This week saw me spending a large portion of my time in my teams company. We were full steam ahead in our attempts to gain an optimal in the first practice rollover. Our excessive effort apparently paid off as we are currently sat in top position in the class and are by far and away the highest in our world. The perfect position for our competition based team. I feel confident this week, in my eyes there is nothing to complain about, our team worked well, we all put in a great deal of effort and we meshed and bonded well too. This has me wondering if things seem too good to be true. What could go wrong?
In this I have meticulously searched through all aspects of the reports looking for ways we may have crippled ourselves. Are our results only going to work for the first round? Are we teetering on the edge? Or will this stratospheric rise continue? The latter I hope.
Our team yearns for achievement, we live for competition. Ultimately this could be our downfall. Spreier recognises that "We’ve seen very talented leaders crash and burn" (2006) when putting too much pressure on ourselves to achieve. Could we be overdoing it? Is our model sustainable? I see myself as having a directive leadership style even though I wasn’t given the role of C.E.O. I feel as though I have to help lead even though I am not in the position of power. I'll have to be careful with my interjections and overbearingness, with a large portion of our grades based on peer reviews the last thing I can afford to do is alienate myself. The question I really need to be asking myself is 'am I a good follower?' “Good leaders know how to follow" (Kelley, 1988) I need to be open to being told what to do and I think therein lies my epiphany for the week, learn to take direction Jack.
Spreier, S. W., Fontaine, M. H., & Malloy, R. L. (2006). Leadership run amok. Harvard Business Review, 84(6), 72--82
Kelley, R. E. (1988). In praise of followers. Harvard Business Review, 66(6), 142—148