Determining Your Perfect Position In 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 and open with his or her views and values, these self-assessments reflects it, which enables one to develop and grow in his or her leadership style. The self-assessment used for this assignment contains six areas and each area is analyzed and interpreted. The analysis and interpretation gives one 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 to which one is task or people oriented indicates that one’s concern for people or people-orientation which 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 which focuses on getting the job done is also high with a score of 17. This self-assessment states that the “best leaders are ones that can balance their task/people orientation to various situations” and a high score on both task/people orientation indicates this balance (Pfeiffer and Jones, 1974). The self-assessment that follows asked “How Charismatic Am I?” and one having a high score in this area 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 a total of 120 which makes him or her a highly charismatic leader. This type of leader possesses high self-confidence and strong convictions about their beliefs and followers are attracted to charismatic-types (Sashkin and Morris, 1987). The third self-assessment asked “Do I Trust Others?” 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 low faith-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 would have 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 in this assessment asked “Do Others See Me as Trustworthy?” and a high score in this selfassessment indicate high trustworthiness toward one as perceived by others. In this self-assessment “Do Others See Me as Trustworthy?” the analysis and interpretation states 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 and leaders must be trusted by those they lead, their followers (Bromiley and Cummings, 1996). A trustworthy 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?” the analysis and interpretation states that a score of 22 or higher indicates that one have excellent skills at disciplining. Since one scored a 23 on this assessment, as a leader, one understand that effective discipline recognizes the need to provide ample warning, act in a timely fashion, use a calm and serious tone, is specific about the problem, keep the process impersonal, and understands 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 and Leading a Team?” assesses team development behaviors in five areas. The analysis and interpretation in this final area of self-assessment “How Good Am I At Building and Leading a Team?” assesses team development behaviors in diagnosing team development; managing the forming stage; managing the conforming stage; managing the storming 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 one must also learn or become familiar with the different leadership theories that applies to the different styles. In becoming a better leader many leadership styles and leadership theories maybe 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 story of 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. In restructuring the program more advertisements on the radio and more appearances on the local television stations have helped in recruitment and services offered to the veteran. Veterans already 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 successful completed 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 the mission of the program and does whatever it takes to ensure the program’s success which is reflected in her daily contact with veterans and regular college students Veterans as well as other college students can become discouraged with everything that is going on in their lives, and they find it easy just too drop out of school until they are referred to one who have been there, done that. After discussing their situations with one, many of these students remained in school and successfully completed their degree. The self-assessments that one has participated in while enrolled in this course will help her to become a much better leader.
Knowing and understanding one’s strengths and weaknesses as reflected in the selfassessments paints a picture of a leader who is a peoples person and one that believes in getting the job done. One is also viewed by his or her peers as having extraordinary leadership skills with high regard for one’s beliefs and is very trustworthy. As one continues to travel this never ending path of empowering people to be the best they can be, will enable one to be the best leader and or manager he or she can be.