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MGT601 Dynamic Leadership: Self-Reflective Analysis Assessment 1 Part A Answer

ASSESSMENT 1 PART A BRIEF
Subject Code and Title
MGT601 Dynamic Leadership
Assessment
Assessment 1, Part A: Self-Reflective Analysis
Individual/Group
Individual
Length
Up to 500 words
Learning Outcomes
a) Explore and reflect on self- development as a leader to build self-awareness

e) Demonstrate the technique of reflective and reflexive practice as a means of continuous learning and self-development.
Weighting
20%
Total Marks
20 marks

Context:

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.

Assessment 1, Part A, starts to build self-awareness by analysing your results on the Gallup Strengths Finder psychometric instrument.

Assessment 1, Part B, increases your self-awareness through a reflexive journal, working with your partner, understanding your current capabilities and preparing a report on your leadership journey to the present time. Assessment 2 is a report on your plans for your continuing leadership development. The assessment reports should build on each other and should be seen as an integrated plan for your continuing personal and professional development.

Your Task:

Your task in Assessment 1, Part A, is to complete the Gallup Strengths Finder and submit a brief report on the results and their implications for your development as a leader.

Instructions for completing Gallup strength finder:

See further instructions under Assessment 1 brief in the LMS for detailed instructions to begin the test online. It is highly recommended to set aside 30 minutes of non- interrupted time to complete this test as the questions are set on a short timer to capture initial and instinctual responses.

Analysing results:

When you receive your results, look at your report and read the background document on the Gallup psychometric assessment. You should then prepare a 500-word report which covers the following issues:

  1. A brief discussion of your understanding of the conceptual framework behind the Gallup Strengths Finder and why it is important.
  2. A brief description of your results. Provide a copy of your report as an Appendix. It will not be included in the word count.
  3. Your initial reactions to your results: any surprises, any concerns, any connections with your own self-perceptions of your leadership strengths and personality preferences, any consistencies or inconsistencies with other feedback that you have received, either from colleagues or other psychometric tests.
  4. Your initial thoughts on the implications of the results for your current and future leadership: how you can draw on your strengths to enhance your current and future effectiveness.

Reflexive Writing - First Person:

You should write in the first person, because this is about YOU, your reflections and your interpretations. (e.g. “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.

Answer

Self-Reflection

The Clifton Strengths finder developed by Gallup research is a tool to enhance performance by inducing positive psychology. It helps identify born talents and in my case, it was a big plus as it helped me understand my traits which otherwise I was ignorant of. My top theme was maximizer wherein I was able to harness my skills and work towards perfection. I understood that my life is full of art and artwork and that in a professional front means that I am creative and thus creativity is my forte and I need to be in a profession that involves creativity. 

Another aspect of Gallup's strength was that of intellect and how one can execute the procedures based on the application. It has helped to formulate practices that can help to draw intellect exercise as per understanding. While my knowledge is through reading books and academics, the artist inside me helps me balance intellect with art in my perception and decision and make difficult situations look easy and take a balanced decision. My thought process has also helped me in getting through many of the tough times in my life. 

The third theme of the strength of collecting is called input and influencing the followers. While in school everyone is exposed to various art forms that they faintly remember. While I used to creatively transform recycled cereal boxes into cultural masks from Africa, similar thinking is required while in our professional lives and luckily such trait comes naturally to me wherein theme input also enables my artwork. The fourth theme of forming ideas with fascination is called ideation and is directly linked with being creative and thinking out of the box. There are many ideas that I have created in my mind and could be of use to me and others as well (Bolden, 2020). While we all follow a monotonous work schedule and follow a similar pattern in life, my creative methods are useful for me as I can relate to the task and enjoy the work I do and feel passionate about the same thereby being able to enjoy the work and be more productive.

Since in my profession I need to stand out as a leader and a relationship builder with the team members, my Gallup strengths have given me the confidence to stay relevant and be seen as a mentor and leader to them. I need to challenge myself everyday and be seen as an out of the box leader and an individual who tackles problems with ease and enjoys his work and in turn remain effective and productive. Since it is a good feeling to know my natural positive qualities, which somehow in the corporate race became less relevant, that this would help me stay afloat and take decisions with confidence and ease and also help myself and organization grow (Homan, 2020)

Through the Gallup test finding, I was able to understand how I am a strategic thinker would help to identify the strengths, and also relate with the skills and capacities to do work based on which one can apply it. It was an important lesson to associate and helped me to boost my confidence and even helped me to overcome my own mistakes (Jungmann, 2020).

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