attitudes, and habits they have developed, however these vary from one person to another.  Therefore, even though some parts of a worldview are shared by many people in a community, other parts differ for individuals.  A person’s world view can influence the ability to lead. If the worldview is shared more by people, leadership skills become more effectively and vice versa.      Self awareness, as definition, is a way for us to find out our individual traits, value systems, beliefs, natural tendencies.  Because each of us get different in the way of thought and behavior, it’s helpful to occasionally spend time in self-assessment to know more about ourselves. Why is self awareness important? Self awareness is important because when we have a deep understanding of ourselves, we have chance to renovate ourselves, build up our areas of strength as well as identify areas where we would like to make improvements. Self-awareness is often a first step to goal setting.  To assess myself awareness, I took some assessment as the following: 1)Active Listening Skill Inventory: I obtain 55 of 75. There are five dimensions of active listening that I should improve: avoiding, interruption, postponing evaluation, show interest, maintaining interest and organizing information. 2) Assessing Flexibility: my score is 127 indicates that I experience considerable stress when my expectation is not met. The refection also points out that I lack full self confidence and tend not to give myself credit for my accomplishment and I sometimes show some inflexibility in relating to others. 3) Assessing Leader-member exchange: my score is 45/60. It shows that I am more dedicated to my job because of my supervisor’s personal qualities. My manager possesses two sources of personal power: referent and expert. Referent power comes from the willingness of others to do something because they admire, identify with, like or respect the person making the request. 4) What it takes to be a leader: My score is 89 suggesting that I have leadership skills which keep the company on the right track. Whatever position as a leader, I have to maintain personal stability, be productive and keep high self discipline. 5) Team roles preferences scale: my score is broken down in to sub-categories: * Encourager: 14

* Gatekeeper: 13
* Harmonizer: 13
* Initiator: 14
* Summarizer: 14
It shows that I...
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