August 19, 2013
Leadership inspires individuals at many stages and levels in through political, religious, corporate sector, or from a common individual. Leaders can influence and motivate as well as self –discoveries within others emotional being. Leaders bring awareness and change and set new standards in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling for others to follow. Leaders have many traits and characteristics set forth in past theories, and establishing new ones. A leadership theory I can relate to is a charismatic leadership style. Charismatic leaders have a tendency to persuade other to follow by delivering an emotional sense to leadership. In this paper, I discuss the characteristic style of leadership I possess and a leader who inspires me. Charismatic Leadership Style
Charisma derived from the word “charismatic” described by “Webber (1947) used the term to describe a form of influence based not on tradition or formal authority, but rather on follower perceptions that the leader is endowed with exceptional qualities.” Over the course of years of my experience as a teen mother, raising two children alone, two and a half decades of federal employment, and currently pursuing an advance level degree. I contribute my leadership style through a spiritual enlightenment from my adversity and difficult trials in life. I learned at an early age how to continue to motivate myself thorough struggles and later inform others how I relied of spiritual guidance that was not religious just ethical. Adjusting to this quality of life, I would look for encouragement through others to help ease the pain of everyday living. I had to find ways to see the enjoyment rather than the burden of being an adult. I began to discover notes and quotes from others that held a connection within me. While looking at the bigger picture in life, I began to connect those saying with compassion and charisma to use in stressful situations. A quote from famous activist Mahatma Gandhi states, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” This statement delivers a certain influence to charm in a sense to inspire and motivate happiness. This leader exhibits a charismatic leadership style believed by many and continues to inspire individuals today. The following are characteristic of a charismatic leadership style illustrated by (Yulk, 2013, Ch. 10, pg. 380.) “1. Vision and articulation. Has a vision—expressed as an idealized goal—that proposes a future better than the status quo; and is able to clarify the importance of the vision in terms that are understandable to others. 2. Personal risk. Willing to take on high personal risk, incur high costs, and engage in self-sacrifice to achieve the vision. 3. Sensitivity to follower needs. Perceptive of others’ abilities and responsive to their needs and feelings. 4. Unconventional behavior. Engages in behaviors that are perceived as novel and counter to norms.”
Areas of Improvement
Based on this leader style I will continue to improve myself through traits exhibited by him in my self-improvement journey. To be an effective leader in my workplace, I will improve expression ideas and vision for how work is accomplished and make sacrifices to achieve goals. Also, respond to the needs and feeling of others, improve my behavior in groups. Expressing myself with more thought rather that without would benefit me the most. An instance is when working many employees including myself experience low morale that affect the outcome of work performance. Instead of continuance complaints from the work performs I encourage others to find satisfaction in work, such as new techniques or new resources to conduct business processes. I also encourage others by providing examples of past performance practices to ensure them that the workplace has evolved over time. This form of...
References: Mahatma Gandhi quotes retrieved from http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Mahatma_Gandhi/, 8/18/2013.
Conger, J. A. and Kanugo, R. N., Charismatic Leadership in Organizations (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1998), p. 94.
Yukl, G. (2013). Leadership in organizations (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
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