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Thank God. I'm getting it.

This week has been one of those eye opening weeks. Stepping back and realizing that sweet, I am understanding how to work MikesBikes, and yes, this industry can be manageable, particularly in teams. I believe that I have a reliable team, even if we all have busy schedules, we still manage to focus on what is important and ensure that we discuss all options before a turnover. With a game plan ahead, I can truly grasp what is expected of myself and my role in this program. Which is why this weeks quote from the readings was: "Effective followers master skills that will be useful to their organizations."  by E. Kelley (1988). As a group member who is not CEO, I am quite comfortable to hand over the leadership of the company over to a more dominant and multi-tasked person, as I can be dominant, however the place where I shine most is in a department. Being someone with master skills in an area and being useful to the organization in that regard, therefore, being the best follower I can be. As I read more from Kelley, I was interested to find that I related with his 4 qualities of followers- people who:

  1. They manage themselves well.
  2. They are committed to the organization and to a purpose, principle, or person outside themselves.
  3. They build their competence and focus their efforts for maximum impact.
  4. They are courageous, honest, and credible.

After reading the qualities, I found that my personality gravitates towards those behaviors, and considering that my goal is to be someone who takes care of a small group of people, I could understand that my goal is obviously not to be a leader. Therefore that must make me a follower. I also had a look at Spreier's ideas of leadership and felt like I associated to a view of those forms of leadership, but none would be my first immediate option to perform. I considered the environments when I had been in charge of people in various other situations, and wondered if the Visionary (Spreier, Fontaine and Molloy, 2006) approach was perhaps what I had done before. I had ensured that we remained positive in high stress situations, yet even though there was an authoritative rank, you were still social, as if a family.

So maybe I am just a teams person, maybe even a follower, but when I have been in control a team, I have still always reported back to someone, and thats the way that I like it. You work at your absolute best for your own department, and ensure that you are the person in charge of making that company run. I guess I am a leader kind of follower in that sense, its worked this far so fingers crossed for this.  

 

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

 

3 Comments

  1. Please ensure you correctly label your learning journal. I've done it for you this time.

  2. This learning journal showed that you had a sound knowledge of the readings and comprehended the material well. To improve on your learning journal consider talking about how you applied this knowledge in your team situation. Then reflect on this experience showing analysis and synthesis. This will frame your answer in a fashion which shows a full understanding of Blooms Taxonomy of Learning.

  3. You've made a good engagement with the reading material and theories from the week in regards to leadership styles, and that really comes through in your review. I will agree with John's comment however, that you could possibly make more reference to how this applied in your own team experience in the week. I think that if you were to discuss your own personal experiences from the week more and engage the theories in relation to this it could provide more depth to the review. A very nice review overall though I'd say! Good luck for the assignment!