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Your Name Here MGMT5800 Date Assignment Submitted Leadership Reflection Questions Week X ( enter week number as appropriate) Part I. The Leadership Challenge 1. The authors, Kouzes & Posner, identified five leadership practices (consistent behaviors) through years of extensive research with thousands of participants. Discuss the section “Credibility is the Foundation of Leadership” addressing the following questions: a. Do leaders really need to be honest – isn’t it OK to lie a little, cover-up facts, break promises because of circumstances? It is not good for leaders to lie. Therefore, I believe that no leader is supposed to lie. Being honest is a leadership virtue which every leader ought to possess at any time anywhere as they deliver services to the people. It is important for a leader not to hide facts to avoid breaking promises that they have made to people. The position of a leader is an open position where none is expected to lie even in the sense that there a truthful one is absent from the scene. Being truthful keeps a leader at peace with the people and gives them a chance to deliver good services to the people. b. What are the social consequences of dishonest behavior? Dishonest behavior makes leaders loose trust from the people they are leading. Distrust is a social consequence which can greatly affect the productivity of a leader as the people will not support the agendas of a dishonest leader. Being a leader in a team calls for honest and being free to mingle with members of the team freely without discrimination. Being honest and free with the team members empowers teamwork which then enhances the productivity of a team. Leaders should be aware that it is hard to build trust with the team, but it is event much harder to regain trust once lost. Therefore, leaders ought to be certain and honest at all times. c. What are the “natural” consequences (impact on self-concept, trust, confidence, etc.)? Some of the natural consequences include failure to deliver on the duties. Dishonest leaders are never at peace with the team. It is hard for people to buy in the ideas proposed by dishonest leaders. People will not trust the leaders as well as put a lot of pressure on the leaders. The leaders fail to understand what makes them fail over and over. It will also be difficult for the leaders to go back to the team and ask for favors that come with the leadership package. Leaders, therefore, ought to be honest to avoid consequences that come with being dishonest.
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