Vision of leadership
A distinct characteristic of leadership is a vision. Vision determines the direction or cause of action that the entire team will follow. It is an ambitious view of the organization that everyone can believe and is realistic to achieve. When a leader establishes a vision for his/her people; daily decisions and actions in the organization respond to problem and challenges facing the company in a manner that drives the it to the future. In my readiness/preparation to be a future leader in the corporate world, I believe transformative leadership is the way to go. Employees or followers are motivated or impacted by an individual whose character and actions inspire them to engage in activities that lead to a change in the organization as well as the society. In contrast to transformational leadership, transaction is based on interest and bargains achieved by the parties. This means the organization will be faced with a series of boycotts and industrial strikes if their interest, demands or desires are not attained (Uni-President Enterprises Corporation, 2015).
Mahatma Gandhi inspires me to be a future leader since his actions created an impression amongst the Indians as well as the world. First, Gandhi’s resilience in achieving freedom for Indians in south Africa as well as India proved to be remarkable. Despite the constant repressive laws impose by the British emperors in South Africa and India, he was able to see the rights of the Indians protected. Moreover, Gandhi inspired his followers as his actions reflected his true personality. Though he was a respectable and wealthy person, he chose to ride in the third-class carriage. Besides, he took every challenge that faced in a positive manner which to success. For example, when imprisoned in South Africa as well as India, he took the opportunity to read books and reflect on his life a chance that he did not have as a free man (Rowold and Borgmann, 2013).
As a future leader, I am eying for transformative leadership style in managing corporate affairs. This is because it is highly effective in achieving the desired goals and objectives. Transformative leadership inspires a shared vision which is crucial in providing orientation and engaging the followers towards success (Barnett and Mccormick, 2012, p.653). I prefer such style because it has been proven to be of high impact and crucial in the development of an organization culture that is receptive to progress and change. For example; this style is amongst the favorite in the nursing profession whereby the matron’s unique leadership styles motivate other nurses to modify their behavior, values, and behaviors.
My vision of leadership
My preparedness when it comes to leadership stems from two areas; that is, education and passion. Currently, I believe the MBA is a crucial step in becoming a leader in the corporate world. The skill gained in the lectures and tutorials concerning effective leadership will allow me to modify, understand as well as practice key areas in becoming a leader. From the program, I have become acquainted with the importance of ethics in a leader. The need to promote ethical behavior such as honesty, integrity, and hard work can be transferred to employees through a leaders actions. Followers learn from the behavior and actions of a leader. Besides, they are likely to imitate them as they undertake their daily tasks. Hence, as a leader it is crucial to always positively impact the followers (Rowold and Borgmann, 2013).
The second element is passion. Good leaders are always passionate about what they do. I am passionate in each and every task I perform at work as well as at personal level. with passion, I go an extra mile in order to meet the needs of the clients at the workplace. Taking time to create a mutually beneficial relationship that lasts in the life of the organization. Besides, I also take an extra mile to assist or advise fellow team members. By taking interest in others and enabling them to develop their skills in areas that they are weak. I am also aware of my strengths such as good communication skills, effective in creating interpersonal relationships as well as the ability to plan and oversee an event to the final stages (Barnett and Mccormick, 2012, p.657).
Key areas that I need to develop in management and understanding the situational aspects of leadership. By the end of this module, I believe my skills in assessment and application of various situational leadership styles will be improved. Through matching a particular leadership style with an appropriate situation or circumstance I believe I will improve my ability to succeed in the various management situation. Having developed the skills in leadership I believe I will cover the areas that my fellow colleagues have advised me to improve. For example, while dealing with individuals older than me, I still believe transformative leadership is appropriate and area that is clearly dominated by transactional leadership.
Barnett, K., and Mccormick, J., 2012. Leadership and Team Dynamics in Senior Executive Leadership Teams. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 40(6), pp.653–671.
Rowold, J., and Borgmann, L., 2013. Are leadership constructs really independent? Leadership & Organization Development Journal Leadership & Org Development J, 34(1), pp.20– 43.
Uni-President Enterprises Corporation, 2015. Corporate Vision – A Food Symphony Enjoyed by All of Food, Retrieved from http://www.uni-president.com/01aboutus/aboutus03.asp