How I See Myself as a Leader
Zane State College/ Maysville High School
Being a leader is more difficult than what an individual would expect. Influencing others is not as easy as it may seem. It is a process of leading that group, and influencing them to achieve their goal to its necessary needs. Keeping a group on track, and making them stay positive, completing their work and devoting their time to helping one another can be difficult. When I am the leader of a group, the first theory I would use is consideration. Being considerate of followers’ ideas and feelings is one of my main goals in leading a group. Just for the simple fact, it is not possible for a group to function if I do not care about anyone’s thoughts or emotions. If no one took anyone’s thoughts into consideration, how would anything be solved? I do not think anyone’s true thoughts or ideas would actually come out in a business setting. If I did not take anyone’s thoughts or feelings in to consideration, there would be lots of disagreeing, arguing, and a few different ideas floating in the air. Controversy will come into contact and start disagreements and chaos will begin in the workplace. Also, if I do not care about my employees’ ideas or feelings a business would not get any better. I know if I did not care, and I was a manager in my business, I would not know what to change or what not to change to have my business be more productive. Therefore, caring about my newsfeed, others’ ideas, feelings, and actions is not only important for me as a manager, it is overall important for my business.
Another theory that best describes me as a leader would be concern for production. Measuring a leader’s concerns for getting the job done on a scale one to nine (low to high) scale (Robbins,2015, p.340) is important to me because I like to know who is best at getting the job done. I also like to know what employees are best at a certain job than others, or what employees are better working together and who work faster together. The reason for that is so I know what and where to put those workers in my business. When I am the leader of a group, I like to point out good actions and see the fast motivated workers versus the less productive workers. In the end, this shows so I know who to re-arrange in a group and who I know what work to give, and what employee would accomplish what.
Initiating theory (Robins, 2015, p.340) also describes me best as a leader because I like to have structured work and work relationships to meet job goals. That is one important goal that is important in leading a group, or employees of a company. I like having structure so that everyone knows what they are doing, and what their role is. Giving structure and order is important when being the leader and without no structure given, chaos will begin. As an employee of the need for initiating theory, an example is if I are the leader of a group and no orders are given and a project is due, the instructor will not be happy. I being the leader might get penalized for it more, because I am the leader, I am supposed to take actions and assign positions. A grade will be involved for everyone, because it was a group project but the blame will be brought back on the leader. It also can lead the other way around; if I give structure, and assign my group positions and everything was done correctly in the group, I could get praised for doing as told, and might be able to be the leader on another project. As a follower I prefer an even blend of the leadership styles. I would like a manager to guide and direct me into the correct way that would be more beneficial for myself. If I am not guided in the correct way, how could it be possible for me to be more beneficial to the employees, the customers, and the business?
Furthermore, I would prefer a democratic style because I want to explain expectations a certain amount of times. I...
References: Robbins, S., Decenzo, D., and Coulter, M. (2015). Fundamentals of management: Essential concepts and applications. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
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