发表于:2022-08-17 17:38:07 范文

Understanding oneself is one of the key aspects that define whether one would be successfully in life or not. In this regard, knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as understanding what one is able to do effectively plays a critical role in placing one in a position whether he or she can achieve high performance levels. In reference to Drucker (1999) understanding the self is one of the key aspects that a person needs to consider in order to determine where he or she fits and as such, can make the greatest contribution. Importantly, as a person, understanding the self is not a one-time event. On the contrary, this is a continuous process that takes place in my entire life. This is affirmed by Alvesson (2017) who in reference to leadership reiterates that leadership is a process and a relationship that develops over time rather than in a single event. With this in mind, I will focus in this reflexive journal on my leadership capabilities based on what I have learned in my course this semester. In particular, I will focus on my leadership strengths, my values as far as leadership is concerned, what I want to contribute in terms of leadership, areas that require improvement, and my learning plan, both short term and long term.


One of the critical aspects that I consider in this essay in relation to leadership regards how I perform, as well as my leadership strengths. To begin with, to establish how I perform, I evaluated whether I am a listener or a reader. An analysis of the feedback I have received from my peers and tutors as well as an evaluation of how I perform especially when engaged in group work, I have noticed that I perform well and I am able to effectively and clearly articulate myself when I write down the issues I intend to address as compared to when I just listen to others and address such issues. Speaking from this perspective, I think I am a reader rather than a listener. In his analysis of how people perform as far as leadership is concerned, Drucker (1999) observes that readers tend to rely on what they wrote down in order to provide leadership while listeners are able to capture details by relying on their listening skills, thus providing effective leadership without necessarily writing anything down. Whereas my writing is not necessarily in form of long speeches written in a particular way, I found it easier to gain an understanding of an issue first by reading about it before presenting it before other people.


Apart from being a reader, I also found out that I was comfortable working under another person rather than being at the top as a decision maker. In this regard, I think my strengths lies in being an advisor rather than being a decision-maker. In reference to Drucker (1999), some people perform well when they are subordinate rather than when they are the key leaders making critical decisions on behalf of the group or team they are leading. With this in mind, I particularly found out that it was easier for me to work under the leadership of another person rather than to be the key person in groups. One of the questions that emerge regards why I prefer to follow rather than lead. From a personal point of view, I think I have personality traits that makes me to prefer staying and working in the background rather than being in the limelight. In reference to Forsyth (2009), some people by nature have certain personal qualities such as skills, temperament, and intelligence that predispose them to be followers rather than leaders and vice versa. With this in mind, I think I have introvert personality traits and as such, I do not like to find myself in a place where I am the centre of focus.