Leadership has been discussed through many studies and researched by numbers of researchers. In my vision of leadership, it is an ability to help leaders and staffs to do things in a right way. Leadership help people to establish a guidance, to build an inspiring vision and to make innovation based on the existing resources. Leaders with the ability of leadership can map out the target and process to organisation win the competition.
I have summarised four essential characters of leadership that I would like to become, which discussed by Mindtools (2015). And it can help to acquire better understanding of this topic.
First, leadership helps to create an inspiring vision of the future for a firm through several technical tools. By doing this, in order to identify the current situation of a firm, leaders use tools such as PESTEL analysis, SWOT analysis and Porter’s five force model to analysis the situation and resources. A good leader should consider the way their business involved in and the way their competitors behave.
Secondly, good use of leadership can motivating and inspiring staffs. In organisations, people are always have enthusiasm at the beginning when conducting a new mission, however, with the processing of the mission, the enthusiasm may fade, and some people may lose the patience to the original target, especially when a team or firm make changes. Therefore, leadership have the ability to help people get through difficult situation.
Thirdly, as diversity exist in every organisations, and the ability of managing diverse team is different from simply knowing differences among people due to the value of differences need to be identified through appropriate leadership Devoe (1999). And negative attitudes and behaviours from diversity may harm to the firm. Leadership may help mangers to get through this though mission in organisations. Good use of leadership can help organisations to acquire more resources, ideas and benefits.
Fourthly, leadership is essential when organisation facing the change. Organisational change always come with resistance, which brings negative effect to firms. When facing the resistance to change, under the leadership of top level managers, people have chance to communicate, participate, negotiate and cooperate together (Hultman, 2003). More importantly, leadership helps firm to establish a well-organised change that bring long term benefit to it, and sustainable development will be achieved.
When talking about a person who inspires me most in terms of the leadership. It is no doubt that the Ex-CEO of Apple Plc. Steve Jobs set a great example to me. The leadership style of Jobs was quite different with others. In his point of view, a good leader should allow people to make innovation or to create some, but not to limit them to work with regular rules (Julie, 2011). With the leadership from Jobs, Apple becomes a highly collaborate company without committees. High level leaders filters down their ideas to tremendous teamwork through the company. People have high level of trust to each other based on Jobs’ leadership without being supervision all the time (Moltz, 2015). That is what I think the most successful leadership in organisations.
In terms of the personal experience of leadership, the most impressive example can be derived from the group work of assignments. At that time, I was allocated to a group with two people from different countries who have unique personal characters and creative ideas. At the beginning, I was voted as the team leader of this small group, however, I found it was a tough mission for me due to the “diversity” of the group members. As members always come up with their own ideas and I was not able to combine all the ideas together. Hence, none of my group mates feel confidence with the work under my leadership. This aware me of the lack of my leadership ability. Therefore, I realised that in my chosen industry, I should develop my leadership more specific, or establish it in different ways just like what Steve Jobs did. I would like to give more space and chance to staffs, and to create a comfortable environment for them to communicate and exchange the ideas.
During my following study of MBA courses, I would like to develop leadership with more communication skill. According to (Prive, 2012), a good leader tend to be a good listener, and excellent communication skills contribute to establishing collaboration of the project.
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