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Time has gone so fast that its almost the end of week three already. Many things happened this week. I really want to mention it, unfortunately I can’t think of a nice or professional way to mention it. So I think I should stick with the readings.

 

I know majority of the people have the ambition to become a leader, I also do. But knowing myself as a directionless person, I prefer to be a follower. Indeed I also enjoyed being a follower.  Especially leaders that has a clear sense of direction, cares about every team member, fight for the team, treating people equally, but most importantly unselfish. These preferences suggest that I would prefer visionary, affiliative or participative leadership styles (Spreier, Fontaine & Malloy, 2009). I think I may have made myself sound like a demanding follower.

 

Although I might be a demanding follower, but I believe I’m definitely a good follower. The qualities of followers mentioned in Kelley’s (2001) reading are the minimum I would do no matter who is the leader and how the team is like, because I think that’s what a responsible follower should do. However, there must be a good leader in order to motivate or make me feel I should commit more. So I think is true that good leaders will have good followers, but just because leaders can’t motivate or influence the follower doesn’t mean they are bad followers.

 

 So far, although the teams have only been formed for a week but I am really happy with my team. Especially, I’m really impressed by my CEO. She represented our group (with no hesitation) to fight for something we believe is right or should be done about a recent event. She may not have illustrated her leadership in the ways stated in the reading, but it has definitely showed her great leadership.

 

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

Spreier, S. W., Fontaine, M. H., & Malloy, R. L.   (2006). Leadership run amok.  Harvard Business Review, 84(6), 72-82

3 Comments

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

  2. I'm glad to hear that you are happy with being a member of your team as such feeling about the team must be quite important for us to keep enjoying this course which is considerably occupied by team time. If you can give some examples to emphasize the reason why your leader is talented or what kind of actions you took are enough to say that you are a good follower. Since your reflection isn't really well-supported by the readings, your view appears to be weak, which should be improved in the following weeks.

  3. Hi Daisy,

    I really like how you have used the readings and related it back to yourself and what you expect from yourself and your leader regarding group work. However, I think that you could use specific examples (how did your CEO represent and fight for your group?) or relating it back to your own experiences more in analyzing and reflecting on the readings.

    I feel like you have not reached the higher levels of Blooms taxonomy, rather just regurgitating what you read into your own words. I think you should take another look at Bloom et al.'s (1956) taxonomy of the cognitive domain so that you can use this to improve your learning journal for the next week.

    I also noticed some small grammatical errors. Perhaps proof-read (or get a friend to proof-read your journal) to fix this.