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Jun 10 2020
STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP PLAN 8
Strategic Leadership Plan
The concept of leadership has been defined and redefined by various scholars across disciplines. It is important to study and examine the meaning attributed in the realm of existing literature. Some of these definitions are as follows:
“Leadership is the art of influencing others to their maximum performance to accomplish any task, objective or project” (Cohen, 1990, p. 9).
“Leadership is the art of mobilizing others to want to struggle for shared aspirations” (Kouzes & Posner, 1995, p.30).
“Leadership is not necessarily linked to authority. It is about mobilising people to tackle the toughest problems and to do their best work” (Gordon. nd).
Essential Characteristics of a Good Leade
To work with people from different backgrounds in this fast-changing world would mean that the responsibility of a leader should be earned day in and day out. Possessing certain characteristic to be a good leader is crucial as it responsibility entails the leader to be a navigator, communicator, mentor, learner, builder and motivator (Kashfi, 2007). These includes a high standard of personal ethics, high energy, the ability to work priorities, courage, committed and dedicated hard working, goal oriented, inspired enthusiasm, level-headed or stay cool under pressure, and have a desire to help others (Cox, 1996). A leader should also be emotionally intelligent, which is vital and has been considered more essential than the intelligent quotient (Gordon, nd.). Having mentioned that, cognitive ability is also an expected trait in a leader (Mothilal, 2010). Self confidence in a leader is important so as to have a strong integrity of himself or herself while also building others’ self-esteem (Vojta. nd.). As Peter Drucker stated, “management is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things” (cited in Vojta. nd.). In order to do the “right” thing, interaction with others is must. To be able to motivate others and direct while listening, strategizing, and directing effectively. Qualities such as humility, perseverance, courage, accountability, integrity, creativity, and maintaining well-being is essential (Kashfi, 2007). In addition, a leader should be an effective communicator, passionate and trustworthy (Ricke, nd.). Respect for another, disciplined, sincere, give due credit have also been added by Horton (nd.). A good leader will not only produce great teams and
ing success to the work undertaken but also produce great leaders.
Analysis of Leadership Strengths and Weaknesses
Every leader, just as the subordinates have certain appealing characteristics as well as those that needs improvement. However, as a leader, the team members most look up to and rely on me in comparison to themselves amongst the members. There is a lot of responsibility and liability to shoulder. Personally I have realised and know my own strengths and skills that I possess as a leader. To name three, these would include passion which has been mentioned by Ricke (nd.); I am clearly goal-oriented and passionate about reaching the goal as I take into account the possible end from the beginning. I am enthusiastic and earnest to acquire good results and I say that I possess this because there have been instances when the work tend to stray from the goal, particularly when emotions of my subordinates and my clients are involved. However, I am able to direct my work and the work delegated to my subordinates keeping in mind the end game. However, always focusing on the goal is not very effective in building a good team. Therefore, the second strength of mine relatable to the first is emotional effectiveness which is...