“Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the end of the earth, you are a good leader.” (Nooyi, 2015).
The objective of this blog is to look into my personal way of leadership, such as, which type of leadership do I believe I am and what kind of leader do I want to be.
My Vision of Leadership
Through various experiences I have experienced from being led by many different leaders, it gives me a point of view that good leader is someone who can lead and influence people objectively. Objectively means that there Is no bias among all members or employees. (CCG Resources, 2017). With objectivity, all members would feel equally valued and considered within the organization, as a result employees feel motivated and prosperous; consequently, employees will truthfully participate their work in the organisation. Without the existence of employees, the role of leader would be meaningless, and without the existence of employee, the organization would not be able to operate its business fruitfully (CCG Resources, 2017). Guirdham (2012) pointed out that leaders should have good interpersonal and communication skills in order to be able to communicate effectively and minimize the misunderstanding. Besides, leader should also possess good emotional intelligence “as the ability to recognize our own and others’ feelings, for motivating ourselves and for controlling emotions in ourselves and in our relationships.” (Goleman, 1998). Therefore, it is important for the leader to be able to listen, respects and pay attention to its employees. Furthermore, a good leader should also be able to apply certain leadership styles and power in certain circumstances (Yulk, 2013). Adam and Bornstein (2016), claimed leader should be transparent, inspiration, authenticity, open minded, empowerment and decisive. It is certainly not easy to be a good leader, as human being, we all have weaknesses, through authenticity a wise leader should admit its weaknesses and willing to learn from others. Therefore, I would say that my vision of leadership is more refers to democratic leadership styles. Although I used to have an autocratic leadership style.
Who has inspired my understanding of effective leadership?
One of effective leader that come out in my head is Indra Nooyi. She is a female leader or CEO of PepsiCo since 2001 till today. The reason for choosing Indra Nooyi is because she inspired me that you should not order someone something that you, yourself think that you wouldn’t do. From my previous autocratic style, I used to dictate people to do thinks that I don’t like to do, which I don’t think it is a good manner. By looking at Indra Nooyi’s message it gives me a huge realization.
My Personal Style of Leadership
Honestly, I have not experienced any professional position as a leader yet, however, I have several experiences to be a group leader in school, university, and society project. During my high school time, I was chosen as a leader of the entrepreneurship project in my school. On that time, I have an autocratic leadership style, where I tend to ask people to do what I think is the best and not listening to other’s views. But as I am getting older, my leadership style has been slowly changing into more democratic style, where I started to listen and exchange views with other, which I found much better than my previous leadership style in terms of effectiveness.
Also, from the feedback that I am given currently, the team members that I led said that I am a good motivator and have an open-minded as I could listen and accept different point of view of others. I believe that through many group activity that I have experienced, it slowly change my leadership style, and give me better view of an effective leadership.
Leadership Skills That I Want to Develop Throughout My MBA Degree
I want to be more responsible with the actions that I take as a leader, as well as improving my interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence so that I know better how to deal with certain persons and problems within the group effectively, especially in problem-solving.
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