|ASSESSMENT 1 PART B BRIEF|
|Subject Code and Title||MGT601 Dynamic Leadership|
|Assessment||Assessment 1, Part B: Reflexive Report|
|Length||Up to 2,000 words|
Explore and reflect on self- development as a leader to build self-awareness
Through critical reflection on key leadership theories develop a personal leadership development strategy.
Analyse and develop the capacity to influence, motivate and inspire others in your workplace and/or community organisations
|Total Marks||30 marks|
The learning design of this subject is to focus on your own leadership journey and not to study leadership as some remote, theoretical concept that applies to other people. This assessment enables you to build self-awareness and a clear sense of how you came to be the person and emerging leader that you are today. It encourages deep reflection on your life and leadership journey to your present position. It helps you to increase your understanding of your current leadership capabilities and potential. The assessment requires you to establish a mentoring relationship with another student in the class so that you can provide mutual learning support and exchange constructive feedback with each other. In addition to this classmate, you can also request feedback from a trusted colleague in your work, personal or wider student networks.
Your task in Assessment 1 Part B is to reflect on you own leadership journey up until now, your current role or position, how you influence others, how you lead, contribute to or react to organisational and cultural changes and your current level of self-awareness and self- confidence to lead others in your organisation and/or community.
Assessment 2, which is due at the end of WEEK 11, builds on the first and asks you to prepare a plan for the next stage of your leadership journey. The assessments are integrated pieces of work and you should bear in mind the final part as you work on this part. All assessments need to be strongly based on the established theories and models of leadership to help you interpret and explain your leadership challenges.
You need to be proactive to connect with other students in your on-line/ face-to- face class, once you post your personal introduction on the “Welcome and Introductions” Discussion Forum. On-line students can select a partner from class mates who have posted introductions, or choose a trusted colleague from your work, student or personal networks. On-line students need to take responsibility for selecting and interacting with a partner. Face-to-face students will be guided by your facilitator, taking into account diversity of backgrounds to enrich your learning experience. More detailed guidelines for working with your partner are provided at the end of this section.
While the assessment includes feedback from the interaction with your partner, each person is to submit his or her own, individual report.
More detailed guidelines for working with your partner are shown at the end of this brief.
A possible structure for your report is shown below. This is a suggestion only and is not mandatory. Other structures would be appropriate, provided that they enable you to demonstrate your learning according to the rubric shown in the brief for the first assessment.
You should write in the first person, because this is about YOU, your reflections and your interpretations. (eg “I considered this advice to be….. because it had a big impact on my……..and it helped me to understand my”).
Try to be as specific as possible, use brief examples to illustrate your points and try to select examples that enable you to demonstrate learning against the attributes in the rubric.
All other principles of academic writing apply, including strict referencing, acknowledgement of the work of others and avoidance of plagiarism.
Subject Code: MGT601
Title: Dynamic Leadership
The report involves reflecting on my experience and learning as a leader. Hence, I have analyzed the roles, responsibilities and leadership issues at the first place associated with my job role as a sales manager. In the next part, I highlighted the key aspects of my leadership journey. Further, I analyzed the Gallup report, where my strengths as a leader are provided. I have five strengths, including restorative, relator, competition, input and maximizer. Next, I considered the feedback of my partner on my leadership journey. Besides, the suggestions in the feedback I also presented here. Lastly, I applied the Kolb’s reflective framework for structuring my leadership experience. I need improving my mentoring and social skill besides adopting the situational leadership style.
The purpose of the report is reflecting on my leadership journey until now including my current position of a sales manager, the way I influence others, the way I lead, react and contribute to cultural and organizational changes. Moreover, I am also going to reflect on my present level of self-confidence and self-awareness of leading others in the company.
I am the sales manager in my organization. My most important aim as a sales manager is achieving revenue targets of the company through the performance of my sales representatives. I focus on harnessing the strength of my direct intelligence, influencing the productivity of the sales force and taking out the highest performance from every individual person. My key responsibilities are:
However, while fulfilling my responsibilities, I face some leadership challenges as well, such as executing plans properly into actions and maintaining team spirit. I often fail to take feedbacks regarding my performance from others that I consider as an obstacle toward achieving the goal as a sales manager.
My father was an HR senior manager in his office, and from my childhood, I used to copy my father's actions. He always inspired me for being disciplined, empathetic to others and being confident. Hence, it is my father, who influenced me to become a leader. In school, I also used to play the role of a monitor in most of the times and managed the class well. Further, while doing any group projects, my friends used to choose me as the leader, as I was good at managing tasks. Gradually, I discovered myself as a good leader.
When I completed my management studies, I decided to join as a manager in a company. When I gave the interview, they selected me for the position of a sales executive. However, after discovering my abilities in helping and encouraging my colleagues, they promoted me to the post of a sales manager and that was the turning point of my career. In the words of Prive (2012), for becoming a good leader, some essential qualities must be there in a person. Honesty is one of the qualities that makes a leader ethical and makes him followed by others. Communication is another important quality that a leader must-have. Without communicating the vision with all the team members, it is not possible encouraging them to reach the expected goal.
Therefore, I have been focusing on improving my communication skill continuously so that I can better communicate the targets to all the team members properly. It helps me communicating with my reps effectively, understanding their difficulties and assisting them to solve those difficulties. When it comes to honesty, I already learnt its importance form my father and I maintain this throughout my job role.
From the Gallup results, it is found that restorative, input, relator, competition and maximizer are my major strengths. According to restorative, I am the kind of person who can deal with problems easily and can figure out the wrong thing to be resolved. Usually, I do this by studying my mistakes periodically, so that I do not repeat them. I am always ready to face my mistakes and make them correct. Considering my deficiencies and needs, I like to read books on self-improvements. As I am aware of my deficiencies, I seek opportunities in my workplace for improvement as a leader.
As per the input theme, I have the ability to accumulate and archiving ideas information, relationships and artefacts. As per the report, due to my strengths, I absorb the words of a book very quickly. I find it useful to read a book for releasing stress. I am a relator also means I am good at making and managing the relationship with others. I am comfortable with meeting new people, and I easily become friends of strangers. Thus, I am able to make my relationship stronger. I find high satisfaction in working with my associates for achieving an aim. According to the competition theme, I like to assess my progress by comparing it with others’ performance. I try to win the first position and carousal in contests. Further, being a maximizer, I like to encourage personal and team excellence. I try to convert something resilient into something outstanding.
The feedback that I received from my partner regarding my leadership journey is as follows:
Mentoring is a useful strategy to help people developing decision-making skill, team-development skill, leadership skill and navigation skill. The leader, by playing the role of a mentor, can guide the subordinates identifying proper courses of activities for challenges within the firm (Semanticscholar, 2019). Thus, by developing my leadership capabilities, I can allow the sales reps moving into rapidly challenging management or leadership roles in the future.
Hence, as a leader, it is my responsibility to inspire my team by conveying positive regard and affect through sending non-verbal expressions of dominance, attitude, interpersonal orientation and emotional messages. I need understanding the feelings and needs of all the team members for establishing rapport.
For better reflecting on my learning, I am using here the Kolb’s reflective cycle. The cycle has four stages, including concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization and active experimentation (Mcleod, 2019). The first stage, which is concrete experience, occurred, when I found that the performance of two of my team members declined notably. I found that they used to stay demotivated and depressed most of the time. Initially, I ignored the incident. However, after getting feedback on my leadership journey from my partner, I decided to reflect on my experience and performance. Thus, I reached the next stage. Here, I realized that the demotivation of my team members was due to my lack of social skill linked to emotional intelligence. I failed to recognize their feelings and helping them out of the situation. Hence, I moved to the abstract conceptualization stage, where I learned the importance of having social skill. I also understood the significance of adopting different leadership styles in different situations. Now, I have reached the stage of active experimentation. I have decided to become more empathetic toward my team members so that I can solve their problems actively. I need to apply my learning into my actions that will influence my capabilities as a leader, who can understand and manage the team more effectively.
Figure 1: Kolb’s reflective cycle
(Source: Mcleod, 2019)
The entire reflective piece of work helped me identify my strengths as well as weaknesses. The result of the Gallup report revealed the kind of leader I am and the leadership qualities I have in me. The five themes that described me as a leader facilitates me identifying and understanding my abilities. I am good at problem-solving, relationship building and maintaining, decision-making and inspiring people to give their bests. I have learned so many things while doing the reflection. For example, the feedback on my leadership style has encouraged me to adopt various leadership styles considering situational demands. Further, I have also acquired knowledge about the significance of mentoring and social skills for understanding the feelings and needs of people better and helping them accordingly.