Personal Leadership Statement

Education is an important part of the successful career in any business or institution nowadays. The readings related to leadership have influenced me in a positive way, as I have learned new leadership concepts as well as discovered principles of leadership development and capacity building (Hickman, 2010). Thereafter, the objective of this paper is to elucidate my opinion about leadership, emphasizing its strong points and developing a vision of its improvement.

To my mind, leadership is an ability to ‘lead’ people not only because of certain power that an individual might have over others due to senior position in the company. A leader must be able to motivate, persuade, and encourage, explaining the ideas and ‘serving’ for the benefit of others. It is actually a process of social influence, which maximizes the potential and input of other individuals by empowering them to develop and challenge the difficulties.

According to my personal observation, I think leadership is an innate ability with which you are either endued or not. Leadership has always appealed to me as I impede other people from doing things that they think must be done in their way. However, I manage to do it properly by using different types of leadership behavior, such as people-oriented leadership or relation, servant leadership, task-oriented leadership and others (VectorStudy, 2013). The style of leadership has a direct emphasis on the importance of collaboration. I am particularly interested in relational or team leadership approach. All members of a group are considered as worthy and equal, which makes their differences more understandable and respected. Group member’s diversity adds value and increases likelihood of new ideas generation and possible solutions (Kezar, Carducci, & Contreras-McGavin, 2006).

Moreover, modern society requires leaders to become more and more flexible, which is why the concept of global leadership plays a very important role in the success of organizations all over the world.

In addition to that, the constituency empowers leadership with voice and purpose by providing an individual and/or a group with an opportunity to stand out as one unity. Leadership never exists in isolation as it is always accompanied by followers. Responsibleness, being an aspect that is appropriate to leadership, is based on the word responsible, which stands for dependable, liable, trustworthy, caring, etc. Thereafter, this is associated with an ethical and professional action. Leadership can not only be measured by the level of effectiveness, which focuses only on a small direction, since a real leader should be both effective, ethical and must have endurance to survive. This combination can really make a difference in the world. In other words, responsible leaders are the people with whom workers like communicating and enjoy working. This is the reason why I want to become that kind of person when I will obtain a job in my professional area (Lynham & Chermack, 2006).

To conclude, advantages of leadership inspired me to further develop affiliative, participative and coaching management styles. Therefore, the mentioned frameworks I have chosen are the main models for adoption of a fundamental management style (Leaders in Heels, 2013). Being a leader is a lifetime journey, a path that cannot be changed. It might be challenging and sometimes tempting to give up, but there is nothing more rewarding than to see the success and progress of people that you have led to achievement of common goals.

References

Hickman, G.B. (2010). Leading organizations: Perspectives for a new era. Second Edition. University of Richmond. ISBN: 9781412939089

Kezar, A. J., Carducci, R., & Contreras-McGavin, M. (2006). Rethinking the “L” word in higher education: The revolution of research on leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Lynham S. A., Chermack T. J. (2006). Responsible leadership for performance: A

theoretical model and hypotheses. SAGE. Retrieved from

http://www.uk.sagepub.com/managingandorganizations/downloads/Online%20articles/ch03/4%20-%20Lynham%20&%20Chermack.pdf

Leaders in Heels (2013). 6 management styles. Retrieved from

http://leadersinheels.com/career/6-management-styles-and-when-best-to-use-them-the-leaders-tool-kit/

VectorStudy (2013). Types of leadership. Retrieved from

http://vectorstudy.com/management-topics/types-of-leadership