When I think about leadership, I never realized how
important it is to critically analyze and reflect on how true or authentic I am
as a leader. When I think of myself in a leadership position, at that moment I
do not critically analyze how I am performing as a leader. I am caught up in my
own world worrying about how people portray me, are they willing to follow my
lead? Am I appropriately dressed for the occasion? Or, just simply, do they
like me? I think these are the worries and insecurities that get in the way of
analyzing my true leadership skills.
There are also several insecurities that get in the way of
my engaging in true, authentic self-reflection. One of my major
fears/roadblocks is trying to be a person I am not; in other words, not being
true to myself. Trying to live up to an expectation, whether around family or
friends, there is a certain pressure or a legacy I try to keep that gets in the
way of truly reflecting. It doesn’t matter if I have failed or not, it’s that
constant reminder, or I am trying to convince myself that I can be that person
my family or friends want me to be.
Identifying and understanding one’s personal strengths is
key to being a successful leader. Knowing our strengths means we can focus on
the efforts to maximize results, in our self and in others. Identifying and
applying these strengths to the leadership style, will enhance my effectiveness
as a transformational leader. After taking the Strength Finder assessment, my
five strengths were determined to be Includer, Discipline, Restorative,
Harmony, Consistency. The first class of Leadership Community began with a
discussion on leadership and top five strengths possessed by each of my MBA
Cohort. All the cohorts had to chose a partner with whom they would share their
top five strengths and vice versa. I chose Aziza as my partner for this in
class exercise. Since we did not have enough interaction with one another and
have not worked with her in any of the group projects, we did not know that we
both shared common strengths. Aziza’s top five strengths are- restorative,
connector, consistency, relator and achiever.
I am a focused and disciplined. In terms of focus, I
typically do document my goals and create action plans for how to achieve
them. I believe that by creating
short-term plans, I can reach my long-term goals. I am diligent and persistent; this
When I think of the word discipline, I believe it is
necessary in everyday life.
Instinctively, I aim to finish tasks before they are due. Having a detailed game plan and implementing
it with precision frees me and allows me to produce desired outcomes
repeatedly. I am very attentive to all
the aspects and details of my environments.
The people in my life have always commended me for doing what needs
doing on time and in accordance with established rules and processes.
Talking about Aziza’s strengths, as an achiever, she chases
new projects with ease and enthusiasm.
The opportunity to do something better, more perfectly, or more
completely than ever before, motivates any individual to higher levels of
excellence. One should always aim to
overcome limits and fix mistakes. Person’s
success depends on being able to achieve and supersede milestones.
Consistency is the key to success in business and life.
Individuals with this type of strength do have the ability to see what is fair and equitable to others. Balance
is important to them, and each individual should be treated fairly. People want
to avoid injustice, support and volunteer for causes that seek equal and fair
treatment of people.
Restorative is another strength that we have in
common.Restorative simply means problem solver. Whereas some people are
dismayed when they encounter yet another breakdown, we can be energized by it
and enjoy the challenge of analyzing the symptoms, identifying what is wrong,
and finding the solution. It is a wonderful feeling to identify the undermining
factor(s), eradicate them, and restore something to its true glory. Whether
this happens with things, people, systems, organizations, structures or
intellectual problems, the strength of Restorative does the same thing,
discover what is not working, seek resolution, guide people and increase
efficiency. Take the example of a computer technician who, with a few key strokes
can solve a mind-numbing bug. This is the way a person with Restorative works.
They simply know what to do to return something to like-new condition.
All these strengths play a vital role in building new
connections and give us experience every day in our life. Leadership is an
important function of management, which helps to maximize efficiency and to
achieve individual and organizational goals.