A Personal Analysis of Leadership
Demetrica L. Stovall
MSL 668 Leadership and Organizational Change
Professor Alexicus Branch
April 16, 2014
There are various definitions for leadership. In an article, “What is leadership?”, Kevin Kruse shared highlights of leadership along with definitions from different authors. The following authors defined leadership as follows: “The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers.” (Drucker, 1996) “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” (Bennis, 1995) “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” (Gates, 1995) “Leadership is influence-nothing more, nothing less.” (Maxwell, 1993) “Leadership is a process of social influence, which maximizes the effort of others, towards the achievement of a goal.” (Kruse, 2013)
Leadership is outlined by the above authors. You do not have to be famous or a celebrity to be a leader. Leaders are among different aspects of the community, society, employment, politics, or organizations. Leadership style
In viewing the various leadership styles, it is asserted that charismatic leadership is my preferred style. “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.” (Proverbs 29:18) As a leader, I have accepted guidance from God and leaders. This has allowed me the opportunity to grow into leadership and to be a leader of others. If my heart is not in it, then I cannot effectively lead the task at hand. This relates to the creation of a vision. If you believe in the vision, you are able to lead, influence, and motivate the followers. Some leaders who exemplify charismatic leadership are President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Clawson identified the measures of Charismatic Leadership as: followers' trust in the correctness of the leader's belief
similarity of followers belief to the leader's beliefs
unquestioning acceptance of the leader by followers
followers' affection for the leader's
followers' willing obedience to the leader's
emotional involvement of followers in the mission o the organization heightened performance goals of followers
belief of followers that they are able to contribute to the success o the group's mission Overall charismatic leaders have:
self confidence and strong conviction in their own faith
Articulate goals for subordinates
appeal to followers' hopes and ideals
Role models of “Be like me”
High expectation communicator
Arouse motives of the group's mission(Clawson, p. 414)
After reviewing the above characteristics, my leadership style closely falls in these characteristics. In addition, peers have regularly offered their opinion and referenced my leadership style as being charismatic. Personal Gap Analysis
In the Bible the Lord answered, “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. (Habakkuk 2:2) “Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.”(Proverbs 29:18) My vision is “To actively maximize productive opportunities through networking and leadership roles in a professional manner.” Where I am?
Currently, I am a Senior Investigator with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I have been in this position almost fifteen (15) years. I am currently happy in my career and educational level of completing my master's degree. Since enrolling in the graduate program, I have applied for leadership positions (lead systemic investigator and mediator). In addition, I continue to enhance leadership opportunities by taking on project officer roles with my employer and being the Office Junior Achievement Coordinator. I will continue to take online course and obtain training for leadership positions. Where do I want to be?...
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Kruse, K. (2013). What is leadership? Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2013/04/09/what-is-leadersip.
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