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:
- They manage themselves well.
- They are committed to the organization and to a purpose, principle, or person outside themselves.
- They build their competence and focus their efforts for maximum impact.
- 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