The significance of Leadership
Leadership plays an important role in Organisation. If I see my current industry to work in as a business analyst or operational manager transformational leadership is the most feasible style. As an operation manager I have to work in a team always and be prepare to handle any situation. People need to be motivated from time to time as it a very busy job. Transformational leader always think that he can be good leader if only practises what he speaks. They are risk takers, believes on innovation, creative. The foundation of transformational leadership is the promotion of consistent vision, mission, and a set of values to the members. They continuously motivate and set a direction for the team. “Transformational leadership is a style through which a leader who conjures up awareness and interest in the group, boost the confidence level of individuals or groups and struggle to get concentration of subordinates towards achievement and growth” (Bass and Avolio, 1994).
“There is a relation exist between leadership styles and decision making styles and argue that transformational leaders use more comprehensive style (high number of alternatives used, large amount of information and high coordination of different resources of input) of decision making” (Kedia and Nordtvedt, 2002).
The leadership model can be well understood by Bolman and deal four-frame model.Bolman and Deal (1984, 1991) have developed four perspective, or frames for understanding organization and leadership: Structural, Human resource, political Symbolic. As researched for a manager it is difficult to follow all the four frames. Some uses two and some uses three. It is rare to use all the four frames. It depends on the team you lead or team you manage. If you are dealing with a team from political background you are more focused towards political frame. This research suggests that leaders are more towards political and symbolic frames. They tell that it is difficult to differentiate between manager and leader so the use of this perspective varies. This is research help me to understand that to be successful transformational leader I have to focus on structural and symbolic frames which relates to motivation to the employee and prioritizing the responsibilities to the employees.
Ratan Tata Chairman of Tata group has inspired me to be effective leader, manager and team player. He is very private person but while working and making his teamwork he is democratic as well as transformational leader. He is dynamic and always makes his employee work and keeps motivating them. He is full of ideas and makes his team to work on that idea, which has lead to rise of TATA organization. His idea and enthusiasm brought people`s car (Tata Nano), which changed car market in India. He also believes in ethics and principles to be followed while working. He made me understand the importance of leadership and how to be a good transformational leader.
I have been leader for a team for marketing purpose in my graduation college. At that I did not know anything about the leadership style. I was a leader was given some task to fulfill. I was only concern about how the task will finish. After coming to Coventry university I got chance to lead people with different background, attitude and opinions. This was my first experience to lead such group of people. This experience has led me to understand my weakness and strengths. It has taught me how to lead a team with proper ground rules. It made me understand that leaders play important role in an organization, how leader is responsible for proper functioning of the team, what are the roles leader has to adopt to be a good leader. This activity made me clear about the leadership behaviors and help me to understand that I am a good transformational leader.
From the activity in which I acted as leader helped me to understand my strengths and weakness. From the peers review I came to know that I am calm, a good listener and a good team player. I have good problem solving technique and analytical thinking. They also me helped me to understand the areas where I lack. I have to develop my communication and presentation skills more. I must motivate and encourage others to their task. I must have proper planning to complete the task in time. This review from my colleague will help me in my future work.
I have started working on my weakness and to strengthen them. As an operation manager I have to be time manageable person and also a good motivator. This review has helped me and gave me chance to over come this weaknesses. Some different activities among seminars have helped me to overcome this weakness. The case study J.C Penney has helped me understand further the importance of leader and mainly how to bring changes as a transformational leader in the team and then in the organization.
As to be leader or future manager the review has helped me to understand better about me as a leader or manager. I understood about how to be good transformational leader and manager. This research has helped to me understand better what is leadership and what are the benefits of being a transformational leader. This study and activities will help me to be to be a good leader in the future.
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