Reflective Leadership Plan
“Leadership means not only having a dream but claiming that dream and the role you want to play in it” Bennis and Goldsmith,(1997, pg. 132) Leadership, simply said, takes work and planning it out enhances the individuals’ capacity to lead. A critical skill to have is to be able to manage ones time and progress in one’s own leadership learning. A leadership plan will help increase my chances in meeting the goals I have set, to be successful. In this paper we will look at my leadership style, vision, action steps, communicating the plan and monitoring my progress. Self-Assessment
In the self-assessment test, I scored 5 in my concern for people and 14 for concern for task. I need to focus more on becoming more concerned with people, yet my scores for the charismatic leadership style were high: attention 14, meaning 16, trust 19, self 15, risk 15, and feelings 15. It stated that a score over 85 indicates qualities of a charismatic leader and my scores add up to 94 (Prentice-Hall, 2007). Strengths/Weakness
According to the self-assessment test, my personality type came out to be Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Judging (INTJ), which means that I am independent, determined, skeptical, critical and very stubborn. My score for Type-A personality was 123, which indicates that I am a very strong in this personality type. Type-A personalities have the need to do more and more in the little amount of time that they have, not doing well with leisure time, obsessed with numbers, always measuring their success by how much they have and not very easy to get along with, interrupting others and even finishing their sentences (Prentice-Hall, 2007). Looking at my actions I would have to agree with the assessment.
Diversity in the workplace, I scored 6, classifying me as a diversity realist, meaning that I excepting of other diverse groups. There are three areas that were looked for motivation: growth, relatedness, and existences. I scored 17 on both growth and existence, then for relatedness 14. When looking at the dominant need my score was: Achievement (25), affiliation (12), autonomy (19) and power (21), these scores indicate that achievement and power were held high for me. Yet, I scored 21 out of 52, in procrastinating, meaning that I have room to grow (Prentice-Hall, 2007).
The score for entrepreneur was 106 out of 119, which is a good score, considering what I hope to achieve. In face to face communication, I had low scores for all the area’s: dominant (.5), dramatic (.6), contentious (.14), animated (1), impression leaving (-1.4), relaxed (1.6), attentive (.6), open (-.2), and friendly (.75), and then for listening I scored 47 out of 75 so I need to improve all of the areas (Prentice-Hall, 2007).
I have several strong points yet; I feel my weak points out weigh them. If I plan to succeed I need to make improvements in the above mentioned topics. My personality types could be considered a strength but I need to be aware of when I am being stubborn and to demanding and make adjustments. Even though I consider myself acceptance of other diverse groups, I still did not have a very high score, which if I plan to be successful in the area of industry, I have chosen, I need to become more acceptant of diverse groups. Vision and Goals
I have a vision to be an Inspirational speaker, speaking on disability issues and abuse. It is my goal to have a book written by the time I am finished with school and to get the book published, so I could start speaking on the issues then. When I was an infant, 18 months of age, I had gotten thrown down a flight of stairs and endured a massive head injury that left a quarter of my brain dead. Yet, that was not the end of it; the head injury induced a stroke, leaving me completely paralyzed. Though, within three months I gained the use of my right side (I was left-handed before the stroke). I was segregated, put in a school for the disabled...
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