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This week’s readings have taught me about what it takes to become a team leader and a team member. But from this week’s experiences, people in this course have taught me the qualities of what a leader should not have. The first issue arose when the students that nominated themselves to select the teams, ‘randomly’ put themselves into a group. Which resulted in their group having the highest shareholder value (SHV). Although they were meant to be fair and non-bias towards the selection of the teams, they abused their power and put themselves into a group to have the best start possible for their business. Even though the people that put themselves in a team to have a better start, I believe the lecturer controlled the situation really well. I believed that the lecturer handled the situation really well. I believe that the lecturer showed effective leadership skills and acted accordingly to the situation.

This week I was excited and nervous to work with my new team. There were many thoughts that ran through my mind. I initially thought that we would have many problems as we were a new team and we would have to work with others that I never met. But after meeting them and getting to know them more, I gained more confidence and now I am confident in my team to work well together and work effectively as a team. The CEO in our team showed great leadership skills. The other members in our team also pulled their weight as all of us did our bit and showed a lot of knowledge and depth in our appointed roles. In terms of the 5 levels of leadership, it had been difficult to see what level my CEO is on based from the first week of being in a team. (Collins, 2005). This is because our CEO hasn’t been able to make it for two of our meeting because of personal reason (which is fully understandable). But from what I know about her, I believe she will be a good leader for us and I guess only time will tell.

 

References:

Collins, J. C. (2005). Level 5 leadership: the triumph of humility and fierce resolve. Harvard Business Review, 83(7/8), 136--146

 

3 Comments

  1. Please make sure you correctly label your learning journal. I've now done it for you.

  2. Hi Francis, firstly I really enjoyed your interesting thoughts on what good leadership is (and what isn't!) Your first paragraph described the situation well but could have done with an example perhaps from Leadership run amok stating how the selectors let their desire to achieve overrule the ethics of fair play and good leadership. You also said the same thing twice in the last couple of sentences of the first paragraph but that is of course easily amended.

    I like how you transitioned from the first to second paragraphs linking poor leadership observed outside of your team, to a perspective of a team member within your own successful group. This gave your journal good continuity and flow. However your reference to Collins is somewhat brief and superficial, not really relating to how your CEO could use Collins work to improve himself. You could give an example from the reading of a level 5 leader and how this could help you or your CEO in the future. Overall a bit more depth and referencing and think this could be a top class journal!

  3. Very interesting reading journal Francis! Your points about leadership and leadership in your group were good and well thought out, I only wish you had gone in to more detail. This could be done by linking traits you saw or did not see with ones mentioned in the reading but I understand the difficulty when you don't have much time to get to know the person. You could also have used peters involvement with the high SHV group as another example of leadership to link with the readings, otherwise it is a great reading journal!