Safe to say that week 03 has been far from boring! From strategic planning with my team, a scandal that surely ruffled some feathers, to a practice rollover that really had by blood levels rising, I've definitely feel like i've been on a emotional roller coaster this week (yes, I am being a little dramatic but you get what I mean). But all in all, I definitely feel more in my strides with this course and I never thought i'd be saying this, but i'm KINDA excited for this Mikes Bikes Challenge. I do believe the credit does lie with the fact that I feel that my group works well together and that we've really worked hard to cater to the individual personalities, expectations and strengths of our team members and more importantly there is a good balance between leading and following which I can imagine isn't always the case for some teams.
Taking a look at the focus of this weeks readings, there a couple of key concepts that I took away. There seems to be a great debate on Leadership vs Follower-ship and the destructive potential of overachievers. Having been in positions of leadership, I have always been taught that being a leader isn't necessarily about the "glamour and attention” (Kelley, 1988) that you get being the figure head but about using the position that you hold to succeed as a team. For example, as a Rowing Captain at my school I felt it was my duty to ensure that all my rowers were always on the same level on and off the water and I would always feel personally responsible if an athlete was falling behind in any aspect of the sport. I would do whatever I could to help them on and off the water through training and tips and it wasn't until I read the Spreier, S. W., Fontaine, M. H., & Malloy, R. L. (2006) article, that I understood that I was exercising a mixture of leadership styles. I found this article to be quite interesting also as I felt that it had some significance to the scandal that happened this week, in which the team of group selectors had put themselves in a team and it kind of made sense when it said that “the drive to achieve is though to resist” Spreier, S. W., Fontaine, M. H., & Malloy, R. L. (2006) and I can completely relate to that because who doesn't want to win or succeed in the things that they choose to do? However, as it also states, and I think this also explains the actions of that team and other people who are overachievers, that "some high achievers are so fixated on finding a shortcut to the goal that they may not be too particular about the means they use to reach it" Spreier, S. W., Fontaine, M. H., & Malloy, R. L. (2006).
Spreier, S. W., Fontaine, M. H., & Malloy, R. L. (2006). Leadership run amok. Harvard Business Review, 84(6), 72--82