LEADERSHIP THEORY PAPER 5
Leadership abilities can be developed or learned. To begin with, onehas to increase self-awareness of the leadership abilities andqualities. All this can be evolved and developed. In order for one tobe an effective leader, a person must identify a style or styles thatmeet both one’s needs and those of the organization. The purpose ofthis paper therefore is to identify an individual in the sameprofession as I that exhibits great leadership skills andcharacteristics that supports his exceptional attributes. Inaddition, the paper will identify his or her characteristics andstrengths that I can related with. The paper will also useMyers-Briggs assessment inventory to measure the individual’s styleand how his or her skills match his or her leadership ability.
After studying MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) assessment, apsychometric questionnaire, which is designed to determinepsychological preferences in the way people perceive the world andcome up with necessary decisions, I realized that I am democratic,transformational, affiliated, and authoritarian. I am democratic, inthat, I engage my subordinates, in goal-setting and decision-makingby soliciting their feedback and suggestions then I let them considerit along with their opinions and research. Being affiliative meansthat I put people first by emphasizing on their team members’ jobsatisfaction. I also take a great consideration to passive approachto managing my fellow nurses. I am also a transformational leadersince I encourage professional and personal development of the nursesI manage by emphasizing self-esteem and promoting teamwork. I am alsoauthoritarian since I prefer a more strict approach to leadership,whereby I make decisions and rarely ask for a feedback or input fromthe employees. I issue orders and expect them to promptly carry themout with any question. I am also keen in supervision of employees.
In my organization, I have come to identify those people whom Iconsider to be effective leaders that I look up to and that I havelearn a lot from him. One of them, who are the Chief Executive Officeof the company, has certain qualities that make him a stand outleader. These qualities are: Self-Assessment – he take stockperiodically of his personal strengths and weaknesses. He is known toask questions such as: “What do I fancy doing?” “What am I bestat?” “What are my weaknesses, and what don’t I like doing?”Secondly, he has sharp perception. He easily develops a certain levelof honesty with those below him buy thoroughly understanding how heis perceived by those he leads. He tests the perception of others bysimply observing their general behavior. He ensures that all theemployees are relaxed when he is around us. According to Dive (2008),such a leader makes the people around him or her to feel human.
According to Sullivan & Decker (2005), an effective leader isresponsive to the needs of the group he or she leads. With that, ourleader resembles such a person. He is perceptive. From our team ofemployees, we value trust over creative ability, which wasfacilitated by him since he knows every individuals’ goals andvalues, as well as what their expectations are as the leader. Again,he is also very aware of the organization (Mendonca & Kanungo,2007). He knows the overall goals and purpose of the organization andthe signed strategies of how to achieve the organizations goal. Klann(2007) noted that such a leader perfectly fits into the picture, andas an idea about the role they have to play in assisting theorganization to thrive.
After studying the Chief Executive Officer if the company for awhile, I noticed that we have two qualities that we share. One ofthem is honesty. According to Achua & Lussier (2010), any ethicalplane one holds oneself to, when one is accountable for the team, itis recommended that raise the bar much higher. I learnt that in theorganization I am in, we are both honest and have an ethicalbehavior, which is a key value to the growth of the team.
Secondly, we are both very good communicators. Csikszentmihalyi(2013) noted that ideas may be clear in a person’s mind but theproblem arises when one tries to explain it. We are both leaders inour own areas in the organization and the way we communicate draws alot of similarities.
From my identified leadership strengths, ANA’s Nursingdemonstration mastery involved clear definition in itself as nursing,well derivation of knowledge based particularly on the nursingspecialty. It is also concerned with phenomena of the nursingdiscipline (Dive, 2008). Finally, it also subscribes to the purposesoverall and nursing functions.
In conclusion, using MBTI inventory for assessment of leadershipskills, I realized that I am democratic, transformational,affiliated, and authoritarian. This attributes are easily related tothe Chief Executive Officer of the company I am working in. He is notonly authoritarian but also easily develops a certain level ofhonesty with those below him buy thoroughly understanding how he isperceived by those he leads. He tests the perception of others bysimply observing their general behavior. This attributes are assessedwith MBTI inventory, which is a psychometric questionnaire, which isdesigned to determine psychological preferences in the way peopleperceive the world and come up with necessary decisions. With this,it becomes easier to relate with another person above you with thesame skill set as yours that knows the overall goals and purpose ofthe organization and the signed strategies of how to achieve theorganizations goal.
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