A Digital Storyboard of Your Leadership Journey

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LEADERSHIP

Assignment 3: Leadership Journey

Langqing, Miao (Clinton)

Royal Roads University

IHMN 354

Milton Almeida

Mar 28, 2020

Leadership Journey

People can’t be a real leader if they don’t have vision. Vision provides leaders a clear pathway to future by telling them what matter the most. In the meantime, vision is the key indicator for leaders to be success and I want to be a successful leader, too. So, within this paper, I’m going to talk about how I can become a great leader by focusing on my vision statement, two leadership goals toward my vision which are from two aspects, team and personal development. Then, followed by two specific actions to achieve each goal. Lastly, a conclusion at the end of this paper.

Firstly, my vision is to be a facilitative leader. This type of leader is focusing on “monitoring group dynamics, as well as offering process suggestions and interventions to help the group stay on track” (Raze, 2017). A facilitative leader is playing a mentor role within the team and focus on “people-centered” (Smith, 2003) work environment. That required leaders be able to distribute tasks based on individual’s strength and deal with conflicts between members who share differ personalities. Therefore, becoming a facilitative leader is not a easy job since a lot of skills and appropriate knowledge are all involved there. So, I have enacted two leadership goals to let my dream come true.

My first goal is, I can guide my team members to do the right things with the right methods. Right thing means team members are doing the tasks which match their strength, right methods means my people can apply the most effective way to complete their tasks with my suggestions. I have two actions toward this goal. Firstly, I took too much responsibility in team, so my members were only doing easy jobs with zero benefit to their personal development. In the future, I will assign my members more important tasks such as time tracking and grammar checking based on their strength to ensure they can be benefited from job at hand as practice. Secondly, when my members are facing challenges, rather than do the most difficult jobs for them, I will share my experience as tips to support my members to find their own methods to solve the problems. In the meantime, I will get to know my members better by showing my care to their personal life. After that, my suggestions will be much helpful and effective to them since I know their personalities and strength. Thus, by performing these two actions, my members will be benefited from this team development strategy.

My second leadership goal is to do a better job on time management, because it affects the “leaders’ ability to manage effectively in their field of expertise and responsibility” (Danko, 2010). Good timing is an essential trait for facilitative leader in the high-performance team since you need to complete your own tasks and support your members at the same time. It is a big pressure on time. So, my first action plan is to draw a timeline and label all the processing tasks and upcoming tasks with different color to distinguish their priority in future team works. In the meantime, any decision on due day or check point will be fully discussed with my members and take their concerns into account. Then, team works will be hewed to the timeline and supervised by all members. My second action is to learn the time management skill from other leaders such as Christian and Haley in our class. I want to learn how they organize tasks and being so methodical even there are changes. Through the learning process, I believe we all can be benefited by exchanging ideas and experience.

In conclusion, being a facilitative leader means you are the mentor to your people. After I achieved these goals, I will have new goals and actions to bring my leadership into a new stage. There is a life-time learning happened there and I believe with both team and personal developments, more practice and inspiration from people around me, I will be a facilitative leader in the foreseeable future.

Reference

Danko, M, P. (2010). A phenomenological study of time management. United States , Phoenix. University of Phoenix. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/openview/b75d9418f3bf560bebad7110270f78d3/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=18750&diss=y

Raza, A. (2017). 12 Different types of leadership styles. WiseToast. Retrieved from https://wisetoast.com/types-of-leadership-styles/

Smith, A. (2003). Facilitative leadership. The University of British Columbia. Retrieved from https://www.grad.ubc.ca/current-students/professional-development/facilitative-leadership