Last week was quite educative indeed, as it introduced various important concept pertaining communication. The week introduced various important concepts pertaining communication skills. The week introduced various theories pertaining leadership skills; these theories includes democratic, authoritative, contingency and person task oriented. The topics also introduced various concepts in relation to the traits, which a leader should possess. The week also introduced various concepts in leadership for example power which has been defined in module seven, lesson two as “ability or capacity to achieve a goal even against the interests, will, or resistance of others.” the week also introduced the practices that appear in transformational leadership.
The main take from the week came from leadership lesson. A leader shapes the behavior of others through example and talent. He usually does not depend on legitimate formal authority. His power rests on his being accepted by his followers. Management is the `art of getting work done through people mainly by planning for them what is to be done, directing them, organizing activities, and controlling activities towards goal attainment. Managers can force compliance from employees by use of formal authority. A manager need not be liked or accepted by his employees because he has formal power given by his position of authority. Leadership is much narrower than management but usually a good manager is usually a good leader.
Leadership guides organizational efforts towards achievement of organizational goals. It has been said that without leadership an organization is a muddle of men and machines. Leadership is the ability to persuade others to seek defined goals enthusiastically, and it is the leader who triggers the power of motivation in people and guides them towards goals.
The method or style of leadership a manager chooses to use greatly influences his effectiveness as a leader. An appropriate leadership style coupled with a proper external motivational technique can lead to the achievement of both individual and organizational goals. If the style is inappropriate, goals could suffer and workers may feel resentful, aggressive, insecure, and dissatisfied. Autocratic leadership is therefore the best as it brings in discipline. All authority and decision making is centered in the leader. He makes all decisions, exercises total control by use of rewards and punishment. An autocratic leader requires conformity from his subordinates and always considers his decision to be superior to those of his subordinates. One advantage of autocratic leadership is that it allows faster decision making but it can easily cause workers to experience dissatisfaction, dependence on the leader or passiveness towards organizational goals.
I have picked up various skills during this week and they will definitely affect my future career. I had never know that the type off leadership skills that a person adopts influences productivity of those they lead. I will definitely be a great leader when my time comes. Ability to inspire others, the ability to understand human behavior, Verbal assertiveness, Willingness to communicate honestly, dedication to the goals of the organization, the ability to inspire through examples , the willingness to take risk, the Willingness to assume full responsibility for the group the kill in the art of compromise and lastly the ability to tolerate criticism are core life skills that a leader can acquire in at a young age and are essential for in any organization that dreams of being self-sustainable.