December 10, 2006

leadership challenge

We had a very interesting game ‘leadership challenge’ on friday. It is about how a leader direct his/her team to arrive somewhere at the planned time with as many points as possible. I think it should be designed to test or practice the ability to lead, but when playing with this game, on the one hand, leader became just a information deliverer in fact, on the other hand, we as followers almost ignored existence of leader as well. Even so, we still collected the highest points among three teams. Does it mean that in the real world, such things might happen frequently in a sense. A leader doesn’t come into play as he should do. Perhaps, the success of project or strategy depends on the team cooperation more than being led by someone else.

I really enjoyed this module, and learned a lot in the way paul coach us, in which I was inspired to think a lot about leadership.Also, through dicussions in the seminar, there were many different but profound thought and reflection which all gave me deep understanding.As Ray said, the end of module is just a starting point to continue to learn more. I am on the way for ever.

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  1. Paul Roberts

    You make a really interesting comment about the leadership game and the leader’s role. The best form of leadership is perhaps that of the leader having such a light touch that the team members achieve the goal believing that they have done it all themselves. Does anyone know the reference for this thought? For me, this type of understated leadership is very attractive, because I do not like the leader to be in my face all the time, reminding me who is leader, tending to direct my actions. True empowerment occurs when individuals and teams take responsibility for their contribution to the shared goals and feel good about it. Perhaps this is why your team scored the most points.

    I am pleased that you enjoyed the module and look forward to further reflections as you learn more:-)

    11 Dec 2006, 19:13

  2. very good reflections, i think the true leader is like an invisible hand, it only occurs when the system need it. i belive in your case, two weeks of high collaberative teamwork is the foundation that makes your team collabrate so well at the end. perhaps who be the leader would not make any difference to your team’s performance. the most important thing that i can see from your team work is a harmonious system that build by the appreciation and understanding from everyone in the team. therefore, it is the system that is working not any individual. one works, all work.

    11 Dec 2006, 21:03

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