At this stage in your studies of business and leadership, what is your vision of leadership? And how ready are you to lead others?Consider:
– Who has inspired your vision of leadership and why?
– If all leaders are role models, what kind of role model are you?
What do you stand for?
This paper covers a reflective analysis of my vision of leadership which through the studying experience in the previous weeks and the building blogs experiences in the latest weeks.
Leadership is defined as “relationship through which one person influences the behaviours or actions of other people” (Mullins 2010). Leadership reflects the essential ability which is to lead people harmoniously (Capon 2009). In is important to understand the role of leadership in organizations which is to influence, promote, and encourage individuals by collective efforts to achieve the shared objectives (Yuki 2012). Leaders have such the roles improving the team performance or organizational behaviours through the effective leadership (Pearson 2008). Leadership is more than just a kind of skill; it is more alike interacted communication process in organisations (Schyns et al. 2011). An effective leadership can not only benefit the organisational performance but also has positive influence on individuals’ development (Wilson 2013). From my point of view about leadership, it could be seen as one important sector and function in organisational performance; and also it is an agent who plays the role for connecting, bonding, and leading the people in organisation.
From my experiences about leadership in the previous studying, I found that to work with different people effectively and successfully is not an easy thing. Different members with different background have different thoughts show different attitudes; to manage every member engage and effective communicate and exchange contributions in the team are difficult. Considering leadership, this requires strong ability on managing diverse people. One leadership which I really advocate is collaborative leadership; personally, I think it is the art of leadership. According to CIPD (2008), the concept of employee ‘engagement’ has been raised as a topic and many companies were spent more investment in improving employees’ engagement by proper engagement. The meaning of engagement has been defined as: ‘a positive attitude held by the employee towards the organisation and its values. An engaged employee is aware of business context, and works with colleagues to improve performance within the job for the benefit of the organisation’ (Robinson et al. 2004). CIPD (2008) emphasized that particularly, the engagement should be involved in between top level and the employees. This point is shining the word “connector”, which was highlighted by Ibarra and Hansen (2011), is a key word for collaborative leadership. Additionally, another point is related to collaborate leadership, as Wilson (2013) emphasized that to improve organisational communications the questioning skills are important and crucial to everyone within the organisations for more engagement, particularly in leadership roles; this is a must have skill which could support leaders to understand the situation and circumstances better for improvement and more importantly, to guide their own learning (Wilson 2013). Collaborative leadership could also benefit from the engagement of diverse talent people (Ibarra and Hansen 2011) and sometimes could generate collective creative ideas. Collaborative leadership is a must for leaders and I am interested in to improve relevant leadership skills for my future career.
To sum up, from an overview of leadership, different leaderships all have benefit. The most one which I am interested in is collaborative leadership. Moreover, the innovation leadership is also attractive and valuable for my personal improvement. As I stated the example in Blog 3 which is about Dr. Norbert Reithofer, the CEO of BMW Group, the good combination between charismatic behaviours and innovation leadership has inspired me, and this example as a reminder for my improvement of leadership, an excellent knowledge base as fundamental plus creative and innovative ability also are must-have for a wise and powerful leader in future. Additionally, Sarwar (2013) pointed that leader could be everyone, and should be taken into a responsible role ethically for all interactions with other people; ethics is the fundamental of leadership which shows the importance of ethical leadership.
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