My personal goal is to become a great manager of the 21st century. I understand that such a position carries significant management responsibility and personality characteristics that must synthesize the most important topics of management such as leadership, personality, motivation, decision making, communication, and the importance of good management to a person and to society.
The interview with Renee’s made me think about some leadership precepts that impart to me. My interviewee’s personality, referring to a “Big Five” model can be characterized as the very successful for a good manager. According to five dimensions (extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability, and intellect), Renee has an average level of sociability and friendliness (Robbins et al., 2013). Moreover, this person is well-organized and dutiful enough, although is more relaxed than many other workers, that is why he is not prone to distress. Consequently, Renee’s character can be defined as appropriate for working with papers and people as well as the position requires. This person is also critical and straightforward, he has the qualities of a leader, is goal oriented and pragmatic. Renee needs to be socially important and has an ability to adjust to various situations.
A person must constantly work to achieve success in something. As for me, I have to work hard in order to become a cultivate self-discipline, guiding vision, determination, wisdom, fortitude, humility, patience and endurance. I already have the power of inspiration, am friendly, communicative, have a good sense of humor and knowledge of the subjects. To train all these features, I plan to use Mahatma Gandhi’s ten tips on how to change the world. These principles of leadership may be applied to the real life situations and used in my self-development.
Over some time, the opposition around a person will be weakened and then completely disappear. Internal resistance and a tendency to self-destruction that pulls a person back and prevents him/her from changing will disappear. One should understand what he/she really love to do. This will allow finding the inner motivation to continue walking further.
Usually, along with something good, there is something wrong in people. However, it depends on a person and what he/she looks for. If a person wants to make a difference, then the correct solution is to focus on the good side of people.
Considering the expectancy theory, one should remember that in order to make the employees work better, it is essential to provide them with the possibility to fulfill the steps that lead to the goals, which already exist in individuals’ minds (Ordóñez et al., 2009). One can always greatly improve his/ her skills, change habits or revise his/ her assessment. A person can gain a deeper accepting of the nature and the world around him/ her. Indeed, one can look illogical or not understand what he/ she is doing; moreover, have troubles in achieving harmony and sincere communication. However, if a person does not evolve, then, according to Gandhi, he/ she will put him/ herself in a losing position. The position in which one is trying to stick to or cling to the old views in order to continue to be logical even though deeply down he/ she may know that is not so. It would be better to choose a road of development and growth.
My personality and those of my colleagues, managers, and subordinates impact on my performance and experience of the workplace. Considering the expectancy theory, one should remember that in order to make the employees work better, it is essential to provide them with the possibility to fulfill the steps that lead to the goals, which already exist in individuals’ minds (Ordóñez et al., 2009). Only working in a good team where all participants interact with each other in a friendly manner creates the most effective work environment.
As to the leadership models, I adhere to the theory of leadership traits. According to this view of leadership, people are born with certain instincts, qualities and specific personality traits that make them more or less suitable for the role of a leader that is the foundation of leadership. However, the weakness of such theories is that not all people with relevant qualities really show themselves as leaders.
However, I believe that I have leadership qualities and I train myself taking into account the results of the Johari Window assessment. Firstly, if a person is a chief, he/she really needs management skills. Today, project managers need to have management skills to effectively perform their tasks in the organization. Most project managers have good technical skills with which they can calculate all the risks associated with a project, but sometimes they lack important social skills needed to show truly effectiveness. Long-term success of the project managers and the potential for growth are limited if they do not have the most important practical skills.
Therefore, there are several specific communication skills that project managers need to have in order to perform their tasks: ability to lead, teambuilding, motivation, communication, influence, decision-making, political and cultural awareness, and negotiation skills. I believe that I have most of them.
My other skills that are important to the people running the project teams include education, the settlement of the conflict, development/ motivation/ inspiration of others, planning time/ task priorities, problem-solving, presentation skills, and goal setting/ devolution.
All of these communication skills and management skills are necessary for a leader in order to effectively manage projects, contribute to the success of projects managed by them, and show their value to the organization that goes beyond their ability to create a work breakdown structure or risk management plan. We must not forget about the other important skills, including the ability to work with others, the ability to think about the future, to anticipate potential problems, risks, etc. I believe that sense of humor is often necessary when time is limited, and workload seems unbearable. Other features are the ability to manage organizational work and good organizational skills.
It is not an easy work to up bring a successful manager, but in light of the leadership models, several tenets of motivation theory impact my conception of the best practices of an effective management. I absolutely agree with McClelland statement that “for the effective work and motivation of subordinates a leader must understand the nature of the work” (Miner, 2005). It means that only a good employee, who has worked honestly as an ordinary worker can become a first-class chief.
Goal- setting theory, expectancy theory are also similar with Maslow’s theory where he underlines five basic types of needs: physiological needs; safety needs; social needs; the need for respect and self-assertion; the need for self-expression takes not just to be an effective employee or a successful manager, but and an exemplary citizen of society, the best family member.
Hard work is the most important quality of a good citizen, a family member and a friend. To meet all the above mentioned needs, a person must constantly work on him/ herself, and take into account not only his/ her own interests. Such caring, honest and hard-working people become good friends, family members and workers, that together means to be an excellent citizen of a country and a resident of the Earth.
History knows many examples when the real success comes to those who choose the seemingly unattainable goal, which was much higher than their ability at the time of selection. Each person can become successful, if he/ she manage to develop a necessary quality.
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