March 27, 2016

Leadership & Excellence PMA

A learning outcome for this PMA was the fact that there is no single definition of leadership. Hours of trauling through books, journals and watching various videos have resulted in the conclusion that leadership is defined by the situation. Its this thought process that will be highly useful for life. Personally, when going into situations where leadership is critical, I will ask myself what is the situation? what is the enviroment, what needs to be done and based on this, what form of leadership should be done.

There are many different approaches that can be combined to have an overall style that is adaptable to any given situation. It is the adaptability that will prove most valuable. A really critical point that has come out of this PMA, was that leadership is not just about leading in an organisation. Every style or styles can be used in any situation both in working life and personal life. The approaches researched during the PMA showed that the ability to relate to people, their individual differences, their motivation and how to create a collective rather than a group of individuals are all key in the on-going development for a true leader to be effective.

Some focus areas that I need to ensure that I focus on moving foreward with continious feedback from others include :

  • 'Boss Complex' - Leadership involves trusting others. I feel that I need to trust peoples ability more, they share the same desires to succeed. It has always been difficult to do this, mainly because I feel uncomfortable leaving my own destiny in others. However, although it may be difficult at first, over time I can becoe comfortable with leaving it to others. The end goal is to eventually become an observer, operate in a servant-leader orientation.
  • Listening - The research from the PMA showed that a leader cannot appreciate the position of followers without appreciating their current position. Many new ideas often come from the quiestest in a group, how can a leader truely harness this if a leader is operating in autocratic fashion? Therefore I know for certain that moving ahead, I will endevour to listen more.
  • 360 Feedback - The PMA raised the fact that within leadership there is the skills theory. An approach which involves continious learning on becoming a more effective leader. This involves learning and learning should be continious. Feedback is essential for development so moving foreward, in any situation that I am to use leadership, I will ensure that I recieve feedback from all those involved in order to better myself.

The three points above are just some of the areas in which I will improve, no doubt that many more areas will come into play in the coming months and years. It is my responsibility to improve, I will use the learning from the PMA to become more effective.

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