Gazing over the introductions of this week’s readings made me feel a sense of Deja-vu. My experiences from leadership programs at university and studying theory of leadership has framed my perspective on leadership in a particular way. Personally I think the topic has been over thought and developed as a way to make money. The way leadership has been branded in society makes it extremely lucrative for anyone selling leadership development in multiples industries. Therefore I feel like the topic has been developed a bit too much and as a result the topic becomes confusing. This is evident in the variation of theory presented in this week’s readings and furthermore in leadership literature.
For myself it is incredible difficult to give a concrete answer to what leadership is. I remember at the start of 1 leadership program 30 students struggled to write down in a few sentences what leadership meant to them. After 6 months of leadership development, the issue of defining leadership was still inherent.
Therefore I think leadership is something that is best "learnt on the job" instead of studying it. My experience in leadership roles has made me value being adaptable in working with different people and understanding how certain behaviour effects the vision of a team. I agreed with the importance of followers expressed by Kelley (1988). My interpretation is a leader also needs to know when to step down and follow others. It’s crucial for leaders to follow the expert who knows how to deal with certain aspects instead of the leader leading the team to failure. This will be particularly important when each team member has assigned roles and will be the expert in those areas. Therefore as CEO I will need to have trust in others expertise to motivate the team and make efficient decisions.
Coming to the end of the week I’m feeling happy about my team’s progress and achievements in MikeBikes. Having some success has made me feel more competitive, so it will be interesting to see how this develops in future rollovers. I will definitely be taking some ideas from this reflection into next week’s work.
Kelley, R. E. (1988). In praise of followers. Harvard Business Review, 66(6), 142--148