Week Fourteen (Week 12)

Chapter 12 Leading with Influence

Here are the main things I learned in this chapter. The first thing was about leadership and trust. It is important to influence employees to work. CEO Warren Buffet was important to be trusted, and with the chief executive officer and board of directors, there is the decision to fire them if needed.

There are four major classifications of leadership theories.

  1. Trait Theory – attempts a list of distinctive characteristics that account for leadership effectiveness.
  2. Situation Leadership Theory – theories that attempt to determine appropriate leadership styles for particular situations.
  3. Contemporary Leadership Theories – attempts to determine how effective leaders interact with, inspire, and support followers
  4. Behavioral Leadership Theory – attempt to determine distinctive styles used by effective leaders.
    1. Two – dimensional leadership styles –
      1. Structuring – the extent to which leader take d charge to plan, organize, leader and control as the employee performs the task.
      2. Considerations – the extent to which the leader communicates to develop trust, friendship, support, and respect. This focuses on developing relationships with employees.

I think that I see considerations is more of my style than structuring. I do think I need to work on structuring, so I need to work on that.

One type of leader that I thought of are visionary leaders. Visionary leaders create an image or an organization in the future that provides directions for setting goals and developing strategic plans.I think I really need to work on this one. I like to figure out what my vision is by myself, but it is hard for me to communicate with others on what my vision is.

Case: Apple’s Leadership Transition From Steve Jobs to Tim Cook

Jobs had a notorious micromanaging of his employees and his aggressive and demanding personality Some called him temperamental, aggressive, tough, intimidating, and very demanding. Cook is a quieter leader, seems to be more thoughtful and data-driven in his decision.

I would consider both Steve Jobs and Tim Cook as leaders. They both were able to delegate tasks to their employees, and they both were able to influence what they wanted their employees to do. Jobs was a really strict leader, but people still respected him. Cook was friendlier, and so he got respect for that fact. Cook used relationship- oriented and Jobs used task-oriented as their contingency leadership style. Jobs scared his employees, and Cook encouraged them. They both were able to innovate in different ways. I see myself more as wanting to work with Cook because I grow better with encouragement, rather than being scared.

Why read this chapter?

I am learning more about myself, and I think this quote was really eye-opening.

Your job as a leader is to have a compelling vision, develop a strategy for achieving that vision, and see that everyone is working together to implement the plan.

This was really insightful to learn about how I should see myself as a leader. A leader is not just to dictate people, but leaders are also there to help the overall environment of the company. It is hard to do, so I hope I can practice more on how it works. I also think it is important to be a team player.

How do we use this chapter?

It is also important to take more assessments to see how you are as a leader. This will better help your staff know how you are, and it is good to know your strengths and weaknesses. Professor Russ Ackoff says visionary leaders try to prevent threats, no merely prepare for them, and to create opportunities not merely exploit them. I hope to be a transformational leader, who is someone to bring about continuous learning, innovation, and change. They make their followers feel like a vital part of the firm. I know how it feels to feel left out, so I think I will try to make sure everyone is included in the conversation. It is important to create genuine relationships with the people you work with in order to create a good level of respect.

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