1.What, in your opinion, are the five most important questions in thequestionnaire for a leader and why?
i)What is the style of leadership used?
ii)What are the characteristics of the leader?
Changes depending with the situation, flexibility, courage, courage, and directing
Good judgment, confidence, interpersonal skills, and competence
Communication, organization, respectful, negotiation, and influential
iii)Is communication used by the leader effective?
iv)Is woman leadership valued?
v)What is the level of involving followers in decision-making?
Followers are never involved
Followers are involved at times
Followers are always involved
Theabove five questions about leadership are important because they arecritical in understanding the leadership style being applied, whetherthe leadership values communication, and the place of women inleadership. Effective leadership should value women leadership andneeds to have effective communication (Shelton, 2012).
Thecharacteristics of leaders presented in question (ii) are critical inidentifying the leadership styles presented in question (i). Thecharacteristics a, b, and c match with the leadership styles a, b,and c respectively. Thus, the leadership characteristics in (a)matches with the situational leadership, and so on. In question(iii), selecting 1 indicates that communication is not valued in theleadership 2 indicates that although communication is there, it isnot given much emphasis while 3 implies that communication isconsidered as a very vital aspect in leadership. In question (iv),selecting 1 means that women are not valued at all in leadershippositions 2 implies that women are valued as leaders but at a lowlevel while 3 indicates that women are highly valued as leaders.Alternatively, in question (v), selecting 1 indicates that followersare not in any way part of the decision-making process 2 portraysthat followers are part of the decision-making process but atselected times and 3 implies that, at all times, followers are partof the decision-making process.
2.What do your task and relationship scores indicate about yourapproach to leadership?
Fromthe analysis of the task and relationship scores, I identify with thetransformational approach to leadership.
3.Select three items from the questionnaire and describe how thiscourse has influenced your views in these areas.
Oneof the items is women leaders. From the course, I learned that theissue of women leadership is an important aspect since people tend tohold differing opinions of whether women should take up theleadership roles. Traditional views hold the perspective that womenare not supposed to hold leadership positions because they are deemednot to have leadership qualities. However, the modern views indicatethat women should, like their male counterparts, take up theleadership positions (Klenke, 2011). These opinions have influencedme in making the view that women should be in leadership. Anotheritem is the leadership ethics in leadership, ethics is exceedinglyvital. From the course, I have been influenced to make the view thatleaders are supposed to use ethics while faced with dilemmas. Theother item is culture and leadership. Culture should be integrated inleadership as it helps in identifying with certain aspects of aleader or the people being led (Swindall, 2011). The course hasinfluence me to form the view that leaders are supposed to develop aleadership culture.
Thekind of leader that I would like to become in the future is asituational leader. The position that I would like to obtain is thatof a supervisor. In this role, I will have the duty of organizingemployees and maintaining their discipline (Gilber & Munroe,2012). In this case, I will be in charge of the conduct of theemployees under different environments. Apart from this role, I willalso have the responsibility of ensuring that workers remainproductive under varied situations. In these two responsibilities,situational leadership would be necessary (Blanchard, Zigarmi &Zigarmi, 2013). For instance, employees will be expected to behavedifferently under various conditions consider conduct duringteamwork and individual work. In these two environments, there willbe a variation in the behavior of the employees since they will beexposed to varied working conditions. Alternatively, in the secondrole, workers will be open to different working environments but theywould be required to maintain their productivity, despite a change inthe condition.
Whileapplying situational leadership, I will ensure that I applyleadership ethics. In this case, I will treat employees as theydeserve to be treated because they are humans with fundamental rightsthat should not be infringed. In instances where there are situationsrequiring the application of ethics, I would use the code ofprofessional ethics in ensuring that employees get the bestalternatives. This will be critical in resolving issues that willface workers without discrimination. Leadership culture will be animportant element in the situational leadership (Kennedy, 2012)therefore, I will create a culture that I will require employees tofollow in order to avoid problems that can easily be avoided byworkers. The leadership culture will help employees understand andpractice what is required of them without failure (Zumitzavan &Michie, 2015). In an attempt to make workers fully understand theculture, I will constantly teach them the culture. I will alsoprovide, on the website of the company that I will work for,guidelines on what is expected of workers so that, once an individualbecomes an employee of the organization, will have access to thewebsite that will provide workers with what is required of them.
Teamworkwill be a crucial aspect that I will consider in the situationalleadership. I will encourage and help employees to form workinggroups, which will be perceived as vital in the delivery of the abovementioned roles. When employees are organized into groups, they willbe in a position share ideas when placed under varied workingenvironments (Papp, 2012). The sharing of ideas will be critical inhelping employees having problems in certain areas get assistancefrom others. This will make workers remain productive. Therefore, theformation of working groups will be a crucial factor in the deliveryof the supervisory responsibilities.
Furthermore,the involvement of women in the leadership will be a vital aspect inmy role as a supervisor. Since there will be different workingenvironments, I will involve women to be leaders of the workinggroups, where they would replace their male counterparts. This willbe critical in establishing when working groups would be moreproductive during men or women as heads of the teams.
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