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Leadership Reflections NOVEMBER AARON ERVIN
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Ervin Abstract The last set of questionnaires called for us to look at various forms of leadership. Some I was familiar with, such as Servant Leadership and Authentic Leadership. Others such as: Team Leadership, Psychodynamic Leadership, and Adaptive Leadership, I had not learned about. A part of these questionnaires was also a few things that can potentially change the way someone leads or how they view leadership. Ethics, Gender, and Culture all have results on how a person defines leadership and how they respond to leadership. Not only did I do the questionnaires, but I also took time to reflect on why I believe certain things about leadership, but also do certain things as a leader. 2
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Ervin Authentic Leadership The first one I was able to study was Authentic Leadership. Authentic Leadership looks at 5 different characteristics. Passion, Consistency, Compassion, Connectedness and Behavior. Authentic leaders are self-aware and genuine. Authentic leaders are individuals who are aware of strengths, limitations, and emotions. They are genuine in their interactions with their followers. They are consistent in their actions, and they don’t hide their mistakes or weaknesses out of fear of looking weak. They also understand that being fully self-aware is an endless journey. Every day is an opportunity to learn more about oneself. Authentic leaders are mission driven and focused on results. They are able to put the mission and the goals of the organization ahead of their own self-interest. They do the job in pursuit of results. This mentality is amazing because it has the ability to rub off on people, and eventually it will become the culture of a certain workplace. The last major part of being an authentic leader is leading with the heart, rather than the head. When one does this, they show that they are not afraid to show their emotions. Vulnerability can play a major part in helping they employer to help connect with employees. A common misconception is that leaders that become this connected with their followers lose power and respect. On the contrary, communicating in a direct manner is critical to successful outcomes, and when it’s done with empathy it can increase the rate of success. The empathy is critical because a direct order with no empathy can be perceived as cruel. The scoring was broken into 4 categories. These categories consisted of Self-Awareness, Internalized Moral Perspective, Relational Transparency, and Balanced Processing. I scored high 3
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Ervin in all the categories except Relational Transparency. When I was trying to understand why my score in that category might have been lower than the other ones I was able to come to the conclusion that I often times struggle to be my true self in front of others. However, once I become comfortable with people, my true self begins to shine through. Even though it’s not a major reoccurring problem, I aspire to be at the point where I am able to be my true self in front of every person, but especially those I am not familiar with.
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