October 07, 2008

Leadership

There are a few things I picked up from today's first group meeting.

First of all, it is easy to be a leader, because everybody can say: " I want to be a leader", and everyone else in the group agrees, so there is a Leader. However, how to be a GOOD LEADER?

We have 6 mini group projects, most of us will have the opportunity to be a leader once. However, working with a group of people with different working styles and different attitudes towards the group course work, coordinating all the work required for the task and to motivate the team in order to achieve the best outcome and most importantly good communication with the team. All of these are very big challenges for a leader.

Furthermore, in a team, each one is a different individual, team members are not simply just to do what they have been told by the team leader, but each one will have different opinions, thus for a team leader, he/she will definately have to deal with lots of conflicts raised from all the group discussion or debates. Respecting the different opinions of each individual and bringing out the best from each of team members are very challenging as well. So far, we have had quite a positive discussion and everybody is willing to contribute to the team.

Another quality required for a leader is to be able to accept constructive criticism, by listening and learning from different  thoughts and opinions voiced by team members only is a leader able to progress and improve his/her leadership skills.

Leadership is not dictatorship, and it is vitally important that a leader is able to listen and to take in all kinds of different opionions voiced to analyse and to make a decision that suits the majority rather than him/herself. A leader will have a certain amount of power over others, but not the right to over use those powers.

There is another thing strikes me is everybody’s working style. I have to admit I am not the most hard working type.  This does not mean I don’t like to work, I do, and I dedicate a large amount time to work. However, Apart from working, I also enjoy a good movie, a interesting TV programme, or even chatting with friends, or enjoy a nice meal with my flatmate. If my team ask me to go to learning grid at 23:30, I will definitely say no. I know some people work really hard, I respect that, and I wish I could be like that, but I know it is just too hard for me to resist all the temptations around me.

A good start is half way to success, and I wish our team all the success.

It is my pleasure to be with you all, so little I know and so much to learn. 

That is all from me today, thanks for reading.


- 4 comments by 2 or more people Not publicly viewable

  1. Thank you Mei for your comment, you needn’t apologize, it was a learning experience for me I knew from the start that I will encounter challenges. In my blogs I simply reflected on these experience hoping to do better next time. However I must admit, it was quite hard getting people to agree, and as I said in my blog title, I still have much to learn…

    07 Oct 2008, 02:06

  2. Oh and I do think I was unfair to you and Ally in my blog… I made seem like you guys were bad guys~ but definitely not… I thank you for pointing out my flaws… and I will try my best to become better group leader in the future… THANK YOU!

    07 Oct 2008, 02:18

  3. Paul Roberts

    A sound contribution to the discussion on leadership Mei. I also think that you make a good point about enjoying other things apart from study. Just as we eat and sleep to renew our resources, so we need to take part in other activities. Stephen Covey, author of bestselling “Habits of highly effective people” calls this “sharpening the saw” and says that it is essential to spend time each week on physical, spiritual, mental and social renewal. So I hope that you continue to enjoy the course and the other things that Warwick has to offer.

    16 Oct 2008, 13:34

  4. MEI i am very agree with it
    sorry for the late comment well i am sure by the end of the course we will develop our own definition of leadership and lead the people =]

    26 Nov 2008, 15:42


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