When looking at category 9-Sharpen the Saw revealed one of my lowest scores. This category would be the one of most needed improvement. I spend a lot of time focusing on work even when I’m not at work. I’m on call twenty-four hours a day. I not only sacrifice my personal time, but it takes a toll on my wellbeing as well. Instead of taking time to detach and rejuvenate, I spend time making sure deadlines are met and tasks are complete. I care for other people and sometimes put myself last. A good leader needs to be a healthy leader as well. I must take time topreserve and enhance the greatest asset which is myself. Think Win-Win category 6 I scored good which was surprising to me. I am a team player, but I often end up in the spotlight. I am confident in my decisions and consider the opinions of others. I’m nice when I need to be, but tough when needed. I’m balanced in this area enough to know the end goal is success. In category 7-Seek first to understand I scored good. In the past my only focus was to get my point across, but lately I’ve been more open to hearing the thoughts of others as well. Many people listen with the intent to reply opposed to listening for understanding. This is an area I will continue to work at improving as communication is an important aspect of leadership. A2. Leadership Practice According to Walls (2012), “Situational leadership can be described as the inter-relation between the task behavior (that is giving instruction, direction, guidance, and the relationship behavior, listening, support, and value” (p.31).Hersey and Blanchard suggested that there are four primary leadership styles: telling/directing, selling/coaching, participating, and delegating. I believe this theory applies to me the most
Managing Organizations & Leading People Williamsbecause the day to day operations are a focus of mine. I attempt to keep my team motivated while making the expectations clear to achieve optimum performance. StrengthsOne of the strengths I possess is flexibility. I understand every person is different, and I’m able to modify my leadership style accordingly. Each staff performs differently based on their level of maturity. Being flexible allows me to meet them where they are and identify areas of improvement. According to Walls (2019), “Situational leadership requires the person leading to be flexible and modify their behavior to suit individuality rather than using a single approach” (p.31). This approach has been effective in my current leadership role as staff retention has increased. The second strength I possess is the ability to create bonds with not only my employees, but other teammates as well. I don’t look at them as just an employee, but as a person. I take interest in their overall wellbeing as employees, and in turn create a more productive working atmosphere. I allow my employees to get to know me as well and promote transparency.