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The reading this week is interesting because it once again brings a classic debate topic onto the table. Was it a great leader made great followers, or it was the capable followers made great leaders? In my opinion leader and follower are all relevant factors in a successful team or group, and the readings this week further proved the fact that both capable leaders and follower are the essential part of an great team.   


In the first reading, the idea of a level 5 leader (Collins 2005) really did surprise me, the fact that a leader without an inspiring charisma is able to lead an organisation to success completely changed my point of view on leadership. It created a sense of hope that an introverted individual such as myself, can also be a successful leader. What interests me the most is the mirror and window characteristic of a level 5 leader, because it is essentially a great process of learning, never taking the credit of a collective success, never blame external factors. The vast amount of example introduced in the reading gave me a new benchmark of great leadership.


In the second reading, the idea of an effective follower (Kelley 1988) also gave me new insights to management and leadership.The reading suggests that sometimes effective followers and effective leaders sometimes are the same people, but playing different roles. This is interesting because it made me to think outside of the box, and considered more about the idea of “role”. Applying to my current Mike’s Bike team, as a CEO, with some luck i happen to have the highest Shareholder Value in my team, however instead of dictating the decisions made within the team, i think the best way to lead is to give your follower autonomy of their own decisions. This encouraged my fellow teammate to be more independent and allow critical thinking, which encourages and cultivates effective follower. I may not have all characteristics as a level 5 leader, but this is a good way to begin.






Reference:

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


Kelley, R. E. (1988). In praise of followers. Harvard Business Review, 66(6), 142--148

2 Comments

  1. You have showed great understanding of the readings in this journal which is so good and helpful for your own learning (so great work there - im a but jealous! haha) You've proved nice examples, the only really thing i would say is maybe link it with more examples from your experiences with your group - i know we see some of this in the last paragraph but some more personal examples would be great because it allows us to really connect to how you're doing and its also a great way to reflect and see all the improvements you've made along the way at the end of the semester (smile)

    other than that you are doing a great job and i do agree in your methods of leadership!

  2. I really like how you showed your understanding of the readings but also your reflections to it using your personal reflection but also using the MikesBikes. 

    Particularly I liked your third paragraph which was structured nicely as you provided deep thought about your role as a CEO. One thing that you may wish to include would be the experience of  other members in your your group. Do you think that you have shown your leadership and have they followed it?

    Nice job and keep it up (smile)