Leadership Journal Part 1

1. I am a part of the women in management learning community this course is required; however, I enjoyed the last course we took with you and I am looking forward to this one. I am taking this seminar because I enjoyed the guest speakers last semester and think that they will also add to this course in the same way they did before. I hope that in this course I get to see what we have learned be presented by the guest speakers because it gives you a chance to see it in a real-world perspective. I think it will be interesting to learn all that needs to be done in order to be a good leader in the workplace. 2. Out of the four domains of leadership in Table 3.2, and the Gallup CliftonStrengths, my results were that my strongest strengths are relationship building and strategic thinking.are relationship building and strategic thinking. I would need to build relations with people of other strengths to solicit support for my strengths. I would need people who need help building relationships themselves so that I can further my strengths in relationship building. Also, I am a very strategic thinker and working with others who need help being directed would build that strength for them even because they would be getting guidance from me. All around to solicit support to build more in your own strengths you need to find those who need the help in that area. 3. People in my life personally that have influenced my thinking about leadership are my coaches I have had through the years. These coaches themselves showed me and taught me ways to be a leader in my own sport. Half the time they did these things without my knowledge but
looking back at all the individual things they had us lead and them teaching me how to do them whether it is in an active in person way or on the side going unnoticed in a sense, but still helping the group or team succeed. I believe that everyone can be or learn to be a leader as I mentioned before my coaches were able to build us all into great leaders. To be a leader we all have learned the skills at some point in our life and no one is a natural born leader. 4. Based on my scores from the Leadership Traits Questionnaire, my strongest traits are self-confidence, dependable, and empathetic. I think these traits make sense I am very much a person that believes that I can do anything I set my mind to and that takes a lor of self- confidence to do so. With this I am very dependable I am someone who gets my work done and is diligent in doing so. My weakest traits would have to be outgoing I will talk in group settings, but I am very laid back in doing so and only join group when asked I don't necessarily pursue them. Once I had read the whole chapter the leader that I found most intriguing was Oprah Winfrey. The thing that I connected to about her was that she is a charismatic leader. I believe I am also this kind of leader in life, and I find that this leads to me being an effective leader in all I do. It was also discussed in the reading that she is not the most spontaneous person and I connect with that as how I early stated I am not allows outgoing I must be invited or talked into being this and the same goes with being spontaneous. 5. After reading about the assumptions on Theory X and Theory Y I believe my leadership style falls under Theory Y. I have always been very hard on myself in all I do in life and because of this I am very self-motivated. Something else that made me believe I fall
under Theory Y is that I understand how everyone has their own one of kind form of leadership. I am someone who finds that I lead in a way where I make sure everyone is somewhat self-motivated and that I am there to guide them. As I looked at my results on the Leaderships Styles Questionnaire one of the scores, I wanted to change was my score in democratic leadership I felt that it was lower than what I though it might. I want to bring that up because I believe that it is an effective form of leadership and one, I would like to use more. I believe to do this I will have to find a balance between authoritarian leadership and democratic leadership. 6. 7. I do believe that emotional intelligence is an interpersonal leadership skill as was discussed in the chapter we just read. Having emotional intelligence goes further in depth than just seeing someone for task that might do at work. Emotional intelligence allows for people to use the skill to understand people on a more personal and deeper level. This is very important because our own personal lives leak into our work lives and its important to be aware of that because it allows you to be a better leader. When it comes to my own emotions and how they affect me as a leader I am very aware of it happening. I am someone who needs reassurance in my life to know that everything is okay and going well. So, in leadership roles I verify with everyone what task they should be on and that they are going about it in a way that works for them, but is also beneficial to completing the work quickly.
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