Reflective Review of leadership style
As businesses develop and grow in the modern world, this has changed the way leadership has evolved. Historically managers used the old autocratic ‘tell’ style of leadership. Modern day leaders use a far more collaborative approach where managers not only use their IQ and technical knowledge but also their emotional intelligence (EI). There are 5 key components make up a leaders EI index; self-awareness, self regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills.
Below table is a SWOT analysis reflecting on my leadership style, which will be reflected on in the chapter below:
Supportive, mentor and develop teams.
Good interpersonal skills & influencing skills
Delegate & empowers staff
Passionate and enthusiastic
Good communicator at all levels & strong stakeholder management skills. •
Holistic understanding of most areas of the business
Innovative & creative
Embraces change as a way of life
Sometimes tends to be too visionary and not focused on the details. •
Can be a little soft sometimes
Not to be contradictory or pander to audiences
Be less intense sometimes
Expect others to work at the same pace
Improve assertiveness at times i.e. meeting management
Improve the perception of other team members that I’m always delegating but not taking anything on.
Needs to improve active listening
My background was initially in the corporate side of the organisation; however as part of my development I took on a role on the supply chain / operational side of the business to widen my knowledge base. After researching leadership, there seems to be 2 distinctions between management and leadership; Management centres on the responsibility for things and doesn’t always include people responsibility whereas leadership always involves leading and inspiring a group of people. James Scouller quotes sums this up perfectly in his 2011 quote "Leadership is more about change, inspiration, setting the purpose and direction, and building the enthusiasm, unity and 'staying-power' for the journey ahead. Management is less about change, and more about stability and making the best use of resources to get things done... But here is the key point: leadership and management are not separate. And they are not necessarily done by different people. It's not a case of, 'You are either a manager or a leader'. Leadership and management overlap..." (From The Three Levels of Leadership, J Scouller, 2011)
Detailed below is a table that compares the 2, however the lines blur as both positions can combine each of these areas: Management
Implementing tactical actions
Measuring and reporting performance
Applying rules and policies
Implementing disciplinary rules
Organizing people and tasks within structures
Recruiting people for jobs
Checking and managing ethics and morals
Improving productivity and efficiency
Motivating and encouraging others
Delegating and training
Creating new visions and aims 2.
Establishing organizational financial targets
Deciding what needs measuring and reporting
Making new rules and policies
Making disciplinary rules
Deciding structures, hierarchies and workgroups
Creating new job roles
Establishing ethical and moral positions
Developing the organization
Conceiving new opportunities
Inspiring and empowering others
Planning and organizing succession, and...
All management responsibilities, including all listed left, (which mostly and typically are delegated to others, ideally aiding motivation and people-development) Emotional intelligence is an interesting subject and one which many strong leaders use to get the best from people, after looking into this...
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