The Leadership Profile assignment seeks to expose you to leaders that exemplify leadership qualities.This provides an opportunity to consider (if you have not already)the qualities of leadership with which youmost identify.
Identify effective leadership traits.Search for a business leader that exemplifies the leadership trait.Identify the company and job title for each business leader.Include a description of how the leader exemplifies the leadership trait.Describe if the leadership trait inspires followership and why.
Effective Leadership Trait Name of Person That Exemplifies Leadership Trait Company Job Title Description of How Leader Exemplifies Leadership Trait Describe if the Leadership Trait Inspires Followership, and if so, How
Confidence William Hesketh Lever Unilever Founder The leader was responsible and dedicated in enhancing the self-esteem of all employees regardless of their social and economic class Confidence is very important for all leaders in encouraging their followers. Followers cannot desire to follow a leader who is not confident and courageous (Northouse, 2014).
Persistence Henry Ford Ford Motor Company Founder Henry tried many times to assemble the Ford Quadricycle without success. Later on, Henry invented the Ford Motor, which came up with the Model T. This led to Henry Ford among the wealthiest men in the world. This leadership trait is important in encouraging followers never to give up in whatever they do. Persistence helps followers to keep trying even when they fail (Northouse, 2014).
Determination Walter Elias Disney Walt Disney Company Board member He had been discouraged several times that he had no good ideas and lacked creativity. This never negatively affected him and he never gave up his imagination on animation production. As a leader or an entrepreneur, individuals are likely to meet discouraging words, which if taken seriously can kill the dreams, and vision that individuals have. This trait motivates followers that regardless of other people’s opinions, leaders should never give up on their dreams and focusing on their goals (Paul, 2016).
Strong and courageous Richard Branson Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson is not afraid to take risks and believes in taking risks beyond one’s comfort zone. Today he has over 400ncompanies across the world. For a leader to be successful in whatever goals he/she has set, one needs to be strong and courageous. This leadership trait motivates followers to engage in activities beyond their imagination, as this is important for success in any organization (Paul, 2016).
Being responsible for one’s mistakes Jeff Bezos Amazon CEO When Amazon deleted copies of unauthorized versions of Animal Farm, there was a lot of backlash from the customers of their products. The CEO publicly apologized on the mistake and accepted that the company’s way of addressing the issue was not right. Owning up to one’s mistakes is an act of responsibility and leaders should not pass blame to other innocent individuals. This trait inspires followership as employees want to be led by responsible leaders who do not pass blame to others rather seek solutions to issues arising in an organization (Paul, 2016).
Good relationship with fellow employees John D. Rockefeller Standard Oil Company Founder The leader realized the importance of relating well with other employees as he always stated that people would always work better for managers they like. This leadership trait is important in creating transparency and openness in an organization. If leaders relate well with their followers, they will be motivated to relate with the leader and also improve their performance (Northouse, 2014).
Passion Steve Jobs CEO and co-founder Apple Inc Steve Jobs was passionate with what he did and always surrounded himself with other great leaders. This helped him to improve on his leadership style. A leader who is not passionate on what he/she does will also discourage his/her team members. Followers always look up to their leaders behaviors, which influence their attitudes (Northouse, 2014).
Provide a 250-500 word summary that further explains the role of power and influence within leadership.Which traits do you believe will inspire others?What qualities do you believe will foster effective leadership?Provide at two to five references,which may include the textbook.
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The role of power and influence is important in leadership. The leadership role is a function, which should be used to nurture and inspire other members of the team and not a position to show and declare power for the negative reasons (Northouse, 2018). Leaders have a lot of influence on their followers and the performance of an organization is based on the leadership traits of the managers and other individuals in authority. A good leader will strengthen the organization through empowering the followers, which is important for teamwork (Northouse, 2018). Different interactions between leaders and their subordinates will influence the performance and perceptions of leadership in the organization. Leaders can use their power to influence other individuals’ behaviors through the utilization and control of organizational resources (Northouse, 2018). Leaders should also aim to influence the thoughts and attitudes of their followers in an organization. This can be achieved through their actions and words, which can be used to drive the team toward the same vision. This will lead to commitment, which is necessary for continuous success for the organization (Northouse, 2018).
Some of the leadership traits which will inspire others include being positive. This involves looking at the bright side of any situation (Linzey & Pierce, 2015). A leader will always face challenges and issues in the organization which if the leader focuses on the negative will achieve no results. Being positive will encourage and motivate their followers in times of troubles, which are bound to happen in an organizational setting (Linzey & Pierce, 2015). Another important leadership trait is being grateful and recognizing positive results. Members of a team feel motivated when their efforts are recognized. Team members who are not appreciated by their leader will be always be discouraged to achieve the same performance again (Linzey & Pierce, 2015). A leader who shows gratitude to his/her followers will definitely realize continuous success from the inspired team. Leaders should as well have a vision for the future. A leader without a vision for his team will definitely head in the wrong direction. An effective leader will have a clear vision for the future, which the leader can use to inspire his/her team members. A vision contains the road map and goals expected to be achieved by the team (Linzey & Pierce, 2015).
Qualities that will foster effective leadership include good listening skills. Without good listening skills, a leader is unable to solve some of the issues affecting the team. Listening also determines how a leader reacts to certain issues (Paul, 2016). This also inspires members to contribute their opinions towards the organizational goals and vision which is important for the success of the team. A team is meant for all involved to participate in the vision of the organization, which can be achieved by effective listening, as this will also enhance trust between the members and the leader (Paul, 2016). Good communication will also foster effective leadership. Without communication, an organization’s vision cannot be understood by the members and can lead to misunderstanding between the team members (Paul, 2016). Effective leaders will integrate effective communication channels to ensure that everyone is on board and knows exactly what his/her responsibilities are which is necessary in ensuring that all team members perform their duties effectively (Paul, 2016).
Linzey, J. F., ; Pierce, D. (2015). Moral leadership: The 9 leadership traits. Eugener, Oregon: Resource Publications.
Northouse, P. G. (2014). Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice. Sage Publications.
Northouse, P. G. (2018). Leadership: Theory and practice. Los Angeles : SAGE
Paul, A. (2016). Leadership: Skills, Behaviors ; Traits. Frankfurt am Main, (Germany): PL Academic Research.