February 08, 2012

Delegation: How much is too much?

When it comes to delegation, it is important that the leader finds a balance in order to keep everyone happy. After assessing the team members' skills, the leader needs to focus on allocation of tasks. This needs to be done carefully though.

Too much delegation to some people might lead to them feeling alienated from the final decision making process.

Too little delegation might lead to a disorganized approach, lack of time management and general chaos.

In the Hotel exercise, I believe that our team, whether by intention or not, managed to strike a good balance so as to keep everyone involved as well as ensuring that each task was handled by a part of the team and not the whole.

Finding the right balance isn't easy but a good leader will find a way to make it happen.


January 31, 2012

Leadership: The Lifeboat Exercise

Discussing the many different expectations that people have from a leader, it's clear that there isn't one clear definition that everyone can agree on. People expect leaders to be assertive, domineering, yet caring, sympathetic and understanding. People need motivation and guidance to tell them where to go and how to get there. A leader needs to make sure his ideas and directions are properly conveyed and are understood by his followers. The lifeboat exercise was very effective as it showed that everyone had their own criteria for a leader which needed to be fulfilled.

In the exercise itself, I felt that it was essential that the leader and deputy needed to have complimentary skills. In a precarious situation like a sinking ship, it is important to have a decisive and calm thinker who can make an informed decision based on experience. However, the emotional needs of the rest of the people on the ship cannot be ignored. Also, it was important to remember that, regardless of who was appointed leader and deputy, everyone would still be on the boat. While certain people may have valuable skills that doesn't necessarily qualify them to become leaders. This is why my team felt that having Roger and Lyn as leader and deputy respectively would give the rest of the team a better chance of survival. Roger's vast naval experience and Lyn's assertive nature coupled with her ability to provide emotional support would improve the passengers' chances of being rescued.


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