Leadership traits and personal learnings
I grew up seeing my father and held him as my role model. He is a gifted man with great intuitive skills. In every venture he takes up a plan. He plans well in advance and after analysing the pros and cons decides on the corrective measure. He is an entrepreneur by profession and his inept capability of foreseeing the future is second to none. To me he is an effective leader. When it comes to effective communication and leadership skills, my father falls in a league of his own. Starting with a very small capital he is now chairman of a conglomerate and a bank named Shahjalal Islami Bank Limited in Bangladesh, managing director of a public limited company named Sonali Board and Paper Mills and director of couple of television channels and newspaper. As a man of few words he makes sure that his thoughts are passed to his subordinates effectively and with ease. I have always tried to follow what he does and make my own way of dealing with things. He is proactive in his approach and moves on to new issues of concern once the preceding one has been solved.
When it comes to learning, I look at people who are technically more sound and have a good sense of judgement. I can perceive what is good and what is bad but I still make sure I look at the surrounding environment before I embark on a new decision. Leadership skills are present in a person all you need to do is find out what you are good at. Some people are good at problem solving some are good at implementation. I believe that I have a good mix of all the traits necessary to become a good leader. I am an honest person; I look at the ethical perspectives and decide on producers which will not harm anyone. I hardly take any hasty decision and before deciding I always like to get an expert opinion. I always delegate work according to need, people working under me are always happy with their work load and hardly do I see anyone complaining to me about work related pressure. I communicate well and make sure that whatever is in my mind which can be shared is shared accordingly to attain optimal results. I have a good sense of humour and thus uplift my subordinate’s mood as and when required. I am confident and also make sure that people who I work with are provided with confidence boosters. I am a highly committed person and I also like people who are passionate and committed to achieve high standards or targets. I am a positive person, my attitude towards work remains positive at all times even if I am working on something new or doing it for a long time as this helps me to finish the work in due time and move to the next one or multitask to complete many tasks at the same time with ease.
People I work with say that I am very creative and that I come up with interesting solutions to problems of diverse backgrounds. I have the ability to inspire and get inspired from the simple situations. I am intuitive and charismatic. Being the leader in charge I am bestowed the authority to make the decision, yet I have to keep in mind that it is my responsibilities to answer in case my team fails and thus take full responsibility of the situation and face the consequences. My father told me that authority and responsibility are positively correlated. I need to learn from body language and reactions, as this will help me judge situations better and making sure that the people involved are in harmony. Consult with other team member, mangers and leaders to come to a consensus and help reach a more valid and updated result.
According to Tate (2010), conventional wisdom interprets that we humans live in an individual economy, and that companies and economy flourish when individuals do go and flourish. It is always good to be humane and be natural in practise and analysis. I try to bring in empathy, insight and understanding opposing to the generally practiced. Humanity inspires and consoles and helps a person to be more realistic. Everything should be inclusive and everyone in a team should be given the power to speak and enhance team discussion. Taking up a collective approach always help in problem solving as solutions are more holistic and corrective measures are more result oriented. Thus all the aforementioned traits and practises will surely make me a better manager and a better leader.
Tate, W. (2010). Think, manage and lead systemically. Business Strategy Review, 21(2), 48-53.
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