February 20, 2011

leadership challenge

In ¡°leadership challenge¡± exercise, the leader was the only one who had the opportunity to obtain all the information. It was a challenge for us to manage our tasks because if a leader failed in understanding and clarifying the problems or requirements clearly, it would turn out to be a very difficult work for the whole team. In this case, it is essential for leaders to have qualified makings in leadership. However, what I want to say is that in real life, things and conditions always appear much complex than the exercise was. For example, leaders could translate all the information they got in the materials whereas sometimes it is impossible to do so in actual work. Some information about a companies or the way it obtains required data are secret so that only leaders can have the access to read these information. Also, leaders are not allowed to transmit all they know to their followers. In our exercise, if leaders could learn the material properly and express themselves clearly, it was likely all of the followers could understand the issue well. Suppose that if leaders were only able to tell us part of the information, what situation might happen? Perhaps we would keep on asking our leader a question he knew the answer but couldn¡¯t explain it to us. Then what we will think about our leader? Ineffective or incompetent? I believe this should be another challenge in leadership, more difficult to handle. But it is leaders responsible to make sure everyone have the idea about their jobs. In contrast, it is better if followers could understand their leader and have the ability to contribute without understanding the whole issue.

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