All entries for March 2013
March 29, 2013
Importance of Communication
Leadership effectiveness is possible only if clear communication is done and everyone in the organization gets to know about the vision and strategy of the organization. It is an important tool in transformational leadership and itss effective use by the leaders make their leadership more effective and help in achieving the desired results. Transformation is not possible without the involvement of everyone in the organization and even here communication enables top management to drive change.
I learnt that formal and informal contacts between top management and employees need to be conducted to get the desired results.
March 28, 2013
Importance of relation between leader and subordinates
Transformation of an organization is a three step process of revitalization, creating a new vision and institutionalizing change. For this transformation of the organization, transformational leaders act as change agents and create an atmosphere where everyone is involved in driving change and achieving a common mission. Communication is the main tool used by these leaders to achieve this goal.
In the learning phase of this module, I realized the importance of relation between leader and his/her followers. We all have this thinking that respect for leader is only possible if he keeps a distance with his/her followers to contact them formally and occassionally but after reading about this leadership style, it changed my thinking because trust and confidence in the leader drives respect for him/her and this trust and confidence in leader is possible if there is this informal contact between leader and his/her followers.
Transformational leadership theory is something new to me and to everyone here as it emerged recently and is most suitable to adopt in this competitive environment where change is compulsory and required to compete with others. Inspiring followers and communicating them about the need for change and its importance is the most crucial part for the top management or leaders but following the four dimensions of this leadership theory that is idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation and individualized consideration made this task comparatively easier and gives a tool to the leader to follow.
While doing this PMA of leadership and excellence, the main focus of it wa to relate this theory to the practices in the real world and this was the main learning part. Reading about something is one part and implementing it is the other and I put myself in that situation and assuming the characteristics of a transformational leader made a chart of to do list for the CEO and HR director of waveriders which actually helped me to act as a leader in imaginary world and implement theories in real because they are useful.
March 26, 2013
Leadership and its effectiveness
Yes, all leaders are not effective and their effectiveness depends on three variables and four aspects. This is what we all know as it had been taught in module week that leadership is a function of Leader him/herself, the group members and the situation that is L=f(l,gm,s) as stated by (DuBrin 2007 :20). I had no idea about this practical approach to leadership before this module and getting into a deeper study about leadership and its framework gave me some more insight about its effective implementation. What we had been studying is that leaders are born and leadership can not be learned or taught but assuming all these three factors effective leaders can be made.
Leaders effectiveness is based on the characteristics and behavior he adopts relevant to the characteristics of his/her followers in a given situation or environment. Learning from this framework is about the importance of group member's characteristics in making an effective leader. A leader can be democratic, autocratic, charismatic but can not be effective until he/she is not able to understand his/her followers as all these variables are interlinked and collaborative exercise of these variables result in effective leadership.
In practical scenarios, while performing as a leader, I would prefer to understand the characteristics of my group members to be an effective leader.