LDR/531: Leadership Style

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Leadership Style Byron Salter Phoenix University LDR/531 Organizational Leadership Dr. Nancy Atkins December 3, 2014 Leadership Style Some say that leaders are born and not created. Leaders motivate and influence individuals in a way that resonates and taps into his or her personal dreams. Leadership is “the ability to influence a group toward the achievement of a vision or set of goal” (Robbins & Judge, 2013, p. 368). A leader that I admire is Janet Mock, who is a leader and advocate for trans people of color. Her leadership characteristics and qualities directly contributed to Mock’s success. Additionally, evaluating my own leadership style will allow me to identify my leadership characteristics. Comparing the leadership…show more content…
Characteristics of a transformational leader are providing vision and direction, gains trust from others, communicates expectations and critical purposes, motivate and influence rationality, advises, and guides individuals (Robbins & Judge, 2013, p. 383). I tend to be creative with the task given to me and I have the ability to think outside the box. Although I have a high attention to detail, my critical thinking and problem-solving skills make me an effective leader amongst my peers. “[T]ransformational leaders also show greater agreement among top managers about the organization’s goals, which yields superior organizational performance” (Robbins & Judge, 2013, p. 383). According to a study conducted by Gong, Huang, and Farh (2009), employees who work under transformational leaders had more self-confidence in their ability to be more creative and perform higher (pgs. 765-778). While speaking with my mentor, she states that I have the ability to assist my peers and assess their needs on and individualized basis. I can also influence and motivate my team members to accurately and efficiently complete tasks, and produce higher productivity and job…show more content…
“Transformational leaders are able to increase follower self-efficacy, giving the group a ‘can do’ spirit. Followers are more likely to pursue ambitious goals, agree on the strategic goals of the organization, and believe the goals they are pursuing are personally important” (Robbins & Judge, 2013, p. 384). By evaluating and comparing my characteristics with my admired leader, Janet Mock, “People working for charismatic leaders are motivated to exert extra effort and, because they like and respect their leader, express greater satisfaction” (Robbins & Judge, 2013, p. 381). Developing those additional leadership skills and advancing the characteristics I currently possess, will allow me the opportunity to expand my horizon. Conclusion Understanding and evaluating leadership styles and theories can allow an individual to assess his or her capabilities. I admire a charismatic leader, Janet Mock, and her ability to influence and shift the mindsets of others. However, my transformational leadership style provides me with characteristics to motivate other to be more creative and efficient. I can identify certain qualities I wish to possess to hone my charismatic leadership style. Additionally, I would be a well-versed leader that has the capability to tailor different leadership styles to individual behaviors of

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