My Vision of Leadership
“LEAD AND INSPIRE PEOPLE. DON’T TRY TO MANAGE AND MANIPULATE PEOPLE. INVENTORIES CAN BE MANAGED BUT PEOPLE MUST BE LEAD.” – ROSS PEROT
This statement clearly concluded the real meaning of leadership as being a real successful and influential leader, they does not have to own multiple certificates or award to support their action; they do need to own the knowledge, ability and skill which enable them to inspire people where people would feel valued and fulfilled.
Personal Vision of Leadership
In my point of view, leader has to be confidence, worrisome and things might go beyond plan; hence, leader has to assure everyone is maintaining on the right track, focusing on the larger goal. When a leader stay confident and calm, employee would feel the same which direct everyone moving forward on achieving organization’s goal. Leader inspire team to forsee the vision of the successes which create enthusiasm of member helping in focusing on goals and issues. Leader is someone who holds positive attitude, keeping team motivated, ensuring high energy level and high spirit among members which in short they have the power to influenced people, turning them to a new leaf. Most important, leader appreciate on every single thing especially their employees as they work in a team not by individual.
My Inspiration: Sir Richard Branson
Figure 1: Richard Branson, the owner and CEO of the Virgin Group (Schawbel 2014)
Sir Richard Branson, founder and CEO of Virgin Group, he is one perfect example that demonstrate the essence of leadership through his thoughts and vision. Branson inspire people through his vision and successfully earn fortune from his diversify business (Schawbel 2014). Most impressive is that he respects and values his employees, once he said “The way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers”. He believes that when employees enjoy doing their task, they will perform well as they feel appreciated. Moreover, he listens to employee’s sound and embraces clear vision causes members feel captive towards Virgin Group (Schawbel 2014).
Feedback from Colleagues
Figure 2: Bill Gates Quote (Source: Google Image)
Quoting from Bill Gates saying people need feedback for improvement, undeniable the statement is a truth but it is not easy to accept feedbacks openly as human would avoid negative comments and listen to positive comments. I continue my MBA studies right after my degree, thus most feedback I’m receiving is to enhance my experience in terms of the latest news, written or communication skill. Besides, advice such as being more interactive during class and take the initiative to communicate with others. I truly appreciate feedback given by my colleagues as it helps me to realize my weaknesses throughout the semester. A leader has to be full equip with the latest news and knowledge to react upon occurrence of emergency circumstances, foremost important leader has to be confidence, able to communicate well with subordinates and initiate conversation perfectly to expand their relationship network. These weaknesses on me definitely need improvement to be more effective in leading.
Developing Leadership Skills and How?
Figure 3: Brian Tracy Quote(Source: Google Image)
No one is a born leader—everyone can develop leadership skills and everyone can benefit from using them. There are various skills to develop depending on the styles of leadership we wanted to be, in order to be the effective leader that I would like to follow, one of the main skill I would like to develop is the ability to inspire and motivate others. Leaders lead by action, to become a motivational leader, I have to be self-motivated first, committing self in putting full passion on doing a task striving toward excellence and it will indirectly inspire and motivate others to complete the task. Time management is important in every aspect in life cause when time is not well-organized, there will be wastage of extra times on doing things that we should not be doing. It becomes more critic when deadlines are not met, customers will have serious impact towards the leader itself and his companies. Thus, planning and organizing wisely is important to ensure time is well-managed.
In conclusion, throughout the five blogs I have did in this module of “Leading in the Changing World”, it widens my thought and perspectives towards leadership. There is no magic formula making a person instantly a great leader, in fact it is a timeless practice of guiding, inspiring and motivating others in pursuit goal, destination, or desired outcome. Anyhow, there are much more for me to learn as a leader as learning is never an ending process.
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