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Determining Your Perfect Position

Determining Your Perfect Position

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Determining Your 
 
Perfect PositionIn determining one’s perfect position within an organization, one must identify his or her strengths and weaknesses of his or her 
 
 personal leadership style. As a student at the University of Phoenix, one may accomplish this by participating in self-assessments. When one is earnest andopen with his or her 
 
views and values, these self-assessments reflects it, which enables one todevelop and grow in his or her leadership style. The self-assessment used for this assignmentcontains six areas and each area is analyzed and interpreted. The analysis and interpretation givesone a true picture of his or her strengths and weaknesses in a leadership role as a Counselor helping veterans to enter and be successful in post-secondary education.The first self-assessment asked “What’s My Leadership Style?” which taps the degree towhich one is task or people oriented indicates that one’s concern for people or people-orientationwhich focuses on group interactions and the needs of individual members is high with a score of eight. The self-assessment also indicated that one’s concern for task or task-orientation whichfocuses on getting the job done is also high with a score of 17. This self-assessment states thatthe “best leaders are ones that can balance their task/people orientation to various situations” anda high score on both task/people orientation indicates this balance (Pfeiffer and Jones, 1974). Theself-assessment that follows asked “How Charismatic Am I?” and one having a high score in thisarea is considered by followers as having heroic or extraordinary leadership abilities.The self-assessment of “How Charismatic Am I?” indicates that one scored 111 out of atotal of 120 which makes him or her a highly charismatic leader. This type of leader possesseshigh self-confidence and strong convictions about their beliefs and followers are attracted tocharismatic-types (Sashkin and Morris, 1987). The third self-assessment asked “Do I TrustOthers?” with one being the high score and five being the lowest score.
 
One’s score in this area of self-assessment was a one, a high score but one who have lowfaith-in-people. This type of leader is more likely to choose majors such as sales-promotion, business finance, and advertising. The assessment also indicated that this type of leader wouldhave trouble trusting others, working on teams, or acting as an empowering leader (Rosenberg,1957). One having a degree in finance would agree with this self-assessment. The fourth area inthis assessment asked “Do Others See Me as Trustworthy?” and a high score in this self-assessment indicate high trustworthiness toward one as perceived by others.In this self-assessment “Do Others See Me as Trustworthy?” the analysis and interpretationstates that the higher one’s score, the more one is perceived as a person whom
 
can be trusted;therefore,
 
one’s score of 62
 
suggest that others are likely to perceive one as trustworthy andleaders must be trusted by those they lead, their followers (Bromiley and Cummings, 1996). Atrustworthy leader must also be able to discipline on a fair and even basis.In this area of self-assessment, the question “How Good Am I At Disciplining Others?” theanalysis and interpretation states that a score of 22 or higher indicates that one have excellentskills at disciplining. Since one scored a 23 on this assessment, as a leader, one understand thateffective discipline recognizes the need to provide ample warning, act in a timely fashion, use acalm and serious tone, is specific about the problem, keep the process impersonal, andunderstands that disciplinary action should be progressive and consider mitigating circumstances(Robbins, 1989). The final area in the self-assessments asked “How Good Am I At Building andLeading a Team?” assesses team development behaviors in five areas.The analysis and interpretation in this final area of self-assessment “How Good Am I AtBuilding and Leading a Team?” assesses team development behaviors in diagnosing teamdevelopment; managing the forming stage; managing the conforming stage; managing thestorming stage, and managing the performing stage. On this self-assessment, one scored 106 and
 
is considered to be in the “top quartile” in relations with other leaders (Whetten and Cameron,1995). Even though one scored very high on this assessment, as a leader, one must remember there is
 
always room for growth and improvement. In learning the different leadership styles onemust also learn or become familiar with the different leadership theories that applies to thedifferent styles. In becoming a better leader 
 
many leadership styles and leadership theoriesmaybe incorporated or combined.In comparing and contrasting the leadership theories in one’s readings, the charismatic or transformational theory seen to be the best fit. In working with veterans, one often tells her storyof being a non-traditional student and the first of 11
 
children to earn an undergraduate degree.One’s story has encouraged the old and young alike to pursue their educational endeavors. Inrestructuring the program more advertisements on the radio and more appearances on the localtelevision stations have helped in recruitment and services offered to the veteran. Veteransalready know how to go “above and beyond the call of duty” and because of them, one’s program has been successful for over 20
 
years. Over two hundred veterans have successfulcompleted their post-secondary education by attending this program. As a charismatic leader,one makes the personal sacrifices in the interest of the success of the program by working after hours and on weekends. To complete a report or assist a veteran, one knows and understands themission of the program and does whatever it takes
 
to ensure the program’s success which isreflected in her daily contact with veterans and regular college students
 
Veterans as well as other college students can become discouraged with everything that isgoing on in their lives, and they find it easy just too drop out of school until they are referred toone who have been there, done that. After discussing
 
their situations with one, many of thesestudents remained in school and successfully completed their degree. The self-assessments thatone has participated in while enrolled in this course will help her to become a much better leader.

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