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March 18, 2014
As I mentioned briefly on my previous blog entry, situational leadership is one of common leadership theories in literature. Basically, depending on followers’ readiness level in terms of psychological and knowledge-based, a leader is able to put forth different leading style.
This figure provides what actually situational leadership looks like. Let’s assume that one of our subordinates is not capable of doing a task alone, because of the lack of competence and confidence. So his readiness level can be seen as D1, so the appropriate style of leadership would be “Directing” (Telling what to do, how to do), which is very task-oriented and less relation-based, because he/she firstly needs to learn how to cope with. On the other hand, let’s assume that even though one of our other subordinates is capable enough to deal with the case alone, he/she does not have sufficient confidence level, so the readiness level of this person is D3. He/she only needs some supporting, and the leader should encourage shifting these peoples’ readiness level one more step forward which is D4.
The methodology of Situational Leadership can be seen as deploying the right way of leadership to the right type of the followers. To sum up, the leadership style is not totally fixed in the situational leadership model; however, it is flexible enough to adapt to different styles over time depending on the self-development of people.
March 17, 2014
Although I had believed that there are some leadership skills or examples in my mind before I took this module, actually I can say that I learned lots of things about leadership itself, leadership ways, and its theories too, because I had a chance to see the each leadership skills with the in-class examples (simulations). Also I was one of the leaders of mini-project and felt that I am responsible for both establish the team harmony and complete all of our duties, so this module gave me enough time to show my leadership capabilities.
What I learned especially about leadership theories is that situational leadership is really important, a leader who is able to alter his/her styles for different situations and find the right leadership trait for a particular case, sounds an important trait to have. I read lots of articles and case studies about this theory, and decided to use on my PMA too. There are 4 levels in the Situational Leadership, a leader can be very task-oriented and can be less relationship-oriented, or can be both very task-oriented or very relationship-oriented, or can be less task-oriented but can be very relation-oriented, or lastly can be less task and relation-oriented.
Actually there is no perfect leadership style, so our leadership style depends on the situations which we deal with. For instance, in one of the in-class games, building the tallest or most creative structure, there are time constraints of completing the job, although autocratic way sometimes sounds so undemocratic or very low motivated way of leadership, we all have seen that autocratic way of leadership was best suited for that case.
February 23, 2014
Don’t mix up work with social life
As future leaders, deploying two different strategies is important in working environment. When we are working, actually we are just working; when we are dining and wining, we can have fun. They are different between each other. However, in the working hours, we have to be more professional.
Being a leader not only means that working like machine, having good communication and convincing skills, delegating task with respect to skill-set, and keeping the time precisely; but also means that leaders should sometimes meet with blue and white collars in the organization. It does not about seem as a person who takes them into consideration his/her employees’ opinions; it is all about the dignifying the people, so they feel themselves that the leader cares about them.
February 22, 2014
Isn’t Corporate Social Responsibility a marketing tool?
Honestly, I used to could not see the any difference between CSR and marketing. I believed that their aim were almost same, because both tools aims to increase the brand awareness via spending thousands or millions of pounds. After Zoe Chilton who works for one of the F1 manufacturers, attended our leadership class as an external speaker and talked about her experiences about how they deploy CSR and how they convince their target group. I understand that companies are able reach the values via CSR that cannot be purchased or reached by marketing tools, because marketing spends lots of money to create more market share for product generally. However, although CSR has a financial expectation in future, CSR tries to solve some problems that may be social or environmental, so it so more beneficial to our planet instead of wasting lots of money. According to me, as one of the future leaders, it is my objective to shift marketing reserves to budget of CSR.
While we were preparing our CSR presentation, I ran into with distinct CSR example which has been done by Dove. Here it is.
Today I thought that there is a slim border between the democratic leader and ineffective leader. What I mean is basically if a leader want to seem more democratic and do not have power to take tough decisions, and followers drive the organization, we do not need to have a leader which is honestly ineffective leadership, so followers can break the bonds of leadership. I do not think that taking over the leadership from the ineffective leader is an issue, if you have high amount of followers. Being more democratic always has always scared me, because honestly I felt that I cannot control the discussions and lead the team through the right path.
However, what I have learned from this module is actually I am able to control the discussions going around and lead effectively (according to assessments), although I didn’t use my autocracy over followers.
Finally, I really thank to my brilliant team who are Vincent, Jaat, Sandra, Osama, Kwang. It was a great pleasure to have worked with them.
February 12, 2014
The question rose in my mind that should everyone be a leader. Actually, I don’t think that every stakeholder of organization should be the leader. According to what I have learned today some people are good at management, some are good at leadership, and some are good at both of them. Instead of forcing or expecting people to become leaders, we can define ourselves as leaders and we need to make sure that they do their duty properly.
According from bottom to top perspective, we have to find the ways about how we can give a hand the people who works at the bottom in order to make their job as easy as possible. Especially, lack of degree (education) does not mean that lack of intelligence, we as future leaders should pay attention what they are talking about what kind of concern they have. Also one of the other important things is we, as future leaders, do not need to please people in order to be liked. The true leadership is more about sharing the ideas, and influencing people with them.
February 11, 2014
Are Leaders are born or made?
After a very beneficial day for our learning process, we as a group strongly brainstormed to sort out the ideal elements of leadership. Although it was our duty to find the definition of leadership for next presentation, I really enjoyed working with this group as a family, thanks to my all colleagues.
Actually, I believed that great leaders are born; however, I’ve changed my mind. Because according to our findings which all of you guys will see it tomorrow, leader can be made too. With respect to one research which has performed in 53 countries, 52% of responders believe that leader can be made and 29% of responders though that they are equally born and made. While creating a leader, 46% and 35% of people believe respectively that it is all about experience and training; however, 20% of them though that trait plays important role too. Regardless of what a person was born as or which horoscope he/she is, a person who hopes to be a future leader needs hardy train yourself and gain more experience on field than others. But for sure there are some leaders that really are born for that job!
Watch out our presentation (B1) in order to learn the main elements of leadership.
Ps: I uploaded the article which i got influenced85148255.pdf, if you want to know more about it. Thanks Osama Qassim for article.
Effective Leadership/ Good Leadership
Writing about web page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3K92uugO9o
Let’s try to guess that how many presidents, vice presidents, deputies are existed in the world, more than 1 million or maybe more than 10 million; however, how many of them are effective leaders? Probably less than 10.000 people out of 7 billion people! How many of them are good leader? Probably less than 1000 people
Today, I want to talk about the difference between effective leadership and good leadership. Although both of them seem similar to each other, the difference is morality. The effective leadership may not care about morality. Have you watched the Wolf of Wall Street? (If you haven’t watched it yet, do it as soon as possible) The movie is about the life of Jordan Belfort who is an impressible effective leader; however, he was convicted of fraud crimes related to stock manipulation and penny stock boiler room. So basically every effective leader is not a good leader. In the movie he seems as a very influential leader, reinvented the business culture.
The effective leadership is more about how effective the leader when influencing his/her followers and motivating them. According to me, it is not so easy to run into with either a good or an effective leader in the meantime, because there are not plenty of them. Good leadership is something slightly different than effective leadership in terms of morality issues as I mentioned. Good leaders are generally well-known by almost everybody, such as Gandhi, or Martin Luther King. In this module we aim to be good business leaders that have respect to business ethics, pay attention to morality.
Up to today, I haven’t had a chance to work with or study with a great leader, but I believe that one of the most effective leaders in the world is my homeland’s prime minister who is Recep Tayyip Erdogan.