This essay focuses on the most important aspects of leadership.The project assignment provides a forum for analyzing and evaluating relevant topics for this week on the basis of the course competencies covered.
Week 1 Project
Due December 7 at 10:59 PM
Review the following lecture:
· Earning Trust
The project assignment provides a forum for analyzing and evaluating relevant topics for this week on the basis of the course competencies covered.
Building trust is one of the most important aspects of leadership. As a leader, you will need to have an executable plan to develop trust.
Read the following article:
· Reagan, B. (2004). How to score high on the trust equation. National Underwriter/P&C, 108(19), 10–11.
Using this article as a foundation, develop a plan on how you will develop trust within your staff.
Be sure to include specific examples of the activities and rationale behind your plan. For example:
Firstly, communication (how you will communicate)
Secondly, modeling (what types of activities will you use to model)
Further, commitment (how your staff will know that you are committed)
Finally, accountability (what the accountability measures are and who or what will hold you accountable)
The ability to communicate is deemed an important leadership quality by many. That is no surprise, as a large part of a manager’s job involves communicating content and strategies internally and externally. However, this flow of information may not be one-sided, since good bosses always have an open ear for their employees’ concerns. Successful communication requires a diplomatic touch-this too is an important leadership quality.
2. Set a good example
Leaders also function as role models, as bosses are always being observed. Supervisors who need something from their employees that they themselves won’t do quickly lose their credibility.
Someone has to be the one to make decisions and assume responsibility, and that person is generally the boss. However, leadership skills can also be seen as an ability to surrender responsibility and to delegate tasks. Those who pass responsibility on to their employees motivate them and ensure their loyalty.
Motivating employees, inspiring them, and fostering enthusiasm for projects is one of the most important leadership qualities and a key to success because only motivated employees are good employees.
5. Recognise and foster potential
Managers with leadership qualities have a keen sense of how people tick: they recognise special abilities and know how to use them for the company
Mistakes happen, and no one is immune. But one learns from mistakes. Thus, as the boss, you should show a certain degree of tolerance for mistakes. Instead of getting angry and criticising, you should work together to analyse mistakes so that they are not repeated. Employees who are afraid of mistakes and of their supervisors cannot work effectively or freely.
Supervisors must be able to adjust their leadership style to suit the situation. This requires flexibility and intuition.
8. Set goals and expectations
Employees can only work in a goal-oriented manner when you clearly explain what you expect of them. Those who give their team challenging tasks with clear, realistic deadlines can expect good results.
Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, even supervisors. The more aware you are of your own abilities and the more open you are about them, the more successful you will be as a leader.