6 March 2013
Human Relations Reflection Paper: Leadership Styles
The leadership theory I prefer over the others and will most likely imitate once in a management position would be the Leadership Grid. This grid was created by Blake and Mouton and is an assessment tool used by managers to determine their predominant leadership style. The grid is an x/y-axis grid that represents the degree to which managers have a concern for the production and for the people. The specific degree to which a manager has concern for either/or determines the manager’s actual leadership style. Lussier explains that there are eighty-one possible combinations of concern for production and people (page 81). That may seem a little excessive to some. However, the model only recognizes five of the eighty-one styles. The five styles recognized are: * The impoverished manager- who contains a low concern for both people and production * The sweatshop manager- who contains a high concern for production and a low concern for people * The country club manager- who has a high concern for people and a low concern for production. * The organized-person manager- who has a balanced, medium concern for both people and production * The team manager- a high concern for both people and production I believe the team leader style most accurately depicts my style of leadership. I have always been someone who could be counted upon to put forth my best effort because I know that I am being depended upon to accomplish a certain goal or task. I strive to reach my maximum potential. I may not always have it in me to do so but because I am a self-motivated individual. If I agree or promise to do something you could count on me to get it done. However, self-consciously, I am also a people pleaser. Because I am a “yellow” person, I am constantly in tune with others feelings as well as my own. I can’t help but to care about how someone feels and even if I am on the losing end of the...
Cited: Lussier, Robert N. Human Relations in Organizations Applications and Skill Building. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Companies, 2010. 1-642. Print.
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