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