It is important that one’s leadership style and ability be assessed. To this end, an assessment based on my leadership surveys was undertaken. I found that my leadership style is largely democratic, which suits my basic personality, which is that of a conciliator, not authoritative. This is a strength, yet my basic nature is shy and reserved, so communication sometimes gets lost. While my shy and reserved nature is not completely negative, in that it helps me think and process before speaking, it is something that I need to work on, for communicating ideas and being dynamic are two essential hallmarks of a leader. This report also has helped me ascertain the steps that I need to take to accomplish my goals for the future, and one of these steps is finding a mentor who can impart knowledge and help me with my weaknesses.
I examined the surveys that were detailed in report one to ascertain my strengths, weaknesses and leadership style. From there, I took this information, synthesized it, and used it to answer the detailed questions in this report.
There are many different types of leaders. Transformation leaders are able to “enhance their follower’s performance beyond the personal and leadership expectations” (Thomas, 2010, p. 9). Jung and Avolio (2000) state that trust is what makes a transformational leader effective. Trust in the leader is essential to lead through the transitional period, and help the followers overcome their apprehension, and overcome obstacles. They foster this trust by demonstrating concern for the follower’s needs, honoring previously made agreements, demonstrating capability in achieving the vision set forth, and by showing that they are willing to sacrifice their own well-being for the good of the organization (Harris, 2005, p. 8). .Another type of leader is a servant leader. . A servant leader is able to put aside his or her own self-interest in favor of the interests of those being led. . .