What is your vision of leadership?
I think leadership is a necessary ability in daily work. Unlike management, leadership directly affects the working state of the workers. In other words, leadership is a kind of invisible power. It can affect people’s psychological state, work enthusiasm and values. As a leader, they can also use the leadership to show their professional skills. Leadership is a leader is an essential skill, because need to adjust the different leadership styles according to different work environment and subordinates. Moreover, in the process of dealing with problems, leadership also plays an important role. Different employees have different characteristics and individual personality, leaders should according to different teams to make different schemes for different employees. Also they need to change leadership style in daily work regularly so that they can better to exchange opinions and communicate with subordinates. So, leadership is also an important bridge can balance the contradiction between the various departments. Its function can be changed according to the different organizational culture and the status quo.
The Shawn’s effective leadership model indicates that there are four aspects about effective leadership, which are vision, relationship, management and development.
Vision is very important because leaders need to make a plan about future strategy for company and followers. Complete development strategy can let employees know the trend of the future so that to inspire their work. ( Shawn Casemore 2011)
Meanwhile, a good relationship is the key of effective leadership, which means leaders should build an effective relationship with followers in order to maximize the results and performance. In other words, once this balanced relationship does not exist, the leadership will become the resistance of the construction of the team. ( Shawn Casemore 2011)
Effective leadership plays a core role in an organization, which means the development of company could not operation well without effective leadership. Without effective leadership the followers would not have the correct guidance for their work and lack of team cohesion. ( Shawn Casemore 2011)
The last one is management aspect. Effective leadership is also a kind of management style. Only this way of management is not obvious, but through influencing others to achieve the goal of management.( Shawn Casemore 2011)
What leadership skills will you be developing as you progress through your MBA?
ü Role model
ü Coordination ability
ü Sense of humor
These are the leadership skills that I will develop as my progress through my MBA.
Role model: As a leader, I need to strict with himself in work. This is a very basic skill for me, because the followers will imitate my behavior. If my behavior is inappropriate, if my behavior is inappropriate, my followers will have the same mistakes.
Passion: Some work is very boring, which makes subordinates feel lost enthusiasm to the work. In this case, if I were a leader, I need to use my enthusiasm to encourage my colleagues. (Instigatorblog 2007 )
Good at communicating and listening: communicate effectively is significant to a team. Communication effectively can reduce the contradiction, and to increase the cooperation spirit of the team members. (Instigatorblog 2007 )
Coordination ability: In daily work process, the leader also needs to coordinate the progress of each part in order to achieve the best results. So I need to cultivate this skill for myself.
Sense of humor: Leaders and subordinates are unequal relationship in the company, but they are ordinary colleagues after work. In this case, the leader needs to maintain a sense of humor to get along with subordinates. (Forbes 2012)
http://www.casemoreandco.com/shawns-effective-leadership-model/ (accessed on 03 April 2014)
http://www.instigatorblog.com/10-essential-business-leadership-skills/2007/04/16/ (accessed on 03 April 2014)
Forbes (2012), available from:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyaprive/2012/12/19/top-10-qualities-that-make-a-great-leader/ (accessed on 03 April 2014)