At this stage my group and I have established a great relationship. I have heard the many horror stories that some teams are a nightmare to work with thus I am very fortunate to have an awesome team! Well, this week had an unfortunate turn of events with the group selection process. As a team, we thought that the solution was not much of a punishment considering that in the real world, a lot is done in dealing with unethical behavior. Nevertheless, that is all now behind us. We enjoyed our first practice roll over, it was quite fun (maybe because it was a practice? I don’t know). But it was very useful in contributing to developing our strategy.
I really liked the first two readings. “Abraham Lincoln, who never let his ego get in the way of his ambition to create an enduring great nation” (Collins, J. C, 2005). I found the point of blending humility and professional will very interesting indeed.From what I have seen a number of times, pride usually is the problem that leads to failure. Also a point that personally I completely agree with; humility is not a sign of weakness. I do believe a lot of level 4 leaders exist. However I found very intriguing that the step from a level 4 to 5 leader was essentially, humility. Nothing intellectually extravagant, powerful; prideful, rich but to humble yourself. What an amazing ideology I thought.
From Kelley, R. E. (1988) reading, it highlighted the difference between a boss and leader as I always see a leader as being interactive rather than sitting on their “throne” demanding things. I tend to always identify myself as being more of a follower than a leader. It also made me realise that good leaders are good because they once followed, to which I find very true. Furthermore there were great practical concept that can be helpful in our teams such as responsibilities for achieving goals.
I liked the two different ideas from these two readings, one exploring the success of a business by examining the leader and the other, the followers. I think they are both of equal importance, how leaders lead and how followers follow.
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