Leadership Martin Luther King, Jr

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(2) Reflective journal of Leadership theory of tutorial session 02/02/2015
Lists of questionnaires were handed to students to determine what type of leadership they actually are based on points scored.
This test revealed that contrary to what I previously thought of me being a team management person, I was more of a people oriented (leader). Although it was (middle of the road) kind meaning that I can be task focused at times. My concern for people’s feelings seems higher and avoiding hurting other people emotionally when pursuing a organisational goal seems to prevail in my management style.
According to Zaleznik 1977 a good leader should be able to “take in emotional signals and make them meaningful in a relationship”. In other terms to be a successful leader, one’s has to be able to bring the best out of your followers by relating to them emotionally, understanding their different personalities in order to create mutual cooperation and trust.
The only problem I discover with being too emotional in the pursuit of an organisational goal is that in some cases controlling emotions could be difficult and lead to bad decisions making because emotions are influenced by mood of the moment, experiences and context. Therefore, it will be a weakness on a leader’s part who cannot control his emotions and understand that although leader’s relationship with followers is an emotion laden process, neither leader and followers should avoid accountability (acceptance of responsibility for actions and outcomes) on emotional ground. This idea is echoed by Jason Selk in a book entitled “Executive Toughness” where he mentioned that a good leader is someone who has control over his emotions and can keep his emotions under control when they are looking to take control over his mind. So, “emotional intelligence” a key characteristic of an effective leader is not simply being able…...

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