March 02, 2014

Summarizing "leadership"..

In order to be a good leader, first of all,you should be psychologist. It cannot be learned from books or lectures, only you yourself and the life you live can teach it. During the L&E module I fully realized it. During the exercises and simulations I learned much about my behaviour, and observing behaviour of others I picked the characteristics I need to develop and those I don't want to have. If we had lectures, we would know the theories and would have no understanding about how those theories could be applied or modified under the special situations. Thinking about the qualities that leader should and shouldn't have, I summarized for myself that first of all a leader should observe people. not only those from his team or work, but all of the peoople around him. I think, this is the best people to understand how people behave under different situation and why. By doing this, leader can create his own set of theories about people and leadership. Secondly, leader should know how to influence people in a good way. Moreover, the way leader communicates is very important.

However, leader shouldn't be selfish pursuing his own goals. Then he/she should be a good listener and provide the dircetion. I don't believe in democracy and don't think that it is the best leadership style. He/she should lead the people, therefore sometime he should control people, for example in crisis situations, when others are in panic. Eventually, as I said in my previous entry, team members can recognize if their leader pretend and playing the role of a leader. Only if he passionate, loving his COLLEAGUES, when all is coming from his heart, he can gain respect and love of others.

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