After that unexpected yet juicy issue on Monday, things are getting really interesting. Not only within the course as a whole, but also within teams. But my main issue here is what is the real definition of Leadership? After Reading Collins article about Level 5 Leadership, it sort of contradicts what I think (well what I thought) leadership was all about. Collins described it as the highest level of leadership that each organisation needs to ensure success. He also talks about how if a organisation has a level 5 leader, not only will the organisation succeed, but it will be able to maintain its success for a long period of time compared to a level 1,2,3 or 4 leaders (2005). The most interesting idea presented from this article is the word 'humility'. As a minority, humility plays a very important role within my life. In my first year in university I was told that this characteristic can be a benefit and a downfall for my success. In order to land a job, you have to talk yourself up. You have to put yourself out there. But my background tells me otherwise, talking yourself up is disrespectful. Which is why I believe I sort of doubt myself most of the times. Then Collins tells me that it is a vital quality that a leader should possess. This makes things more confusing. Initially, I was told that in order to get your foot in the door, you have to learn to always talk about how good you are. You have to take pride in yourself. Which I see most leaders have, but quiet and shy was never within my list of leadership qualities. When I took my first leadership role, I had to change from being shy and quiet to outgoing and confident. It was challenging and time consuming, but it was satisfying at the end. So from my past leadership experiences, this theory does not really make sense. It just makes things more complicated. This brings me back to a leadership lecture last year in management 211 class. Our lecturer opened with saying that there is no clear definition of leadership. Everyone has there own values and ideas, therefore their own definitions of this topic. She also mentioned that it is still a role that is hard to be defined. So, on that note, there is no real definition of leadership. Do I agree with Collins theory? Well, realistically, there might be a possibility, but I am not a 100% sure. I think that it could only be defined through our experiences.
Collins, J. C. (2005). Level 5 leadership: the triumph of humility and fierce resolve. Harvard Business Review, 83(7/8), 136--146