The paper 'The Effects of Leadership and Job Satisfaction on Team Citizenship' is a good example of a Management Assignment. According to Bhatti et al. (2012), a leader sees the future. He can predict situations before they actually happen and therefore for a team to be successful, there have to be effective leaders. This paper explores my reflections on my peer’ s leadership and the performance of my team in a given project. Reflection on peer’ s leadership Aspects of leadership performed well by my peers The team’ s leadership was rotated among two leaders.
According to Manners (2008), leadership performance is measured by how successfully the team members perform socially. The first leader was excellent in communication and explaining the group’ s task as there was a misunderstanding as to the interpretation of the work. The peer then brought together the individual aspects towards one common goal. Everyone was given a chance to share their individual strengths and weaknesses and asked to voluntarily choose their area of interest. This project manager was very good at exercising the democratic leadership style and it made everyone feel appreciated and valued.
Sycara & Sukthankar (2006) assert that for a group to perform effectively, they must share a common objective implemented through the leader. The overall task was then broken into simpler tasks for individuals and this quickened the performance of the entire team. The second project manager had a distinct leadership style from the first which was quite beneficial to the overall success of the group as they completed each other. This project manager was able to assert pressure on individual members through setting deadlines and ensuring that they are adhered to.
His task orientation was remarkable and set a good example for the members. He set minor goals and individual task deadlines with a day or two before the due date for revision and analysis. This helped to assess individual members’ progress in relation to that of the overall group. Aspects of my peer’ s leadership that require improvement The first project manager needs to improve on his democratic leadership style. As much as it was encouraging to have everyone’ s opinion addressed, it also took a long time to start the project. There was much disagreement and at this point, he should have taken the initiative to summarise the different opinions and come up with a common goal.
He instead adopted a Laissez-faire kind of style where he allowed the group to come up with a collective goal. Though in this case, it worked, it undermined his leadership position. Therefore, he needs to be more assertive. Manners (2008) assert that a democratic leader should ensure he does not lose his leadership position in an effort to empower members. The second project manager needs to work on his listening skills.
His high handedness was not always appreciated by the members, especially the more reserved ones. Some viewed it as overpowering and as Yun, Cox & Sims (2007) argue, such direct leadership may lead to negative reactions from the members. The pressure to meet deadlines may have led to some members doing work that did not meet the team’ s quality in an effort to save face. He needs to adopt some traits of democratic leadership such as giving consideration to individual effort and be more tolerant of normal failure.
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