The Best Leader
The Best Leader
In my lifetime, I have come a crossed many leaders. Some of them who were in management and some who were not. Picking the best leader that I have been exposed to was not an easy task, as each one of them has been instrumental in shaping me into the leader that I have become today. They all possessed individual traits, skills, and tactics that were necessary as an effective leader. Each one also had specific theories of effective leadership that explained why I believe that they were the “best leader” that I have been exposed to. They all had leadership behaviors that could be described by certain theories of leadership that provided me with guidelines for ...view middle of the document...
He was always there to motivate us in times that we needed that extra push to tread onward in a difficult situation. He also had the experience and knowledge to back up what he was saying. He was very honest with us, even in times when it wasn’t what he knew we wanted to hear. I can remember students saying how brutally honest he was, but yet everyone looked up to him. He always had a way of making us think about everything we did with every question he asked us and with every answer that he gave us. He was truly inspirational in my eyes with everything that he did.
I feel that these traits are necessary for me as a leader to be able to provide the guidance and support needed to effectively complete tasks, individual goals, and organizational goals, not only for myself, but for those whom I lead. Having the ability to be honest, portray confidence, and be knowledgeable of the tasks, I believe will create trust from my followers, which in turn makes them strive to accomplish the tasks they are given. Possessing the motivational trait will allow me to positively motivate my followers to be the best that they can be by providing them with the confidence that they need to succeed. This, I believe, will create more efficient and effective outcomes of the tasks that they are given.
The specific skills that he owned were both interpersonal, and conceptual. He owned the interpersonal skill by always recognizing a negative change in someone’s behavior, even when it was a slight change. He would always ask the student to stay after class, or if it was a drastic behavior change, he would take the student into his office at that time and not wait until after class to discuss what was causing the behavior change. He would always recognize a positive behavior change and commend you in front of the class. He would also always be there to listen when we needed to talk out an issue. He owned the conceptual skills of problem solving, and creativity in idea generation, more specifically, by always helping us problem solve by asking us to think about the situation and what the desired outcome for us would be. He was always pushing us to think outside the norm when answering a question that he posed. He used to say “The world is not always black and white. You need to think outside the box sometimes to find the answer”. He often would not accept the norm as an answer and would ask us to dig deeper. He also was always available to listen to us and to provide us with needed guidance to solve whatever issues we were faced with.
I feel that these skills are necessary for me as a leader, because as a leader I feel it is important to be interpersonal and conceptual in order to lead effectively. I feel it is important to be able to recognize when situational variables change, whether good or bad, in order to know when to intervene and when to acknowledge with praise. I believe that it will also assist in the level of motivation that is needed for the given...