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Strategic skills and putting vision and mission: The reason for giving rating 8 because putting vision and right strategy would make you complete the assignment as an example for this assignment my vision is to get the clear understanding of the topic and course and mission to get the good marks.
Team work: As the previous assignment was group one so team work was an essential part. A proper input of everyone ideas would make things more clear and would give an opportunity to find out any possible problems and we can know about other people's opinions.
Dedication and influencing others: A joint team work and making every member to get to the same pace is very important to achieve any task which requires team work. I believe that if everyone has their own quality thinking and when we combine these skills together that would result into more fruitful results and help to achieve the goals in a better way effectively and efficiently.
Current leadership strengths that I believe myself mastered in:
Team work and building skills: I feel that I am pretty confident in building relationships and go ahead starting the talk in team work. I do understand to take everyone opinions which provide the opportunity to see the things from different views and angles that would result the outcome more correct and efficient.
Planning skills (before hand): Before starting any task planning or making a draft of that task for me is very important. As an example of before making this assignment a draft was made by me which made to complete this assignment successfully and on time.
Strategic skills -Putting vision and mission is another thing I would always keep in mind before starting any task. This would help me to find out what exactly i am expecting at the completion of the assignment as an example vision and mission of this assignment will be understanding the concepts clearly and mission to get good grades.
Less commitment towards work is one of the weaknesses that identified in me. Continuous dedication and not being laid back is one thing I want to improve.
Less adaptation to leading changing skills: I am bit reluctant to bring the change which is one of the weaknesses for the leadership skills. Being confident towards bringing the change is very important to get the success or achieving goals rather being monotonous.
Easily demotivated towards any failures.
Three goals to achieve by the end of the course:
Continuous commitment towards work. Not being laid back and making myself more skilled in time management skills.
More open to changes (changing skills) as it's one of the important skills to become an effective leader.
Doing more team work and building my confidence towards any failures.
Action Plan and Measurement of the Success of personal plan:
I will be making a plan on the basis of the rating given ranging from 10 TO 1 where 10 mean achieved till 1 mean not achieved or not at all satisfied.
Achieving these goals by putting these different factors below:
Checking and Putting Enthusiasm and ability: I will be practising ability and enthusiasm to do the work more confidently and with the course knowledge as it would help me to be more open to the changes and bringing new ideas to the goals.
Stability: Putting stability would help me to achieve the more commitment towards work and help to avoid any laid back issues. Stability in any terms of personal or professional problems and keeping them aside will be another talk in achieving my hundred percent focus and avoiding any kind of demotivation towards failures.
Another factor which will help in achieving my goals to get more self confidence and persistence .Together combining all these actions will help me to achieve all the goals with the right action plan.
Leadership concepts and theories that can be useful in achieving these goals:
Hersey and Blanchard's Situational Leadership
I believe that the concept of Hersey and Blanchard's concept can be useful to achieve the goals mentioned above.
Telling / Directing
Leader: High task focus, low relationship focus
This task below can help me in finding out if there is any less motivation or dedication towards the goal. It would help me to achieve the goals more confidently.
The first thing is to find out why the member is not motivated and if there are any limitations in ability. These two factors may be linked, for example where a person believes that he/she is less capable then they should look for some form of denial or pitfalls needs to be checked.
I can achieve these goals by practising effective listening and advising and where appropriate helping myself with what other team member's are saying .This will help building more confidence towards changes that I lack.
Participating / Supporting
Participating myself in the team activities and in other tasks would help me building up my confidence and encouraging teamwork.
Delegating / Observing
Observing and delegating other member in the class or outside environment would help me in achieving the goals more effectively as it would tell me how to see the things with different people's point of view.
Part B-Benchmarking Process
Leader: Mahatma Gandhi
Background of Mahatma Gandhi:
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi born on 2 October 1869 - 30 January 1948 was the pre-eminent political and spiritual leader of India during the Indian independence movement. He pioneered satyagraha-resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, a philosophy firmly founded upon ahimsa, or total nonviolence, which helped India to gain independence, and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Gandhi is often referred to as Mahatma Gandhi or "Great Soul. He is officially honoured in India as the Father of the Nation; his birthday, 2 October, is commemorated there as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence.(http://en.wikipedia.org,n.d)
Awards for Mahatma Gandhi:
Time magazine named Gandhi the Man of the Year in 1930. Gandhi was also the runner-up to Albert Einstein as "Person of the Century" at the end of 1999. Time Magazine named The 14th Dalai Lama, Lech WaÅ‚Ä™sa, Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Aung San Suu Kyi, Benigno Aquino, Jr., Desmond Tutu, and Nelson Mandela as Children of Gandhi and his spiritual heirs to non-violence. The Government of India awards the annual Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize to distinguished social workers, world leaders and citizens. Nelson Mandela, the leader of South Africa's struggle to eradicate racial discrimination and segregation, is a prominent non-Indian recipient.
Skills to be Benchmarked:
Mahatma Gandhi was Inspirational and strategist leader .His major life was spent on practising non-violence and getting the independence of India from the British Empire.
Strengths of the leader supported by the relevant evidence:
There are various strengths of Mahatma Gandhi out of that one of the major ones are commitment towards his values and then achieving his goals .As an example Gandhi was repeatedly imprisoned by the British and resorted to hunger strikes as part of his civil disobedience. His final imprisonment came in 1942-44, after he had demanded total withdrawal of the British (the "Quit India" movement) during World War II. While some in India viewed Gandhi as not protesting against violence directed against the British, Gandhi spent much time in fasting, grieving over partition of the country, and trying to quell violence. As well as struggling for political independence, Gandhi fought to improve the status of the lowest classes of society, the casteless untouchables. He was a believer in manual labor and simple living; he spun the thread and wove the cloth for his own garments and insisted that his followers do so, too. He disagreed with those who wanted India to become a country (answers.yahoo.com)
(The bold characters does show his strengths of Gandhi's commitments towards his values and beliefs in achieving his goals)
Identification of skills and implementing on individual development
Leadership skills of Gandhi like Inspiration, commitments towards his values and using strategically mind to implement and make the people believe that he can help India to get the independence from the British Empire.
As an example I have made an attempt to use one of the leadership theories and identified the skills that I hold and also tried implementing Gandhi's strengths to implement on it to make it a better individual development plan.
Skills and qualities identified in me: Skills like can do attitude and interest in grasping information and utilizing resources available and then implementing on any goals that needs to be achieved.
Skills would like to implement from Gandhi principles are Commitment towards the work and influencing and motivating others to become more effective leader rather than a manager in near future
Self assessment of Leadership skills:
Current leadership skills: I have tried mentioning most of the leadership skills that I relevantly see in myself.
As an example: Team work-Doing any Task it's really important to do the team work and talking advise from everybody so the result would come with a mutual relation and more accurately.
Vision and strategy: As an example in this assessment my vision and strategy is to do things as accurately as I can and achieve good grades & setting the targets to achieve that.
Planning before hand: Doing any task and thinking before hand is one of the things that I always keep in my mind. As a result that gives me good time frame to do the work and avoid mistakes. There are other leadership skills like motivation and influencing other's are some of those qualities that I hold.
Less commitment towards work is one of the weaknesses that I identified in myself. Continuous dedication and not being laid back is one thing I want to improve.
Easily demotivated towards any failures
Why Chosen leader is effective:
Mahatma Gandhi is one of the leaders who never demotivated with the failures. It's seen regardless of so many struggles and opposition from the British, he always been on his path to achieve his goal.
Another major quality of Mahatma Gandhi was influencing and motivation people and doing the things in team work .As an example His idea was that true self-rule in a country means that every person rules his or herself and that there is no state which enforces laws upon the people. This would be achieved over time with non-violent conflict mediation, as power is divested from layers of hierarchical authorities, ultimately to the individual, which would come to embody the ethic of non-violence. Rather than a system where rights are enforced by a higher authority, people are self-governed by mutual responsibilities (en.wikipedia.org, n.d)
To improve my leadership skills and avoid less commitment, easily demotivation is to follow the Mahatma Gandhi traits and implement his practices.
Mahatma Gandhi's skills like motivation and influencing other's and his commitments towards his goals were very successful in his struggle for freedom.These are traits I would like to apply in my personality so that I can be more confident and can achieve my goals more easily.
Leaderships techniques like: Implementing and practicing dedication towards work. Putting hundred percent commitment and not being laid back.
Doing more team work and avoid any kind of early demotivation for any sought of failures.
After making this report and my experience of examining and learning about myself and my chosen leader as a result I found the maturity level been increased and it helped me in reaching the goals more effectively and easily.
As an example: Doing this assignment I felt more confident and gave my hundred percent efforts to understand the topic and was very motivated and had firm faith that I would be able to pass this course with good grades and learn some new things that would later help me to become a successful leader sometime in future.