Philosophy & Skills of Leadership. Many managers can attest to this experience: You ask an employee to carry out a task that has enough flexibility for creative input. Rather than making their own decisions, the employee comes to you with an onslaught of questions, trying to pin down the exact parameters of the task. You become exasperated, wondering why the employee has to ask you permission for every tiny detail.
This is not an unusual phenomenon – it can be difficult to break out of the leader-follower mindset at the workplace. Researchers find that only rare, servant leaders are able to prevent employees from being excessively reliant on their bosses, cultivating instead a staff that feels empowered and self-guided. Trust and business acumen are some of the cornerstones in building this type of work culture. We can use this wisdom to train informed and decisive teams that we can trust.
Tone and Vision. A vision is a short statement that will guide the company over the next three to five years. It is not the strategic plan, but helps guide that plan. The vision should guide what is put in the strategic plan. It should be capable of driving the organization to achieve a common goal, and be somewhat motivational so that there is a reminder of what the organization is trying to achieve when the going gets tough. That sets a tone for the organization. Without a vision, a business is like a ship without a rudder and is in danger of drifting aimlessly. Many businesses lack a clear vision, and tend to jump from project to project without a clear understanding of what binds the company together and/or the value created by individual actions. The company vision should provide the cornerstone for everything that is completed in the business.
Ethics and Challenges. If you are anticipating working for a company, do you look at their ethics? It is difficult to determine if a company is ethical or not. If the CEO is involved in unethical practices, it is nearly impossible to determine if the company has ethical leadership. Your ethics are what will guide you in difficult times. Read about the Enron fiasco in this article, The Real Scandal. There were several senior people in the organization that were determined to hide financial wrongdoings from the public. Ultimately, managing yourself requires being aware of the question, ‘What are my values?’ There should be a compatibility between the values of the organization and the values of the employees.
- Your paper should be 10 to 12 pages in length (not including title and reference pages).
- Your paper should be double-spaced, with 1-inch margins, in-text citations and references for all sources following proper APA formatting.
- Use the EC Library resources to properly cite your work
- In your final project, you will also provide a summative reflection about the leadership skills you have studied. This project can serve as a personal leadership best practices manual that you can refer to long after you have left the course. You will also be reflecting on the lessons in leadership that have been covered in this course, and you will assess how they may have impacted your approach to leading. Make sure to read the assigned articles dealing with the characteristics of great leaders. You might consider adopting those that suit you (if you have not already).
- Analyze the philosophy and skills of leadership within a chosen organization.
- Evaluate the tone, mission, and vision of a chosen organization.
- Apply ethical concepts to a chosen organization.
- Evaluate the manner in which ethics guides the chosen organization with regard to challenges.
- Reflect on personal leadership qualities.
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