February 23, 2014

Leadership and followers

From taking the Leadership and Excellence course for two weeks, I have seen many different types of leadership within individuals in the class. I saw classmates when had to take a role as a leader, some lead assertively, some lead calmly, and some lead freely (kind of democratic). I tried to understand that each person has different personality, different belief, different skills, and different opinion. Therefore, it is common to have a conflict or argument between leaders and followers within the group. However, from the last leadership exercise, my group leader was kind of assertive and not open- minded, he always says that 'you have to follow me, you have to believe me'. In my opinion, I think in the real world business, there are alot of leader like this, which somehow I think it results in the negative way toward those leaders. As the leader being like this, the employees tend to not respect and feel unlike due to they will feel like they are forced to do or force to believe in the think that different from theirs. Also, as the employees have bad attitude, it will affect working performance and outputs of the organization. It is likely that they are not productive and less effective in their jobs.

Therefore, the company will run either in positive or negative direction, it mainly depends on leaders itself.

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