Leadership Styles and Professional Growth Term Paper

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Leadership Styles

It is highly likely that I will be able to develop high quality leadership traits with the passage of time.

Values and personality:

It is hard to become familiar with your personality because you cannot see the flaws in yourself. No matter how hard you try the positive aspects will come forward leaving the negative ones far behind. But observing yourself every once in a while is the key to success. It helps you change your personality according to the situation. If I had to put my values and my personality on a piece of paper I would begin it by telling about my behavior with my closed ones, my associates and especially with the ones I deal with on daily basis. I believe on taking everyone with me and not being competitive as competitiveness leads you nowhere. It might lead you to success somehow but leaves you with no friends and no companions (Adair, 2009).

As a leader there are numerous responsibilities on you. You cannot be a person with a confusing or an under-developed personality. I had to be certain that I worked hard on getting an inspiring personality and the kind that a leader requires to have. I was understanding and considerate with people. I was respectful towards my fellow mates especially my subordinates. In order to win their trust I had to win their confidence. I was the transformational leader, the leader who creates vision and aims to achieve higher goals by inspiring and stimulating his followers (Adair, 2009).

Then comes the values, but before acknowledging your values it is important that you know what values are? Values according to me are small gestures on which your daily life is based upon. Values are your priorities and my priorities are making sure that I am not a burden on anyone or I am not dictating anyone's life. My major value is my optimism, competency and my ambition.My values have a big impact on my followers that is why as a leader you should choose and practice the values that will prove you as an efficient and an innovative leader. It is very important for a leader to be optimistic in his leadership. Because of my optimism I was able to deal with conflicts and overcome them, I was able to find a positive way out of every mistake and blunder my team made and most of all it had a massive effect on my team members as their positivity helped us in achieving our goals and aims. I made them see our bright future which would happen as a result of our hard work and because of this motivation they struggled more to achieve it. A leader's optimism is the reason why a team prospers (Adair, 2009).

Competency is required for every leader as, it is only then that he would be able to deal with a thousand issues related to his team and organization. My competency was very significant for my team members. They looked up to me and I had to set an example for them. I had to deal with financial issues, my team-building, I had to make my members trust me, I had to watch their each and every action. I had to adapt to every situation and act flexibly and above all I had to guide all my members to be flexible in dealing with every condition. It was my competency because of which I lead them towards their goal and I had to make them finish it on time with my inspirational speeches and continuous motivation. I had to solve the problems prevailing within the organization and settle all the issues in a way that will help me build relationship with my team (Adair, 2009).

My ambition is where I am right now. I wanted to be a leader and my determinations lead me here. I did not just sat in one place looking at things. I managed each one of them. I set a goal and I have made an excellent team and I achieved that goal with hard work and efforts. You would need an ambition if you want to spend your life revitalizing and in a significant way. Because without an ambition there is no leader, it would be the ambition that would keep him working hard even in the adverse and antagonistic situations. It was my ambition that helped me in motivating my team members, in building a relationship with them and thinking of new strategies daily for my leadership (Adair, 2009).


Abilities in motivating and communicating:

Motivation and communication are the greatest weapons you can own. As a leader these should be in your bones. I had to learn this tactic in order to make myself better. I made myself understand this term as I had to give my team mates the reason to act, to move forward and to keep going and not give up. In order to get a focused team I had to keep them motivated through communication. My words were their energy. I gave them such atmosphere around which they wanted to achieve more, they wanted to accomplish more. I knew they all had ability and I only had to make them use it. So I gave inspirational speeches to them. How can we be the one leading, and how can we be the greatest influence through our hard work. As a leader I had to leave a vigorous effect on them. I had to be their friend, teacher and their superior. I had to be strict with them at times, at times I was cold, there were times we were like the best team mates helping and supporting each other (Montana and Bruce, 2008).

There is no team without the power of motivation. A person cannot even move without getting motivated. It is the leader's duty to know what motivates his team, what will keep them going no matter how hostile the circumstances are. Along with motivating my team members I also had to create and develop opportunities for them so they could avail them and keep their motivation level going (Montana and Bruce, 2008).

Praising them was the biggest factor I used in motivating them. I kept on telling them how proficient and skillful they were and how they were the backbone of the organization. I had to keep telling them how they manage everything and how they listened to their leader and obeyed me. I had to reward them along with it to make them going. I praised every improvement I saw in them and this made them even more driven towards work. It made them realize that they are making a difference by working hard and their presence matters a lot. It also improved my working relations with my associates which was very useful to me (Montana and Bruce, 2008).

Encouragement was another factor that would lead them towards motivation. There were times when they would lose it and sit back. I had to pat them and tell them what a wonderful job they were doing. I guided them in every single matter they were working on. As a leader I had to deliver a rousing speech every time the team mates were together. But I had to make sure at the same time I wasn't pressurizing them. I had to keep them relaxed so they could do their work more attentively. As a leader you should not hesitate in encouraging your followers. You should praise and encourage them more often and in a proper manner and show them with your gestures as well (Montana and Bruce, 2008).

The key abilities and aptitude of a motivational leader are his skills of communication. I communicated with my team members and kept them optimistic about achieving a goal. I kept on telling them that they had potential and they could achieve it with their struggle. Along with my excellent skills of communication I had to work equally with them so the accomplishment of the goal could be possible and my team members would not lose hope. I kept on giving feedback on their achievements so they could keep going and not lose their desire to work (Montana and Bruce, 2008).


Team Building:

For a leader his team is important like his own body part. There is no leader without a successful team. If a leader manages to build his group appropriately, without a doubt he is leading towards triumph. The best leader meets every need of his team member. He knows how to deal with each of them as they all have different needs and wants. An organized team is a sign of a prosperous leader. The team should be the priority for the leader since a strong team will make a leader stronger. A leader should develop confidence and commitment among his team mates so that they can trust each other and work together in a better manner (Schultz and Schultz, 2010).

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