As my days in here in university come to an end soon, I found myself thinking a lot about how I would fit into the working environment. Being an introvert I worried that I lacked the skills to fit into an organizational environment let alone be a person in a managerial position. But after this week’s readings and a Ted talk video that was shown in my Management 304 lecture I feel more confident in myself, although I do not fit the mold of what is usually the stereotypical manager does not mean that I am would not be a good one.
The Ted talk that I watched this week talked about how society has glorified the extrovert, the extrovert is the ideal person for leadership roles in society. But the fact is that introvert leaders often delivery better outcomes. So looking at the Katz (2000) reading it really hit me when I read that the more useful question to ask was “what observable skills does an effective executive demonstrate?” being an effective executive is not about what personality type you are but what you can deliver in that position. This is simply what previous readings have mentioned about espoused-self compared with what people actually are like. I recently experienced this with a friend who appears to everyone to be a very capable out there person, she fit the mold perfectly of what is usually perceived as an outstanding leader, but when it came down to it she failed terribly to deliver good outcomes. The importance of an administrator to have the 3 basic skills, technical skill, human skill, and conceptual skill in the right balance to suit the particular circumstances is so true.
I think that too often I limit myself because of what I myself and society perceive to be a person with leadership qualities. I too have the skills required to me an effective administrator and I know that when put in a positon I can deliver. For now as university finishes up soon I want to gain experience in a variety of jobs, Davies & Easterby-Smith, (1984) talk about developing in difficult situations so this would require me to put myself out of my comfort zone.
Cain, S., (2012/03/02) The Power of Introverts, Retreived from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0KYU2j0TM4
Davies, J., & Easterby-Smith, M. (1984). Learning and developing from managerial work experiences. Journal of Management Studies, 21(2), 169--182.doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.1984.tb00230.x
Katz, R. L. (1955). Skills of an effective administrator. Harvard Business Review, 33(1), 33--42.