Organizational Behavior – Assignment Example
Organizational Behavior Affiliation: In Chapter 11 barriers to effective communication are discussed. How have you been impacted by these barriers? Give examples.
Language is one of the barriers discussed. As a result of language barrier and especially when communicating with professors, I had to learn the language the people communicated with so that I did not have to keep on asking people to interpret for me. I had to take language tutorials to deal with communication barrier (Adair 2011).
Anger and emotions in general are things that hinder effective communication. Anger makes me not listen to what I am being told by especially a person who has made me angry. This makes me miss out on important assignments and instructions in the workplace and even in class. Other emotions like extreme happiness also make me not pay attention to what I am being told and hence end up doing the wrong things (Fielding 2005).
When in an environment that has extreme noise, I fail to hear the other people communicating clearly. I once worked in a factory and I ended up getting instructions mixed up because I could not hear what I was being told due to the noise of the machines and other workers shouting. I also ended up with sore throat dude to shouting excessively to be heard by others (Potter and Hastings 2008).
Assumptions hinder communication and I have experienced this with my supervisors at work. I usually make assumptions of the expected work without communicating with my supervisor about it and this made me almost lose my job once. The impact of this was that I ended up getting suspended for assuming wrong instructions from the supervisor.
What leader do you admire? Why? Use at least three of the leadership theories in chapter 12 when discussing your leader.
I admire the president Barack because he is a democratic leader most of the time with the citizens of US. As a democratic leader, he lets people air out their views and grievance without them being subjected to torture or gagging. This type of leadership is what ensures that violators of human rights in the US are brought to justice under the Obama leadership. The democratic leadership enables the media to have freedom to criticize the government if it is not carrying out its function as stipulated in the statutes (Daft and Lane 2007).
Unlike other presidents and leaders who are autocratic all the time, Obama does not use force unless circumstances demand like the time when Osama was killed. The other time Obama exercises autocratic leadership is when dealing with serious crimes in the country or trying to use force to drive away enemies from meddling with US affairs. These mentioned circumstances are understandable when they are not used all the time so that it is not confused with dictatorship (Leanne 2009).
The other type of leadership that Obama exercises with a few of his personal advisors is the laissez-faire leadership. He utilizes this with the few advisors like the head of military and the CIA or other intelligence officers (Northouse 2009). He exercises this on them because they are professionals in their tasks and only act to advice the president because he is the head. Since no power is used on them and they are free to make their decisions without supervision by the president, their work is effective and done with uttermost satisfaction (Coggins 2009).
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Coggins, E. (2009). Five Leadership Theories Applied in Barrack Obama’s First 100 Days as President. New Jersey: GRIN Verlag.
Daft, R. and Lane, P. (2007). The leadership experience. New York: Cengage Learning.
Fielding, M. (2005). Effective Communication In Organizations. California: Juta and Company Ltd.
Leanne, S. (2009). Leadership the Barack Obama Way: Lessons on Teambuilding and Creating a Winning Culture in Challenging Times. New York: McGraw-Hill Professional.
Northouse, P. (2009). Leadership: Theory and Practice. London: SAGE.
Potter, R. and Hastings, W. (2008). Trust Me. New Jersey: Booksurge Publishing.