Everyone in team A has learned new and exciting things in these past couple of week from the week’s reading, DQ’s and participation. Some of us learned how to describe what characteristics and traits define an effective leader and manager. Some of these traits are honesty, keeping of one’s word, and having a calm attitude. A good leader can organize a group to accomplish a goal while at the same time being able to reach daily initiatives.
Developing leaders from early on is important and can be a strong advantage for companies, much like General Electric and their development program which keeps their leaders in high demand (Hughes, Ginnet, & Curphy, 2009).
A team member mentioned that both an organization and the leaders within the organization have their own set of values, and it is important to remember that they do not always align. This team member also gives a quote about leaders and managers that could be very useful “Managers do things right, leaders do the right thing.”
Another team member found it quite interesting while reading chapter four of The Art and Science of Leadership is that some organizations use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality tests for their leadership training and team building.
Also in chapter four it outlines what elements makes up individual’s different characteristics, such as demographic, physical, psychological, and behavioral differences. These type of differences are important because not everyone we work with will have the same characteristics as the other person therefore not all leaders/followers will see eye to eye.
We have all come up with the conclusion that this weeks and last week’s reading gave us the insight and knowledge of what an effective leader is, and this will guide us to becoming more productive in our present and future carrier.
Nahavandi, A. (2000). The Art and Science of Leadership (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Hughes, R. L., Ginnett, R. C., & Curphy, G. J. (2009). Leadership: Enhancing the lessons of experience (6th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.