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March 17, 2013

Emerging Leaders, Are they the same?

Some authors define leadership as occurs within a situation “emerge leaders”. It is kind of a contingency approach which makes the leader to focus on their followers; mainly focuses on two leadership dimensions. Well looking from this concept it can be obvious that emerge leaders can be related to task issues or behavioral issues. Wars, disasters, corruptions, injustice, work stress… etc all of these leads to emerge leaders, but are they similar leaders?!! NO NOT THE SAME, that when employees feel stress emerge leader won’t be that one want to tells them and dictates the roles and responsibilities of the employees and force them to achieve their target. However, he might be that guy came and assists in the task process and asks employees to participate in the decision making and gives them the sense of involvement. Contrary, wars and disasters emerge leader might be that dictates one who guide and delegate authorities and tells everyone what to do, because they might be lost and needs someone to push and support with clear vision. Therefore, yes they might be an emerge leader in specific situations, however, this approach can’t be a theory itself since even these leaders won’t be the same and should ne adapting other leadership approaches. My reflection is that I totally believe that situational theory from what I read is just a way to prioritizing people behaviors in different situations and not an approach by itself. In other words, Situational leadership model just tells you that your personalities won’t put you in a leadership state in all situations, however, there might come a situation in which your personalities are the best to emerge as a leader. That will clearly gives you an idea why some times in real work place you feel that important and people listening to what you said and then turning to one of your colleagues and it could be a continuous fluctuating in a non- Routine working processes.


March 09, 2013

The most influential personality in the entire mankind

While reading about leadership theories and effective leaders, I came through a book named “The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History” (1978) by Michael H. Hart. The author put the prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) on the top of the rank, as the book mentioned “the most influential personality in the entire human history”. Talking from leadership view, why?! So what was his style in leading his followers, why are there still millions of people who follow him?! Was he only affecting the emotional side with no professional leadership skills? To answer all of these questions I read more to find out what was the leadership style Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) and understand why it was so effective. I found out that in a passage in the Quran, Allah enjoined and guide his prophet about leadership as the following:

“So by the Grace of Allah, [O Muhammad], you were soft and gentle with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and seek protection for them andconsult themin the matter. And whenyou have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him].” [Al-Quran 3:159]

It was basically explaining the “Consultative Leadership Style” + more about behaviours towards the followers as well. The type of “Consultative Leadership” was to consult the followers concerning public matters and therefore the judgment is to be taken by the Prophet (s.a.w.) himself in the final stage. Also traits mentioned were the following:

(1) Being soft and gentle with them

(2) Never to be impolite and rude

(3) Emotional side has to be involved

(4) Neglect minor faults and forgive,

(5) Look after their protection and security.

It wassohisconsultativesort ofleadershipalongsidesomewonderfultraits that he becamethe foremost powerfulhuman everwithin thehistory ofhumanity.

What I learnt from this??, Although this kind of information are more than 1400 years old, but from my point of view it is for sure valid for today’s leadership. It helps in both urgent and trivial situations that the leader still has the authority to control the speech with getting suggestions from people. Also ideas generated from consulting the others lead to more innovative and creative decisions. Building the self confident in followers is very easy using this style that they feel their importance and involvement in situations. It helps in getting closer to followers in a family phase considering their emotions and turns a blind eye in minor silly problems. All these pros makes me really considering prioritizing this kind of leadership in all of my situations in future since I believe that it is the most robust one to use.


March 06, 2013

Leadership theories: Behavioral Theory

Going back to one of my previous blogs about leadership nature-nurture debate, I came through new thoughts about this topic while reading throughout Behavioural theory which predicts that leaders are being made and not born. It does not think about the natural personality of an individual but this theory looks after the activities of the leader. The success of a leader does not depend on the characteristics of an individual alone, but in how he/she behave in solving issues. In contrast, the traits and characteristics seem to look good at a theoretical part but much more difficult to apply it. The trait theory looks after the people who possess leadership qualities and those who do not. It does not consider about the education and experience of the person. So from my understanding of both theories I think I can use the combination of both of them. To combine both thought as stated in Trait theory blog, understanding the trait theory is great in a way to assess yourself, but adding the part of Behavioural theory is quite easy to develop as it assesses the success of a leader by follow up their activities. Yet I have not finished my search through the theories to find which is the best to use, but gathering all the knowledge maybe to come up with my own style that fits me.


January 28, 2013

Lifeboat Leader

Today we had an exercise called lifeboat leader. It was basically to discuss and choose in teams a leader and a deputy from the six lifeboat passengers. I thought that it is very easy to select two out of them since we had papers describing each of the passengers skills and career background, however, when came to team discussion it was kind of a nightmare. We were only 5 people and non of us had the same choice or thoughts as the others so we keep discussing our points until we reached the highest vote wins. Doing such a simple exercise showed us not only how difficult is choosing a leader, but that individuals has different expectations of leaders and they look at their leaders from different perspectives. Knowing such a valuable knowledge gives us, assuming and wishing to be leaders in future or to behave as a good follower, two things: 1) As a leader, bear in mind that followers look at you differently and your reactions toward them should be varied regarding their expectations. Leaders should be carful with their decision and should know and understand their followers needs to help in taking the right decisions. The power you have as a leader in not enough to succeed. 2) Followers as well has a role on succeeding their Leader. Although, some people think that leaders has the power over the followers, however, a good followers seems to result in good leaders. Followers role is to support and help the leader in selecting the right path and actions since it brings the benefits to the whole company, team or maybe a nation. I think it was a great exercise, very simple but clarifies many things and open the eyes on how deep and rich Leadership subject is. Really good start for the module.

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