All entries for Monday 25 May 2009
May 25, 2009
I thought that it will be useful to post learning points about leadership
from lectures that I found important for me.
1) Leader - challlenge situation
Manager - likes stability
I found this statement as a introduction to leadership. Since it gives a reason for emerging leaders.
For example, in the work condititons manager try to maintain optimise all related processes. He does not like to radically change the situation. He is happy with this mode and keep the activities going. He does not like to take risks and more responsibility. Wheras leaders always looking for areas that could be improved. He should not like the situation. He always seek the challenge. He does not know exactly that these changes only bring 100 per cent benefits, but at least he tries and never sits and doing nothing.
This statement compares the two major roles in business. There is a wisdom word that all things understandable in the comparison. Therofore, I found it very useful
2) Leader is the person that have own values.
This statement gives another important aspect of leader's characteristic. Because, from my point of view leaders should have some sort of morality and values. He should appreciate and develop them. I know that effectivness of leaders does not depend on personal values. If target is achieved, then leader is acted effectively. However, I think leaders should contribute to society positevely. Woithout any morality, he could destroy many lifes of people. Therefore, he should look after for his moral views.
Furthermore, leaders should keep their values stable in every situation. He should not change them. For instance, in one situation her behaves like that, in another situation he behaves differnetly. People that surrounding him could capture these changes and in the end he could lose his credibility.
3) L = f(l, tm, s)
I like this expression of leadeship. It gives the scope of this broad term. It suggets that leadersip should be regarded in the light of leaders, team memebers and situation. Leader has to always adapt to different situation wiht differnet peiople. In the real life, leaders could face with very complex situatiuon. He should be prepared to face them. However sometimes these situation emerge so spontaneously that everybody do not expected this. In thess circumstances leaders ouhgt to take the main role and respond qiuckly. To every situation there will be one unique solution.
Overall this expression points out the flexibility of leaders. They should always find out ordinary solutions to the facing problems.
4) Leaders firsly understand people and then he tries to be understandable.
This aspect states the importance of good realtionship bertween leaders and and team members. Leaders not always should react qiuckly without listening others. He firstly tries to undesrtantd the situation by speaking with people. He should not react as an autoritian. With looking insight into situation by not only understanding but also feeling the people, he could identify robust solutions.
Moreover, if things do not go right, leaders should not react to people without undersatnding them. He ought to carefully listen and speak to them. He could ask these sort of questions: Why you reasct like that? What are the consequences of your action. How do you understand the situation etc. By asking questions he could more effectively lead the group. He shoud be a good psyhologyst.