Writing about web page Leadership and Excellence
It was very surprising to note one very important aspect of leadership. Each groups performance varied with the different styles of leadership. This means each and every leadership style plus the leader’s actions determine how well a team will perform. The exercise given to us today was that each team leader was given a specific role to play. There were a total of four roles, charismatic, lazy, autocratic and democratic. I was one of the team leaders who had to choose one style. I wanted to try and act as the lazy leader just to see what happens. Luckily, I was given the lazy role to play. During the activity, I did not give any input into the task. All I did was brief the group and then I left them on their own. When they asked me what I thought about their design of the tower they had to build, I replied by saying its up to you all, you are free to choose any design. They realized that I would not be their guide through the process of making the tower, thus they did not ask me for my opinion again. It was nice to see how dedicated my team was. They were working very hard, however they lacked one important thing; direction. They did not wait to choose whether to make a creative tower or a tall one, they rushed into making the tallest one. They started to make holes on one side of the cup, which later had to be destroyed, as their first design did not work. Then they finally decided to put one cup on top of the other and constructed the tower, which was reasonably tall.
The most important lesson that I learnt from this activity was that the leader is responsible for giving the team direction, keeping the team motivated and determined. The leaders behavior and attitude shapes the behavior and attitude of the team members. Every leadership style can play a role in influencing the performance of the team. But, this does not mean that a lazy leaders team will be the worst to perform. It could be that every member in the team is responsible enough to perform which is why leader faded away. The team could still perform the best without an active team leader. This means that every situation is different and every team leader must adapt to the different situations and change his style of leadership depending on his team members. If the team members do not like a lot of interference, then the leader must refrain from doing so, as too much interference may lead to poor performance.