Are You a Collaborative Leader?’ At this stage in your studies of business and leadership, what type of leader are you? And how ready are you to lead others? Watch the following podcast about the experience of being managed and led by others.
Since my growing years I have looked at situations with a distinct approach and identified solutions to every possible circumstance analytically. Coming from a creative back ground of fine arts, I have always enriched my understanding with an out of the box thinking. I am a self motivated person and believe in keeping people around me with the same spirit. As I begin to see myself clearly, I am more authentic with innovative approach and intellect motivates me and has given way to transformational leader qualities in me. A transformational leader inspires followers to change expectations, perceptions, and motivations to work towards common goals through the strength of their vision and personality.
Richard Branson is one such leader who inspires the spark of transformation in me. Richard Branson has always had the reputation for doing things differently, which has reflected in Virgin companies the world over. He has also sprinkled his views on business and life into decades of interviews, books and launches. His entrepreneurial projects started in the music industry and expanded into other sectors making Branson a billionaire. His Virgin Group holds more than 200 companies, including the recent Virgin Galactic, a space-tourism company. Branson is also known for his adventurous spirit and sporting achievements. Considering this, one can evaluate that leadership does not necessarily take place within the hierarchical structure of the organization. It occurs at different levels and can be manifested in different ways. The emphasis of leadership is on interpersonal behavior in a broader context.
For example, (Beblin) suggests that: “there is a clear implication that leadership is not part of the job but a quality that can be brought to a job…The work that leadership encompasses in the context clearly is not assigned but comes about spontaneously.”
‘As much as you need a strong personality to build a business from scratch, you also must understand the art of delegation. I have to be good at helping people run the individual businesses, and I have to be willing to step back. The company must be set up so it can continue without me.’ Richard Branson
I have been fortunate to lead and manage three culturally diverse groups during this term. This enabled me to build a repo and recognize myself with my peers and to comprehend that; In spite of being culturally diverse individuals can make their best contributions through collective approach. My team was managed in a way that leads them with a scope of freedom to express their ideas and contributions with a choice of alternates and flexibilities of their achievable tasks in a well motivated manner. This in turn created a culture of mutual support and trust, reduced team stress and conflict, and made scope for more creative problem solving. Communication means expressing yourself and an effective communication is always a two way process and this has helped me not only to gain confidence but also to win over my peers. My peers found me a good listener and take on board their views and opinions in a constructive manner. Being innovative and at the same time attending to cultural diverse environment has helped me to increase my horizon and my capabilities for an efficient management for fashion Industry in future.
All the styles of leadership have their own merits. None is better that the other. Often one will find itself and others using a mix of those styles. What is more important is how we develop ourselves as a leader, and how we consciously work to nurture an effective leadership style. One such skill is of Collaborative leadership which I would like to develop in me while my MBA. This leadership skill will facilitate in me ability to manage two or more people in a group working toward a shared outcome in a manner that reflects collective ownership, authorship, use, and responsibility. Collaborative Leadership skill will help me balance individual and collective needs.Such an affiliated leadership focuses on emotional needs over work needs. Community professions are too complex for any one individual to manage; this style is particularly effective for healing rifts and getting through stressful situations in a management.
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