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This week was a simple week, basically because there were no lectures. All we had to do was get together in our MikesBikes group and work. But the readings for this week was interesting for me. Leadership was a concept I knew already, but Followership was a new concept for me.

Following whether it is a group member or a location is an easy and simple task, yet the readings provided detailed explanation of what does it mean to follow a leader. Kelley (1988) argues that effective followers derive motivation from ambition. By acknowledging their role and hope to win the trust and acceptance of peer member and their supervisors and eventually move up to a leader role. Also good followers can study under leaders from a subordinate’s perspective including being an apprentice. Studying can make an effective follower and at the end is prerequisite for organizational success. Through reading this I’ve learnt that successful organizations is not solely dependent on its leaders, but also the followers; at the end it is the workers or group members that make the organization.

Furthermore, Spreier et al., (2006) concept of motivation (achievement), affiliation and power in leadership taught me how as a leader what things should a leader aim to achieve. Achievement for a leader is critical in organizations, whether it is meeting or exceeding a standard of excellence or improving personal performance. Ultimately it reflects the organizational goals. Also, power is another concept I learnt in previous management course where in a group environment equal distribution of power is important. Spreier et al., (2006) further emphasizes the two forms including personalized; the leader draws strength from controlling others and making them fell weak and socialized; the leader’s strength comes from empowering people. Initially this can determine the fate of the group and numerous case studies shows that leaders who persuade personalized power do not work at the end. ‘Be less coercive and more collaborative. Influence rather than direct. Focus more on people and less on numbers and results’ (Spreier et al., 2006) is a way to go.

Performing our first practice round for our MikesBikes, I feel that there is need for both leadership and followership when coming to decision making and I hope to lead and/or follow what my group member wants and also what I want.

References

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

 

4 Comments

  1. Please ensure you label your learning journal correctly. I've fixed it up for you this time.

  2. Hi there 

    I think you've done well with your learning journal this week. You have  used your knowledge & understanding of the readings and applied them to your work from throughout the week. 

     

    However from a constructive point of view I think you need to be more reflective in your writing. You've written a lot about the theory and I feel you have just paraphrased some of the readings, its good writing I just think that it needs to be more applied to reflecting on your past week.

     

    Keep it up!  

  3. i agree with Matt, i think maybe apply the readings to your role in mikes bikes or something. Talk about mikes bikes and your team as well, about things you have learnt and things that perhaps you need to be better at. The reflection needs to be more about your experiences of the week, however i love that you used quotes emphasizing your understanding of the readings. you are the first person to do it thus far from the readings i have reviewed. i think its brilliant (smile) 

  4. You need to explicitly indicate when you have copied material through the use of quotation marks and page numbers. If you are in any doubt as to how you should do that, arrange to see me. I would not what to find you have this type of problem in your summative learning journal. This is not the first time I have noted this about your learning journals.