I have never been one to back down or shy away from a leadership position, and it wasn’t until I got out of college that I understood the meaning of being a leader. I have learned how I can use my skills as a leader to succeed and move forward in life. I have been put into leadership roles my entire life, and I can’t remember ever complaining about it, because I felt that if anyone was going to be able to succeed for fail and still be able to get something out of it, it was going to be me.
Leadership Style and Traits The topic of leadership styles is usually divided into a variety of different styles, which is what makes every leader different. Each style is effective in its own way and each style also has it shortcomings. I used the Big Five Model of Personality (Lussier & Achua, 2013), to help myself to better understand what type of leader I am. I also used it see what I can bring to a group as a leader and to see where I come up short in my leadership.
The Big Five Model is the basis of trait-based leadership theory, was developed to reliably categorize, into one of five dimensions, most of the traits you would use to describe a leader,” (Lussier & Achua, 2013). The categories are as follows: Surgency Agreeableness Adjustment Conscientiousness Openness to experience According to Lussier & Achua,” leadership traits are distinguishing personal characterists,”(2013). In my case I have acquired all of my leadership traits at different stages of my life.
Some of the stronger traits are Surgency ( the want or need to be in charge), Adjustment (self-control, calm, good under pressure , and relaxed), and openness to experience. Some of my weaker traits are Agreeableness (social, and friendly), and Conscientiousness (traits related to achievement, and responsibility). Surgency is important to me because I have always been expected to take on the leadership role, so much, that I now feel like I need to be in charge. I want to be that person who can lead people in the right direction.
Adjustment is another trait that I take pride in. Since I went to college I have been put in situations where I have had to adjust to new things, and new people, and that is the case any time that you have to move away from your comfort zone. When I first got to Texas I remember having trouble with the adjustments, and I struggled to remain calm and keep a clear mind. After a while I noticed how good I was at adjusting and I started to establish myself, while learning new techniques to retain self-control, and to say calm and positive.
So when I moved out here to Ohio after I graduated from college was I ready and willing to make the necessary changes to adapt to another change in my life. Being able to adapt and adjust are two key traits that every leader should have because things are constantly changing, so being able to deal with them without losing your head is very important. The last trait I consider to be one of my strengths is openness to new experiences. Leaders have to have be willing to step out of their comfort zones from time to time in order to successful.
I have always been open to new experiences because it is all part of learning. If you never try anything different you will be stuck in the same place doing the same things while time passes you by. Agreeableness is one of my weaker traits, not because I am combative, but because I can be perceived as hard and unfriendly. I am very assertive, but I also don’t mind bending and trying different things. Another reason why I feel like this is a weakness is because I am social when I have to be. I am not one to hang out with the people at my job, because I don’t like to mix work with my free time.
I go to company functions because I am expected to, but I am friendly and I usually enjoy myself. Conscientiousness is also one of my weaker traits. I have no problems with accepting responsibility, but sometimes I feel like all of my hard work gets overlooked. I completed the first assessment in chapter one of the Leadership: Theory, Application, and skill Development book. This assessment, as simple as it was used a number scales to help me see where I fall when it comes to leadership potential.
After taking it and scoring a 27 out of 35, I was reassured that there is a great deal of leadership potential in me, but it also let me know that potential is only useful alongside hard work and dedication. Within the Big Five Model, dominance, high energy, self-confidence, locus of control, stability, integrity, intelligence, flexibility, and sensitivity to others have strong research support (Lussier & Achua,2013). After using this model I was able to realize that I have a couple of different leadership styles.
The first style I practice is transformational leadership. Some of the most influential people that I know, work for, or have heard of, have been transformational leaders. The idea of transformational leadership was introduced in the 1970’s by Burns, and expanded upon by Bass (Lussier & Achua, 213). Transformational leadership is when leaders raise their associates to higher levels of motivation and morality, moving and changing things by communicating to followers a special vision for the future ( Lussier & Achua, 2013).
A transformational leader raises the people around them to a high level of motivation, and helps them to be successful within the company. Many transformational leaders are seen as inspirational, because of the positive effect that they have on the people around them. I have always said that a successful leader has the power to make the people around them better so this is a leadership style that I take a lot of pride in. The next style of leadership that I use is Strategic leadership. When you are put into a leadership position there is always a strategy to be had, or a plan of attack to get the job done successfully.
Some of the skills that strategic leaders possess include effective team building, goal setting, and effective communication, selecting, developing and mentoring other leaders, evaluating strategy implementation and making strategic adjustments, finding and sustaining competitive advantage, and anticipating and forecasting events that may impact their organization (Lussier & Achua, 2013). This form of leadership is very important to be because of my background in athletics. I have been an athlete for my whole life and I have always been part of a team, whether it was in basketball, volleyball, or track.
So it is only natural for me to push the concept of teamwork to get people to understand that there are so many things that can be accomplished with a team as opposed to doing it alone. I also think this form of leadership is important because it places people in positions where they are going to be the most beneficial. It also maintains structure without giving employees the feeling that they are being micromanaged. Leadership Motivation The leadership motivation theories that apply to my style of leadership are the Equity theory, the expectancy theory, and the Goal-setting theory.
The Equity theory proposes that employees will be motivated when their perceived inputs equal outputs. The Expectancy theory proposes that employees are motivated when they believe they can accomplish the task, they will be rewarded, and the rewards for doing so are worth the effort, and the Goal-setting theory proposes that achievable but difficult goals motivate employees, (Lussier & Achua, 2013). The Equity theory and Expectancy theory relate to my style of leadership because I believe in showing employees that they have contributed.
Sometimes letting people know that they do play a role in the company can change the attitude of the employees as a whole, which means they will be much happier and willing to do more. The Goal-setting theory relates to my style of leadership because it gives employees something to strive for. Once they set a goal they feel the need to achieve it. Its gives the employee a sense of fulfillment in knowing that they accomplished a task and that is very motivational. Sources of Power and Influence Being a leader is always associated with power, but that is not always the case.
I like to consider myself an influential leader because of my strong grip on the importance of teamwork. When you are working as team, the leader is simply there to make sure that everything is completed successfully, but their main job is to distribute the power evenly to that everyone can be successful. The leader provides structure to that plan and gives help where help is needed. There is also power to be had when you are following. The leaders depend on the followers and, in turn, the followers depend on the leader.
You have to be able to follow before you can lead, because if not there will be too many Chiefs and not enough Indians, which will result in a power struggle. Leadership Strengths Some of the stregths that I spoke about earlier in the paper are Surgency ( the want or need to be in charge), Adjustment (self-control, calm, good under pressure , and relaxed), and openness to experience. Some of my other strengths are my ability to speak and be heard, I’m quick on my toes, I am trilingual, I am very orderly, and I have the ability to show compassion when it is needed but not all the time.