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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.

 

References

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

2 Comments

  1. Hi Jack, sorry about the late comment, I found myself without an internet connection yesterday afternoon and it only just came on now. Now, the feedback, I like the positive thread running through your writing, it's a refreshing change from reading endless stories of hardship. That being said, I think you could have written more. You kind-of follow Daudelin's structure, in that you pose a question: "Could we be overdoing it? Is our model sustainable?"; you analyse it and narrow it down to "am I a good follower?"; then you come up with an action point. However you do this in the space of a paragraph, it needs to be longer. You pose several good questions and allude to several good points, but you need to expand on them and go into more depth. There were several instances when I was reading your journal where I wanted to know more, such as "Is our model sustainable?". What is our model, why could it be unsustainable? Your writing is full of excellent questions but few answers. 

     

    Your use of theory only demonstrates the lower levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. You've seemingly only used quotes to reiterate and support your statements, you don't apply, analyse, synthesise or evaluate any of the theory. Again, this could be improved by narrowing in on one of your points and going into more depth. 

     

    Your writing style is good, easy to read and it flows well. This piece could maybe use some more proof-reading though, as there are several small mistakes that could easily be caught through reading it over again. For example, tense changes, missing words etc... They are minor, but because of that they are also easy to fix. But overall a nice piece of writing, I enjoyed reading it. 

  2. Hi Jack,

    Firstly I would like to congratulate you on your achievement of being the top group in the class! 

    I found your reflection to be a very enjoyable one to read, however I was left with a few unanswered questions at the end of it all. You referred specifically to your model, and how sustainable it may or may not be, but you didn't mention what your model was exactly. This made it hard to understand where you were coming from because I couldn't fully grasp what you were discussing about your model.

    If you had followed Daudelin's model more closely and spaced this out over more than just a paragraph, there would have been more substance to reflection as a whole and it would have been able to link multiple points more effectively.

    All in all it was a good reflection, however next time i would recommend you answer more of the questions you ask so the reader is not left wondering at the end.