Figure 1: Mighty is the Army of Lambs Led by A Lion (Source: Clayton 2015).
Leadership skill has always been a key factor in the success of many organisations as it gives the leaders the ability to use their own knowledge to influence others in doing what needs to be done in order to achieve the common goals or objectives (Yukl 2010).
It is also believe that people are not born as leader but rather they have the potential to become one by going through different process like teaching, observation and even learning (Hyacinth 2014). This means that the skills in leadership can be learned and even be developed overtime through trainings, educations and even experiences (Northouse 2012: 47).
The vision of a leader is important as it can provide the purpose and reasons of doing something or even provide motivation to keep on going and overcoming obstacles as well (Bechervaise 2013). By having vision, the success of leadership will be ensured (Ryan 2009).
Figure 2: Quote by Peter Drucker on Leadership (Source: Askideas 2016).
As I come to the end of my first semester of my MBA programme, I have learned many things on what it takes to be an effective leader. Firstly, I have learned that ethical leaders are considered role models because their actions and behaviour will influence others to follow them (Mullins 2013). As for unethical leaders, they will not only bring impact to their follower but will also affect the organisation as well. The two views of ethics will be deontological and teleological ethics (Mullins 2013).
I have also learned that managing a diversity workforce can be difficult but at same time beneficial to the organisation if the leader can properly managed the team (Ibarra and Hansen 2011: 71). I have also learned the difference of both management and leadership as well. Leadership styles and approaches are something that leaders must also consider especially when they are managing the team (CMI 2013). I have also learned that change can be important in any organisation as it helps the organisation to survive and be able to sustain itself against other competitors.
Figure 3: Quote by Tom Peters (Source: Spagnuolo 2013).
In my case, I would say that the transformational leadership style is closely similar to the vision of leadership that I want to achieve. This leadership style is very popular since it is easily recognized by people since it highlights the needs, values, and morals of each follower (Suresh and Rajini 2013). This leadership is also said to be able to influence the innovation of the organisation as well (Gumusluoğlu and Ilsev 2009: 267).
However, as I have discussed in my previous blog under ‘Most effective Leadership and Management Styles and Approaches’, in reality, identifying a style or approach to adopt is difficult since it depend on the circumstances and also the behaviour of the followers at that time (CMI 2013).
Figure 4: Transformational Leadership (Source: Murray 2015).
Bill Gates, who was also considered as a transformation leader, is my reason and inspiration for adopting this leadership style. Before, he used to have a transactional leadership style where he observed the behaviour of his employees as he rewards them or punish them for poor performance (Khan 2015). His change of leadership style to be more transformational has enabled him to care more of his employees by creating an organisation that emphasize on extreme empowerment, engagement, and passion (Meier 2011). After his retirement, he went towards philanthropy (Santos 2011).
Video 1: Motivational – Bill Gates Speech at Harvard (Source: Sheahan 2011).
To further understand myself, I had also conducted a personality test using Myers-Briggs Test Indicator (MBTI). It is said that the MBTI introduced by C. G. Jung is useful for people to better understand their live (The Myers and Briggs Foundation 2016). The result indicates that I belong to the Introvert, Intuitive, Thinking and Perceiving (INTP) personality. People with INTP personality will be more creative or logical (Personality Max 2016). To my surprise, Bill Gates also had INTP personality (NERIS Analytics Limited 2016). This means that I have a higher chance of achieving my vision as a transformational leader.
Figure 5: Famous and Fictional INTP (Source: NERIS Analytics Limited 2016).
Figure 6: INTP Personality (Source: Personality Central 2015).
Having gone through a whole semester of my MBA programme was very beneficial to me. Being a team leader has made me better understand myself like identifying both my strengths and weaknesses. The conflicts between members were kept to a minimum since prolonged conflict can affect both teamwork and performance of the group. I was also able to develop and improve my weakness in interpersonal skills as well. The feedbacks by my colleagues and lecturers were important as well since it helps me identifying what I lack as a leader and areas that needs improvement.
I would also want to be a leader who not only guides and leads the team but one that also inspires them as well (Prive 2012). After all, the basis of leadership is not about telling people what they are supposed to do, but instead it is all about changing ourselves to be the best where we can inspire others to do the same (Daskal 2014).
Video 2: Top Qualities of an Effective Leader (Source: Tracy 2012).
Nevertheless, having the proper skills is important to be an effective leader and I also must keep improving my skills so that I could be a leader that many will follow and be inspired by me.
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