Essay Term Paper
Leadership …power … influence … path-builder … director … it can defined in many
ways, but most commonly Leader is person who influences the thoughts and
behaviors of others; a leaders is one who establishes the direction for others
to willingly follow. One person can serve as a leader or several persons might
share leadership. A person may be appointed as leader or may be elected by
people within his circle. Leaders play vital role in standardizing performance.
Leaders can influence other to perform beyond the expectations. Managers plan,
organize, lead and control so that “leading” and “managing” are inseparable,
they are both integral part of each other. If one cant influence and inspire
others to work willingly towards aims then all planning and organizing will be
ineffective. Similarly setting direction is usually not enough, no matter how
inspiring one can be, management skills are crucial.
Leaders will simultaneously fill many roles interacting, motivating group
members, solving conflicts as they arise. Leaders set vision, strategies, goals,
and values in order to guide for desired action and behavior. Leaders are
characterized by certain traits which distinguish leaders from non-leaders
includes Drive, desire to lead, honesty, cognitive ability, self-confidence and
knowledge. Effective leaders must have two major qualities: knowledge and
communication competence. Leader needs knowledge of issue and the ways of
effectively leading a team. This knowledge will enable leader to identify
alternatives available. He also needs to be an effective communicator as equally
listener and speaker. Leaders should acquire qualities of flexible, openness,
empathetic, courage, interactive, and positive attitude.
An effective leader generally values people, listen actively, gives credit to
others, have consistent behaviors, admits mistakes, have a sense of humor and
above all they set a good example for their followers. I have been running
plastic manufacturing firm, which produces household plastic product. There I
have developed three major departments of Production, Finance and Marketing. I
have developed a seven-member team, which is headed by me. We usually come
across discussing major issue related to finance, production and marketing. We
make plans, have discussions, and generate ideas. My job out there is to design
the agenda, set priorities, follow-up the discussions, and make our session
meaningful. At the same time I perform simultaneously role of interacting,
motivating group members, solving conflicts as they arise. During our sessions
we set vision, develop strategies, targeting goals, and evaluating our past
performance in order to guide ourselves for desired action and behavior.
Being a leader and owner of the firm I have dual responsibilities to organize
and develop a culture of selflessness. A failure of my team member is the
failure of myself. I had to do my work selflessly and biggest challenge for me
is to get my team members also work selflessly for our firm. Each of our team
members feels as he/she is the owner of the firm and we do our work for firm
success, we should not to stick it for earning livelihood. That is the most
admiring change, which I am striving to bring about. The hardest job for me is
to set myself as an example for my all fellows.
All such exercises have made me able to actively contribute towards MSM program.
MSM program will provide me an opportunity to further develop a broader
understanding of management/leadership and enhancing my analytical skills. This
program will also provide me with the hands-on study and learn from varied
backgrounds. My prior leadership experience will provide me a feedback while
attending MSM program. This will provide me an opportunity to share me
experiences with others. This program will also enhance my leadership traits and
enable me to learn and develop my capabilities as becoming successful leader. It
will also improve my communication skills and gain more knowledge through the
experiences of group members. These learning will help me to improve my attitude
and behavior that would be helpful in my leadership career. I am fully confident
that MSM program has the potential to make me able to achieve my challenge to
bring an organizational culture of selflessness.