Reflective Journal on Leadership

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Reflective Journal on Leadership Leadership Literature and Personal Experience In today’s highly competitive business environment, effective leadership is a must to achieve organizational goals which is essential for business success. According to Kierson (2009), a leader, in the context of organizations, is someone who can be counted on to create the future. In order to catch up with the rapid changes in the global business world, organizations modify themselves to a more knowledge-based workforce structure with highly specialized team members who are given great autonomy. As a result, becoming an effective leader requires having not only hard skills but also soft skills because soft skills are critical for productive performance in today’s workplace (Robles, cited in Nealy 2012, p. 453). In Robles’ study, the ten soft skill attributes categorized from executive listings include communication, courtesy, flexibility, integrity, interpersonal skills, positive attitude, professionalism, responsibility, teamwork, and work ethic (Robles, 2012). Different leadership styles are used in relation to different positions, different industries and in various situations. A study held by Drexel University, USA, was trying to ascetain the best leadership style regardless of a participant’s position, industry and different situations. Surprisingly, the study ended with different results which were that the participant’s position and industry did affect the leadership styles. The leadership styles used in this study included command and control leadership, relations-oriented leadership, hands-on leadership, coaching leadership, and democratic leadership. The analysis of the study revealed that ‘the softer management styles were preferred overall to both manage with and to be managed with’. Its conclusion was that ‘management and leadership calls for good judgment, and that

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