Sample Business Plan On Leadership And Management
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
Leadership and management involve controlling and guiding people (Butler, 2014). Given the varied personalities that people have, the task of leading people is challenging. This is the reason leaders are required to possess certain qualities. Among these qualities is the ability to delegate duties, coordinate activities, inspire and effectively communicate with followers, to others. As a team of student, we also embarked on a number of activities that the primary aims of improving our leadership skills and team performance (Schminke, 2010). For that reason, this essay explores critical events in team's time together; the degree of success of the team in meeting the key events encountered while working together and my leadership contribution to team's performance. In addition, we shall conclude the paper with an action plan for developing further interaction leadership capabilities.
One of the significant and equally essential to the team was the first interaction. The team had people of different personalities. Some of them were introverts whereas others were extroverts (Schminke, 2010). Other team members were talkative while others were sly. Hence, interaction for the first time among the team members was exciting and critical for the success of the team.
The other significant event was deciding what the group should focus on. Since the purpose for creating a group was to improve the skills of each team member both as a leader and a team player, there was need to select activities which would help unleash potential skills (Church, 1997). After all the events, it was now time to create the Youtube video. Here, there were two opposing sides. One group advocated a video developed out of Powerpoint whereas the other group wanted a real video showing the group videos. Making decision on what style to use in preparation of the video sparked a significant debate (Butler, 2014).
The team to a great extent was successful in meeting the critical events encountered while working. Every team member was capable of identifying his or her weaknesses and strengths. This was accomplished through SWOT analysis. Others realized they were not effective public speakers whereas others were good at it. The team was capable of tackling all the issues and events. Despite the different personalities, all the team members were able to contribute ideas and opinions that helped propagate the team forward (Schminke, 2010).
My Leadership Contribution
Personally, I made significant contributions to the leadership of the team. In the first case, I made everyone realize that we are all different in some ways, and our differences should be a source of strength. Others were good in public speaking while others were critical thinkers. All these traits strengthened the team and made it easier to achieve our goals (Isaacs, 2003). I played the role of delegating duties and coordinating the team’s activities (Butler, 2014). It was important to assign each team member individual tasks bearing mind their capabilities. The coordination of activities enabled the team to engage in several events.
In order to develop further interaction capabilities, I would go for an educational trip or retreat. The retreat should include all the team members. The retreat will help in improving the qualities of each as an active manager and also a team player. It is important to note that leadership is not only about leading but also being a team player (Butler, 2014).
Conclusively, the team was fruitful and helpful in improving my leadership qualities. The differences in personalities helped us to deal with different challenges. All in all, am looking forward to having more time in the future with my team.
Butler, C. (2014) ‘Leadership & Managing Today’ (Power Presentation) BH6009 Session 1b.
Available at http://studyspace.kingston.ac.uk (Accessed 3rd Feb 2015) Kozai Group Slide 17 &19
Church, A. (1997) Managerial Self-Awareness in High Performing Individuals and Organisations. Journal of Applied Psychology 281-292
Isaacs, J. (2003). An Investigation Of Attributes Of School Principals In Relation To Resilience And Leadership Practices. New York: Routledge.
Schminke, M. (2010) Managerial Ethics: Managing the Psychology of Morality. New York: Routledge.