Leadership and Managerial Skills
Assessment-3: Self Reflection on Leadership
Earlier, there were no specific leadership types and models available based on which one can determine the type of leader they want to develop at a given working place in the organization. However, today one can find different leadership models, approaches, theories, concepts, and types based on which one can adopt the required one in a given workplace environment (Musson & Tietze, 2009).
The types of leaders include - transformation, transactional, autocratic, democratic, laissez-faire, bureaucratic and charismatic. Also, one should note that with advent of new technologies and increased globalization the workplace challenges have increased. An employee needs to perform multiple tasks at the same time and thereby complete the assigned tasks within the given timeframe.
Second, if he gets promoted to higher levels, he also needs to manage the team through effective leadership and managerial skills. Considering these aspects, I shall choose to become either a transformation leader or a charismatic leader. A leader in my view is an individual that will be leading the team from the front.
Hence, considering the workplace transformations and workplace challenges, there is a need to change the workplace environment, working approach, and also train the employees to get acquainted with the new technological systems. However, during this transformation process, the Managers will often face internal resistance of these employees. Hence, under these circumstances, it is important to deploy transformational leadership approach to transform the working team, motivate them to work in the new environment, inform them about the key befits of the new approach, and subsequently deploy change management techniques at a given workplace (Ghosh, 2016).
Also, there is a need of clear communicating on objectives of the organization from the top-level management. The managers need to bridge this gap and thereby inform the ground-level staff about the new objectives and provide them with the necessary direction so that they can start working on it (Greenwood, 2013). The role of a leader is not only assigning tasks to the team but also to assist them in their daily routine, manage the workplace, overcome workplace conflicts, carry out effective communication, and thereby achieves required objectives of the organization (Ghosh, 2016).
The leader instead of issuing orders and demonstrating authority over others need to focus on other work approaches through which the given tasks can be completed within given time. He needs to set goals for the team, organize the working approach, develop the plan on which the employees will be working, coordinating the tasks among all the team members, linking managerial practices with the daily work, maintaining schedules, directing the team as and when required, motivating them on different motivational sources, and subsequently manage employee's morale at the workplace (Ghosh, 2016).
It is important for the leader to assist the team-mates so that not only the tasks can be completed but also effective decisions can be taken within given time. The leader needs to ensure of effective communication among the team and also make sure of bridging rest other gaps in the organization. A leader can also become a charismatic leader if he demonstrates honesty and integrity in his work policies (Beauregard, 2008). He needs to inspire others and thereby make them develop personal work commitment at all levels.
It is further important to focus on the accountability and ethical issues of the organization. The leader needs to guide the team on the ethical principles and thereby avoid ethical breaches in a given work environment (Greenwood, 2013). Finally, he needs to motivate employees to focus more on creativity and innovation as it will help the organization to sustain in a given challenging work environment.
In other cases, the leader should delegate both power and responsibilities to the employees so that they can take effective decisions and subsequently save time and efforts. It will help him gain trust of the employees and they will respond them back as and when required. The employees will be taking equal responsibility in a given environment to make sure that all the objectives are achieved as per the requirements of the organization (Greenwood, 2013).
The role of the leader is to facilitate new changes in the organization, assist the employees in their daily work schedules, follow-up with the senior management, carry out effective communication, take decisions in favor of the organization, and thereby make sure of completing the assigned projects within given timeframe and also as per the expectations of the organization.