In our textbook, Effective Leadership, Chapter 1 was mainly the how’s and whys of leadership. It also defines what leadership is along with how the power behind it. There are many definitions of leadership according to Humphrey.
What is leadership? Leadership is defined as in the book is how leaders are reflected by other groups, organizations, or society they might be in contact with. The way people lead as whether it is direct, control, or command. They influence followers to reach their ultimate goal and have an impact on others. As well as taking on tasks that need to accomplish certain end goals is also a key part of being a leader. They set goals and visions of how to make something better with this idea of having authority. Why is a leader important? They typically have a vision and purpose with whatever the task may be. They are motivational and influence others to make it achievable. No plan is too big or small. Putting your mind to the end goal is what a leader does. They have certain deadlines they have to met.
Leaders are typically called problem solvers. They solve issues they might be having in the workplace. They engage to make the place the best it can be without having arguments. Leaders are those that engage in activities and are not standoffish. They want to be in control. They want to be successful. How does decision making play in as a leadership role? It is worked in with making quick rational decisions on the spot and allowing suggestions to make it happen. They want to have others opinions to make sure they are making the right one. They typically solve a lot of issues but nothing is perfect in the business world.
How does power distance play into leadership? Having the ability to respect and manage decisions by others. They want to be able to have that cross relationship. Having too much power can make a leader be bossy. Equaling it out and being effective with decisions can make you exceptional. Along with having this “power” being able to stay positive is key. No one wants negativity in the workplace.
Levels of Leadership that stood out to me: within person, personality differences, and peer group. Within person: having goals, motivational, and dependable. Personality differences: leaders and followers. Why you want to be a leader not a follower. Peer group: having a team lead to make sure everyone is doing their work. I tend to show a within person leadership skill because of how I am a quiet and reserved person. I often look and think about my goals. I write them down, I think about them, and overall see how I can challenge myself. It is rewarding to write them down and when you achieve something celebrate it!
Overall, leadership can be difficult. Finding that balance between being a leader and a boss can be challenging. I strongly recommend thinking about:
- How you can make a change if you are follower?
- How can you be an influence on others with them respecting you?
- How can people value you as a person, leader, and friend?