All entries for February 2014
February 17, 2014
Today’s seminar was on how do leaders motivate/engage their followers to get the most out of the team.so considering and listening to each team the common points by which I can conclude the discussion is you can motivate the employees by delegating the authority, its like giving each member of the team some chance to lead which engages them. A leader needs to be a good communicator by listening to each team member and considering his or her opinion if appropriate for making the policies. Another interesting point, which turned up in the discussion, was the leader leading by an example by acting as a coach or a mentor. It is creating and coming up with a aim considering the situation.
For a leader I feel that creating the right environment is very important which can be achieved by creating a fair system for working and creating a positive safe working environment where employees can give their 100% without any fear.
In the discussion done after the seminar was done a very interesting concept of whether we will apply it in our working environment as it all depends on the situation a leader can be autocratic and should be stubborn and clear with its ideas or it can become flexible with the situation it all depends but what matters is motivating its employees to get the best results out of them considering each one as they are the contributors to the goal which needs to be achieved.
In the guest lecture on Friday regarding the topic Corporate Social Responsibility my learning regarding the topic is that the corporations around the world are struggling with a new role, which is to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of the next generations to meet their own needs. Organizations are being called upon to take responsibility for the ways their operations impact societies and the natural environment. They are also being asked to apply sustainability principles to the ways in which they conduct their business. Corporations around the world are struggling with a new role, which is to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of the next generations to meet their own needs. Organizations are being called upon to take responsibility for the ways their operations impact societies and the natural environment. I feel CSR which is now adopted by almost all the companies in the world help them create a image for them and it comes under strategic CSR concept. There are few companies too who fall under Value- Led CSR who actually wants CSR to solve its purpose. What Paul said during class these two philosophies are totally opposite to each other. Under the strategic CSR you can’t just let go you have to be on top you are always falling under competition but as far as value led CSR is concerned it is more principle based and once you know the principles and value, life actually becomes much more easy than strategic CSR.
February 13, 2014
In today's class we had a very interesting discussion about the leader should love its followers. Loving the followers doesn’t mean romantic love it can be respecting others point of view and counting his views in developing the policy. Other point of discussion was should leader treat its followers as family members but different emotions comes up while treating the family members which cannot be the same as in case of employees. A leader should treat him as one of the employees and consider him in the same place.
Very interesting concept of voluntary effect which a leader wants to consider in the case of employees is that 70% is the compliance and the rest is the voluntary which a leader wants his employees to be doing while performing the tasks. A leader can create environment where the employees or followers can do any task without fear. If there will be fear in the environment the employees will be restricted in thinking and will not perform to the expectations. So what I believe is there can be one on one conversation and discussion with the leader where the action of the leader can be challenged, which will result in the voluntary action, which a leader wants to happen while performing a specific function. The actions of followers should be voluntary.
As we were discussing the leadership in class i actually wanted to know what makes a leader. Are the leaders born or the leader can be built so i went on surfing on the internet that what are the characterstics of a leader or what reflection we can see from a leader as in whole. Very interestingly i came accross a few characterstic which you will find in every leader. Some characterstic which I acknowledged are :-
- Leader is adjusting and flexible - Leader can adopt to evry situaltion and surroundings and performing their best to adjust in the situation.
- Respectful - An effective leader always gives and gains respect.
- Good Communicator - A leader has to be a good listener considering the options suggested by others or the team members. Leader asks many questions and considers the options available to him which will lead him to the right direction.
- Open to Change - A effective leader will account all the poit of views suggested by others and will develop a policy considerings all the points mentioned by its team for the completion of the objective.
- Organized nature - you will always see a leader will be well organized whether its the meetings presentation or the appointments. Being organized will be the part of his nature.
- Initiator - A leader will be the initiator and a motivator to its team. He will be responsible for planning and implimenting of all the new ideas.