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March 28, 2014

LE PMA Reflection – Situational leadership theory 2

At that time i feel so frustrated and dont know what to do. This theory tell me then. If im the D2 or D3, I may need s2 or s3.

S1. Directing: high directive/ low supportive.

S2. Coaching: high directive/ high supportive.

S3. Supporting: low directive/ high supportive.

S4. Delegating: low directive/ low supportive.

and this is exactly what I feel in life but cannot describe them. I want someone who can give me direction more than supportive. I even thought why my parent cannot provide me some direction, i really need them. But now i know it's not their problem, I just have different needs in different develomental levels.

What I guess I need to do are 1) keep on going. this model tells me that no matter which industry i enter, people always experience this thing from d1 to d4. there is no reason to run away just after i know the industry 2) i need to find a perople who can give me direction and tell me suggestion. 3) always be positive and motivate myself!! think about if i could always motivated and commit to the job i can definately fly over the d2 d3. this is so important.

LE PMA Reflection – Situational leadership theory 1

accourding to situational theory, there are 4 development levels of employees.

D1. Enthusiastic Beginner: a learner with low competence and high commitment.

D2. Disillusioned learner: some competence but low commitment. They start to learn the job but lost some motivation about it as well.

D3. Capable but cautions performer: growing competence and low commitment.

D4. Self-reliant achiever: both high competence and commitment.

This remind me about how I met new jobs. the process is just like how the levels go up. firstly, I may find one industry is interesting so i come with low competence and high commitment. later i learn some basic from the job and also lost motivation because experiecnes. just like when I ended my internship in the pr agency, i start to feel like i dont want this industry anymore, because the salary is not good in china and you dont imagine to be in top management- they are all white or sigapore. Then I keep on doing it, i may be more capable but still have low commitment.

March 27, 2014

LE PMA Reflection – leadership history

After reading three leadership books, I feel like I become understand leadership and it is not general and useless but it happens in every day life. No matter you will be a leader or not, it helps you become a better person and understand yourself better.

Leadership studies 1) first started from great man theory, when people view leaders as a special group of people and found them mysterious. 2) researchers become to study traits of leaders. learning this part helps me realize who I am and how far I am from a successful leader. 3) behavior theory then followed. It is like after you understand one's characteristic, behavior is also important. 4) contigensy theory then come to light. that is because researchers then realize there are other factors affect leadership. 5)influence theory. if you factors can affect leadership, how? influence learn about how leaders influence followers. 6) relationship theory. the influence is not a one way process.

This research process is just like how we enter the society and get to know about ourselves. I dont know others, but for me it is. I first know there are good leaders, and then want to know why they are good (trait), then disseninate their trait into behaviors and then realize there are more factors influence everyone. So this learning process is like meeting myself and answer quesitons I had. It is so interesting.

What I also like is that, by learning leadership, people can know themselves better. I always believe leadership is not only in companies, but also in daily life. I found that the friends I met after I came to UK are always those reationship-oriented people. I then learn how to deal with people from them. But, at the same time, I also feel like we are not same kind of people. if i force myself to be like them, I may feel hard and lost. So what I learn is, there is not one really good leadership style, they hace to suit for enviorment. So for me, there is no need to change myself for others. just find the right enviorment for myself and appreciate those different from me and learn from them.

March 26, 2014

LE PMA Reflection – To to treat others

Actually, for me, I think learning Leadership is more than just learning those theories or learning how to do in work place. I think what I get most is how to treat others in real life, not only work life. I am a peroson who is not that flexible and always have high standards for myself and others (of cource, I have to admit I broke down some times, so I cannot match my goals).

After learning traits, and different leadership style and what factors may influence a leader, I realize a lot of drawbacks in my daily communication with others. I was always asking people to give me accurate and comprehensive requirements when we want me to help, if they cannot, I may say they are so bad and cannot do this little thing. However, now I think this is what always happen, 1) I need you learn those good traits, to behave good 2) so many leaders in the world meet those people, but they not complain, they solve it. That is what i really learnt.

Be come flexible and work! :)

March 25, 2014

LE PMA Reflection – Learning & experience

When I try to understand some detail of each leadership theory, I encountered some difficulties. Then I start to think about relationship between learning and experience. That is because, I found some theories are really simple because I can recall some memories about my expeiences. However, towards someone I never ever experienced, the theories and contents seem soooo general and hard to put into practice. Of cource, I know this is not the truth, the truth is that I never experience these so it seems hard to be understand.

I guess this tell me two things. 1) why there is the existance of mba and it requires work experiences. I understood that experience is important when I read something and suddenly realize the answer of my former questions in expeiences. But I dont understant if there is no expeience, understing these is sooo difficult. Imagination is not that powerful, experience is the key. So that is so reasonable for mba to require expeiences. 2) Learning is a life long thing. We cannot always stop and go back to school when we work. But we really need to learning new knowledge or review some theories we have learnt. I guess reading is soo important here and also those learing skills we learnt in schools are important!! Those skills enable us to read and understand critically and thinking as blogging now encorage us to think the linkage between theories and reality. Unluckily,,,,, I still dont think I may one day review what I


March 02, 2014

LE – how to communicate… eps in dif culture

I actually write this blog to thank my team.... we made 3 good presentations, but at the final report, we misunderstand each other and feel very stressful about it... It feels really bad... But I see this as a treasure.

Because, it tells me:

1 we always have bias even we dont notice it, its about language, culture and even imaginary steorytypes.

2 its so easy to misunderstand each other if you dont want to understand them...

3 but there is still some chance to cure those hurts... it s because we all know we misunderstand each other and want to step back.

also it helps me to realize how important to have a leader and have a plan before a group of people start their work to each direction. Only through enough COMMUNICATION, but just talking, but understanding each other, we can make a really good work...

LE – work vs people

Can we really achieve a good work without have good relationship with people...? I though it was yes, but I am not sure now. there are so many things you have heard but you never cannot really understand it until you really in that situations.

I thought people can deliver really good work without good relationship. this is what we are taught, to be objective, dont use personal emotions in work. because always, when you use personal emotion, you may get furious or too happy which is not good for objective work. But I havent realize, that when we give up those negative emotion, soemtimes we also forget our passion. You may want to finish your responsibility but you dont want to do anymore because there is no motivation and no one may show positive emotion to you because of this. But when you in a organization or company where people care and respect each other, perople understand each other. you may feel those expectation and do more than your responsibility.

How i may use it in future is that, I will definately care my coleagues and mates as much as possible (even though i dont really know how to implement,,, im a such conservative one). I m not a leader now, but this is at least i could do. I'll also try not judge people and believe them. Sometimes what a world is is not depends on waht it really is, but how you look at it... Hope I can always remember and do this.

February 27, 2014

LE Reflection – voice to be heard

Voice to be heard. Let me tell you two stories.

One is when I was interned in PwC and recerived a valunteer recrutment information, to give consultancy to NGOs. I went to the interview, it was a group interview. There were also 3 in my team are from PwC and they have worked more than 2 years and in fianance and asset management sectors, but at that time I was a junior university student. We began to interview and none of them want to lead, so I lead and I got the offer then. I still remember at the feedback session, the interviewers said that why dont you use your expertise to one of my group. I dont understand why they dont want to speak out.

Another one is when teacher ask who want to lead this week, i never raise my hand. I dont know what happend to me. Maybe its because language so I felt i am not supported. In some group work, I notice me or some classmates their voice has been ignored. We may make better results if we listen. But does the world have time to listen? maybe its because language, maybe its because their are conservative personality, or something else.

I felt bad and fortunate. I feel bad because I was excellent and always want to express my idea, but I cannot find the old me. but also I feel fortunate because I have a chance to experience this feeling, so I think, most time in future, I will willing to listen to others, respect them and encourage them to speak out and help whoever need it.

LE Reflection – learnt a lot

this blog is not about why what i learnd is important and how i will use it, but about the course just change the way i see leadership.

I was advocate of those autocratic leaders and addicted to them. I read schiteler Mein Kampf and always love those leaders who are aggresive but productive and wise. they just dont talk but tell you in their actions. I also once led a team in a business immersion program, in which there are lots freshman and sofermore students. I tried to assign jobs because I know how to do it, but they obey me silently and at night a supervisor lead them do it again through disscussing together. Me and another older one both know the new answer is shit... but I then understand that their aim is not to find the anser, they need to exoerience these things. I miss what they want.

Paul also said that, which is totally opposite from my previous thought, if you team choose a wrong way, I think you still need to be with them.... This is what I never ever thought about before I come to this class. For me, its like what we should do is ignore those idiot and do it in right and effective way. But in this class, I was told to obey, to stand with my team no matter if we are wrong.

To be honest, I can see some advantages of this point of view, but I still cannot say I really agree. I dont agree, but its really good that I have a chance to experience this. I dont know how, but I think this will definately benefit me in some time in my life.

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