I am…………, a student studying business management and aspiring to own and manage my own supply chain business. I was born and raised in the city of Taif in Saudi Arabia. I believe I am a visionary and robust individual who strives to make the people around me feel loved and accepted. I firmly believe I will graduate from the university with the knowledge and abilities to help me run and manage my business in future. And with the right leadership traits that will help me deal with the daily struggle of the business and employment world.
From the chapter one questionnaire, I realized what I thought about leadership before joining this class was the wrong perception. I always assumed that not every person can be a leader and that people become leaders because of their traits or family history of leadership traits. I also assumed that leadership was hereditary in most cases. But after the class, I learned to allot from the leadership theories and attributes. A leader is not necessarily born or can inherit the trait from predecessors. Anybody can be a leader; qualities can be developed and learned to make a good leader (Asaari, 2019).
I learnt that leaders are not necessarily born rude or bossy; the job comes with necessary leadership authority that should be practised maintaining order. After coming across McGregor’s theory, both X and Y, I considered the different types of leaders who view their followers and junior subordinates. The theory Y, I started to understand leaders as hardworking, collaborative, and self-motivating to accomplish the tasks at hand. With theory X, I understood why some leaders always put down on their employees and juniors because of their points of view. Finally, I come to believe that anyone can be a leader and that leadership is not innate or born in a person as per the trait theory.
Different leaders have different traits that are unique and applicable to the various leadership setups. These traits give leaders an advantage over their subjects and followers. Personally, I consider myself diligent, grateful, self-aware, an influencer, empathetic, passionate, curious, and positive-minded. Additionally, am confident and can communicate effectively with and to people. However, I think that there is a need to work on my patience trait, to be an effective leader I should learn and control my patience ability toward people and learn how to handle people’s disappointments.
My relationship orientation score of 42 compared to the task orientation score of 35 is a clear description that I am more of a relationship-oriented leader than a task-oriented one. My ability to communicate and relate to people as a leader creates challenges for me to clearly and be firm on the job to be handled and delivered by my subjects. Even though the growing leadership field requires more of a better relationship with the team members, to be a successful leader, I will also have to emphasize and stress the task performance to achieve the goals and objectives set (Ryback, 2016).
As an upcoming owner and manager of a supply company, I will encourage and learn to stress more or apply equal stress to task performance and at the same time involve a better relationship with my employees and business partners. To achieve my goals and objectives set as a leader, I will have to create a good team spirit among my team members and open communication while at the same time creating an environment for better job performance and task completion on time and emphasizing the unique contribution of each member. Create an environment where both task and relationship are treated on the same level of importance.
I had a good score on management and administrative skills. I have good skills that might come in handy in the future with my company’s leadership. My ability to manage people and my planning skills will be a big help in creating a good team. Most importantly, I am good at persuading and influencing people in doing what I want to be done. This skill will ensure that employees and team members are encouraged and well persuade to complete and perform (Morkes, 2004).
Among my strengths include the ability to involve others, my commitments, and my natural adaptability to any situation will make it easy for me to communicate with others. Simultaneously, my strengths will ensure that I can learn and adapt to any situation, which makes me ideal for the vigorous contemporary corporate setting. Furthermore, my keenness for quality will help me create a commitment to quality which will give me an edge as a leader to ensure that I produce real results from my team members and employees (Anderson, 2019).
Despite my strengths and skills, I will have to deal with my insecurities, the need that I should be liked, and the need to be in everyone’s favour will cloud my judgment on individual decisions that I should make as a leader. Instead, I should learn to do what is right despite the hate I might get and try to explain more about why this, in turn, will help me gain the respect that I deserve.
My leadership style is more democratic. Listening to my team members’ voices and opinions before making any crucial final decision. This kind of leadership style makes me able to create, collaborations and create team spirit in employees. It will get me what I want but in a way that the employees want to do (Karaca, 2020)
I always try my best to avoid conflicts and being put on the spot at any time, but in case there’s already a conflict; I often propose a solution that will favour both sides. These abilities will help me apply the avoiding and compromising conflict resolution styles and reach a win-win situation despite the differences.
The behavioural theory and the traits theory are significantly different from all perspectives. The trait theory believes that a leader is born with leadership traits, and that leadership is innate rather than developed or learnt. While behavioural theory believes that anybody can be a leader. The idea believes that leaders are made not born and focus on the actions of leaders, not their mental and internal states. Through teaching and observing anybody can be a leader.
I find myself believing in behavioural theory. As I think anybody can be made a leader, learn, and practice leadership traits. I find trait theory cynical and self-centred, thus believing more in the behavioural approach.
As a future business owner, I consider McGregor’s theory Y which acknowledges employees as self-motivated and hardworking people, encouraging collaboration and teamwork across my company. Furthermore, I will be using the democratic leadership style to run and manage the company which will help me promote openness and accept the team member’s opinions on specific issues facing the company or a project. Through this class, I have learnt something new about leaders, leaders do not necessarily have to be bossy, selfish, and demanding at all times, they can as well be grounded and friendly to encourage effective performance.
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