Firstly this week has been a successful week in regards to our first practice roll over, due to the fact that our scheduled class times are used for working in our groups on MikesBikes. I feel like our group has overcome that awkward meeting stage and actually worked together cohesively in producing, in our eyes, a successful SHV. Although it is a practice run and there is yet many things that are needed to be worked on, I do think we are on a great track. I am ensuring that I am continuously learning something new each week in order to make sure that I’m benefiting from this course.
This week’s readings covered the topic of effective leaders and followers. Because we are entirely working in groups this semester, I felt the content that was illustrated in these readings were interesting and valuable. Not only for this course but for future experiences as well. This week I particularly thought that ‘In Praise of Followers’ by Robert E. Kelley (1988) was interesting as it underlined what distinguishes a leader and a boss. From my experience, a leader is someone who influences and interacts with their counterparts. Whereas a boss is seen more of demanding and dictates their followers. The different level of emotional bonds is what sets them apart. Leaders have a more established relationship to their followers as they have that influential aspect to them, in comparison to a boss I think is more on the surface. Kelley (1988) also highlighted that an effective follower and an effective leader is the same people but in different roles. In some degree I do feel that this is true as being an effective follower, you will have to have the qualities of a leader. But what sets them apart is the confidence to actually step up to be the leader and take on that title. There are numerous times where people would try avoid taking on that label as it can seem like a whole step up. Challenge is not always initiated. Overall I don’t think anyone in my group has yet to gain the title of being an effective leader, even though we have a CEO in place. I guess later in the weeks it will be much clearer. For now I think focusing on being an effective follower is something I'm going to try bring to the table.
Kelley, R. E. (1988). In praise of followers. Harvard Business Review, 66(6), 142