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March 22, 2015

Leadership theories

So i guess we have all been looking at lots of theories and styles reading alot of papers too. there is a great deal of work out there, many editions and many years of work. i came across a couple of pieces of work where researchers have refined from their previous work and found new things or proved their previous assumptions wrong and this just made me think, these individuals must have been in this field for tens of years, we are just in the start of our leadership experiences. yes we are writing a pma but these individuals have written countless papers yet still find new ideas and things they havent found before.

Ofcourse this natural progression and development of human experiences but it made me think that concepts like leadership or decision making, or even excellence never really be understood fully, we will constantly change what we think according to what we perceive of the situations around us, we may manipulate decisions or the ideals of quality andexcellence according to what we have experienced and what the current situation requires.

So when looking at leadership styles, yes i may have a style now, which by no means can be put in a box and labelled, because it isn't situational, nor is it transformational or strategic infact what if a person doesn't have specific style, they just develop their perceptions over the years and its so much more than just a way you practise your management or leadership, your experiences have a huge impact on how you practice it. two different people can perceive transformational leadership in two completely different ways and adopt it in different ways and so it comes across very differently. not to mention how the individuals will react, everyone needs something different from their leaders according to many different factors such as personal connections with leader, expectations, situations or ambitions. So although i am writing this pma and putting things into boxes and labels i really do think that the system off putting styles of dealing with your followers into boxes is really inaccurate.

relevancy and adaptibility

I have been researching how to choose the most relevant leadership styles for an organisation and reading through several articles online. Its an interesting idea looking at relevancy, not just in leadership styles but in general, obviously in this context we have a company in the state of transformation and change so certain characteristics are needed. But i find myself wondering what type of leadership you would adapt in just a normal period where there isnt any type of change happening or transformation.

is there even a need to change your leadership style or adapt to anything, or do you just keep things the way they are? This idea lead me back to the concept of being aware of the temperature of the room, judging how others are feeling, do your followers need you t adapt a different style right now?? Its similar to a period of change, since the main reason you need to adapt your leadership style in that period is due to the followers and how they need a different support system at that point.

So for myself i was thinking about how i may be going into management position in my family business, and how everything else in the organization will remain the same, it would just be that the employees may see a new side of me. So how do you behave when your going into an existing community, that has its one values and views of you already. How do you lead people who have seen you grow up, do they even need a new style of leadership? and how do i make my style and techniques relevant to them. Its just interesting for me to start thinking about these things at the moment.

there are so many links i can see so many dots to connect in this whole course, for example how important is it for a leader to have sharper decision making abilities in a time of change or crises, and how important is it for this leader to have a well thought out, discussed and mutually agreed decision on an average project. We will have to think about connecting these dots when we get to the work place, i can already see that we may subconsciously already be doing this in life, and i am very excited to see all the other links we find.

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