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By Definition, leadership is the action of leading a group of people or an organization,
the office or position of a leader, capacity to lead, or the act or an instance of leading.
Leadership is about motivating a group of people to use teamwork and accomplish a
common goal. Leadership captures the essentials of being able and prepared to inspire
others. Successful leadership is built upon philosophies both innovative and plagiarized
that are successfully interconnected to others in a way that involves them sufficient to act
as the leader wants them to act. A leader inspires others to act while simultaneously
directing the way that they act. They must be personable enough for others to follow their
orders, and they must have the critical thinking skills to know the best way to use the
resources at an organization's disposal. The terms leadership and management tend to be
used interchangeably, but they're not the same. Leadership requires traits that extend
beyond management duties. Both leaders and managers have to manage the resources at
their disposal, but true leadership requires more. I would define leadership as the ability
to lead a person or group of persons in a variety of environments such as the workplace
and personal life. To the extent that leadership is an art, a method to improve leadership
can be to study other leaders and how they handle situations so that one can adapt their
style and gain new insight and skills. After taking the self-assessment, I believe I have
what it takes to be a leader because I show competence and the ability to communicate
and understand others well. However, my level of focus can improve. I do believe that
people need growth and development to be more inclusive leaders because an inclusive
leader must have a good understanding of diversity and communications among people. I
would mentor an aspiring leader to learn to communicate with people. I feel that
communication is key to unlocking a whole subsection of leadership development. When
one knows how to talk and listen to others, people can have better understandings of each
other. The result is the trainee is viewed as more credible and competent. In my personal
experience leadership is the ability to lead an individual or individuals in a positive way
they promotes some type of growth. Rather its in work life or personal life, just having
the ability to help grow a person. I do look at leadership as an art because you have to be
a person that can play many roles and also a person that can separate your work from
your personal life. That task alone is easier said than done.After taking my self-
assessment the results were pretty much what I expected which was that I present the
qualities of being a leader. I agree with the assessment 100% mostly in the teamwork and
communication fields. Im defiantly the type of person that if I'm working on the team I
care more about our outcome of the task as a group rather than just my part of the work.
Im not the type of person who would boast about what I did. It's a "us" thing because
we're a team. I do believe that people need growth and development to become good
leader. No one person was born perfect or with all the right answers. As a leader if you
can acknowledge the areas you need growth in and then take the time out to educate
yourself on those topics. That alone shows that you have the potential to be a great
leader. I define leadership as a skill that benefits not only the person that possesses this
skill but also benefits those that are surrounded by this individual. Leadership is a skill
that allows an individual to lead, guide and influence others to learn and grow. I believe
it takes a selfless person to be a great leader, they do not just think of themselves, they
sincerely want the best for their subordinates and like to see them succeed.In completing
my self-assessment, the results reveal that I have what it takes to lead in the workplace,
and I have to say that I agree. I have been lucky to work with and be mentored by great
leaders. They guided me through the beginning of my career and I would like to do the
same for others. I want to help my work team reach their short and long-term
employment goals. I can be a resource for them and assist them to get the training and
experience they need to be successful in their careers. If employees are happy in their
careers, we all benefit including the organization we work for.I think people need growth
and development to become inclusive leaders, without a broad knowledge people tend to
be closed-minded and siloed in their thoughts. I would coach others to have an open mind
to diversity, working alongside people with different backgrounds can teach us a different
way of accomplishing our goals. A leader is someone who has the ability to inspire other
individuals or groups while at the same time directing them to do what needs to be done
to accomplish the goals. Improving ones art of leadership can be done in multiple
different ways. The first thing that comes to mind is ensuring you have a positive attitude.
If you lead with a positive attitude, then the people you are leading will be positive when
working on their tasks. Based on the results of the self-assessment, I do believe I have
what it takes to be a leader. I have had much experience leading both in my current
career and within my own business. When leading a team, it is important that you are
open minded and listen to all points of view. You must be willing to jump in the trenches
and show your subordinates that you are willing and able to work right alongside them.
Growth and development are a constant part of everything we do in life and leadership is
no different. As the world changes and grows we have to learn to adapt how we lead.
Diversity within a team, makes a stronger team. I feel that a big part of leadership is
coaching and teaching people how to become a leader so they also can meet their
personal goals. When I think of the word leadership, I think of someone who's resilient,
someone who looks after the welfare of others, someone who isn't ashamed to go after
what they want, and someone who's a teacher. Some methods that come to mind for
improving one's are of leadership would be to take management and leadership classes
periodically to brush up on leadership skills, and to use every day as an opportunity of
improvement. I believe I have what it takes to lead in the workplace because I have a
heart for people . I enjoy helping others , but in the same instincts I can discern when
discipline is needed. I also enjoy finding ways of improvement not only for myself but
for those who work around me. People need growth and development to become more
inclusive leaders. This is needed because the world we live in today is constantly
changing you have to purposely seek others' perspectives, and this promotes change. I
could coach or mentor aspiring leaders to better appreciate diversity and inclusion by
incorporating outside resource groups to demonstrate how this can be done based on the
programs they provide. I would also host classes once a month to help everyone see and
feel that everyone plays a part, and everyone is important. Leadership to me is the ability
to guide/lead an individual(s) to achieve results both in a personal level or a work
environment. Through that, you not only do some sort of mentoring, but establish
accountability along the way which will help shape a better productive person. Being able
to communicate efficiently and clearly comes to mind when considering a method for
leadership improvement. Tackling hard conversations are part of growth both for the
leader and subordinate so making sure you communicate everything with a goal in mind
is also helpful. Regardless how the conversations go, you have to also be able to listen to
the other party as that will gain trust from them to which in return helps you be able to
advance in your mentoring or coaching.At our work, we have frequent Professional
Development days throughout the month, at least one if not more, where we focus on
how to be more leaders in our everyday interactions with our peers along with being
more inclusive with diversity. During these days, we even have scenarios and role plays
to help capture possible interactions. They can be corny at times, but do eventually
showcase some great ideas on improvement. I tend to listen and just take away what I see
fit to my persona and apply adequately. I would define leadership as someone who
influences or guide others whether it is a group of people, a team, or a company. When I
think of leadership, I think of someone who has a good, positive impact on someone or a
team. I think of someone that you could look up to. A method that comes to mind for
improving one's "art of leadership" is to lead by example. If you are the leader, you want
others to follow you so it is best that you do the right thing so that they will follow. My
results show that I have moderate leadership skills which I agree. I believe I have what it
takes to be a leader, but I am not sure if I would want that much pressure or
responsibility depending on what I am leading or who I am leading. I do believe that
people need growth and development to become more inclusive leaders because it can
make them more successful. I could coach or mentor aspiring leaders to better appreciate
diversity and inclusion by leading by example. If I am showing that diversity is important
and making sure everyone is included while being a leader, then someone who is aspiring
to be a leader could follow in my footsteps. I would define leadership as setting a
precedent or a positive role for others, including yourself. Leadership should motivate
others to better their performance and apply themselves where they are positively
contributing to a team (i.e., work team, family team, or athletic team). However, our
textbook defines leadership as a complex phenomenon involving a leader, a follower, and
a situation which influences others in achieving a common goal.
In my opinion, there is an art to leadership, and there are a select few that take on this
role with pride and honour. If you want to be a leader, or want to improve on your
leadership skillsI would recommend conducting the following:
Communication is key! You must learn how to bean authority figure without
commanding respect. If you can positively communicate with your team members,
you will earn respect, and a support system for your decision-making.
Be consistent and timely! If you are researching a problem in your team, it is very
important to treat each situation consistently and act accordingly. The best method
is to be proactive and not reactive to a situation.
In my self-assessment, my total score was 93/100, suggesting that I have good leadership
skills. My personal stability was 9/10, showing that I can keep others on track and
focused on goals that we are pursuing together. My productive was 14/15, proving that I
am dependable and effective, using our time and resources well. My self-management was
a 15/15, suggesting that I can manage my emotions and hold myself accountable. For
boundary setting, my score was 10/10 which shows that I can establish boundaries to
avoid burnout. My communication was a 13/15, which tells me that I could do a little bit
better to get in that 95% range! My work quality was 8/10, showing that I can get
distracted by others, but not so I won’t complete work. And finally, my teamwork score
was 24/25, showing that we are modeling how to be successful as a group, not just an
individual. Based on my scores, I am confident that I have what it takes to lead a
workplace.I believe that everyone could always use growth and development to become a
more inclusive leader. In my current organization, I regulate annual trainings, and some
quarterly onesthis ensures that everyone is continuing to perfect their skills as leaders.
Everyone should consistently be trying to specialize in their skills and become better
motivators/influencers.As an HR Director, I try to mentor my HR team daily to appreciate
diversity and inclusion company wide. It is very important that we celebrate all cultures
and can relate to one another on some sort of level. We mandate sensitivity trainings,
cultural trainings, webinars, and attend one seminar a year on communication.
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