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Journal on Leading and Changing Organizations

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Added on  2020-04-13

Journal on Leading and Changing Organizations

   Added on 2020-04-13

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Running head: LEADING AND CHANGING ORGANIZATIONSReflective Journal- LeadershipName of the Student:Name of the University:Author’s Note:
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1LEADING AND CHANGING ORGANIZATIONSIntroductionLeadership is the process of leading a group of people to accomplish a common goal. Leaders motivate people in transforming a particular vision into reality (Anderson, 2013). In thisreflective journal, I have analyzed and described three vignettes of leadership from my personal experience and I have critiqued the story by reviewing the literature of leadership. The leadershiptheories from discussions in class have been beneficial in scholarly critiquing the stories of leadership. In this journal I have narrated three vignettes of my experience of leadership. I can recollect from my experience that I played leadership role while organizing a cultural event in our school. I have also raised awareness about disability and homelessness among members of our community while working with a charitable organization and prepared a business plan with my cousins for the opening of a restaurant in the locality. In this reflective journal I described each experience, and then analyzed each experience with theories of leadership. For instance, I have analyzed the experience of organizing the cultural event at school with support from theories of situational leadership. The theory of transformational leadership helped me to analyzeleadership experience of raising awareness about disability and homelessness among members ofcommunity while working with charitable organization. I could relate transactional leadership with preparation of the business plan with my cousins (Antonakis & Day, 2017).DiscussionSituational Leadership I have demonstrated the role of situational leadership in school. My professor asked me to organize a multi-cultural event in my school for the celebration of cultural day in school. Indiais a land of diverse culture where people from different culture and religion reside in harmony.
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2LEADING AND CHANGING ORGANIZATIONSThe celebration of cultural day in my school provided the opportunity for each student to display the specialty and uniqueness of their culture. My professor selected ten students from my class who belonged to different parts of India and spoke different languages to participate in the multi-cultural event. I was selected as the team leader and my responsibility was to organize the multi-cultural event and make this event a grand success for the celebration of cultural day. This situation gave me the opportunity to demonstrate the style of situational leadership. I was responsible to organize the rehearsals for students. During the rehearsals, students got the opportunity to practice under experienced trainers which prepared them for the final performanceof different multi-cultural events like dance, singing, story-telling of different culture by performance of skit and drama. I had to co-ordinate among the trainers and the students; it was my responsibility to ensure that students get adequate scope for practicing of cultural activities. I along with my class-teacher prepared a schedule for the students which mentioned the particular dates, time and duration of the practice sessions. My class-teacher gave me the responsibility to organize a food festival where students were asked to cook special foods of their culture. I had toannounce the celebration of cultural event during morning announcement sessions and I played leadership role by ensuring that each student wears traditional outfits on the cultural day which will reflect their own culture. I also prepared a communication plan for the cultural event. The linguistically diverse parents of my school were invited to celebrate the cultural event. I ensured that parents receive invitation by e-mails and I also handed over flyers about the cultural event tomy class-mates so that they can carry them home. I ensured to make this event a success on the cultural day. I demonstrated leadership quality by collaborating with various suppliers, administrators and organizers of the event, for instance, I ensured that the make-up stylists reach on time to dress up the students for performance of skit and drama. I took leadership roles by
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3LEADING AND CHANGING ORGANIZATIONSmonitoring the event on the cultural day and managed risks effectively by ensuring noise-levels were not high so that the neighborhood is not disturbed by the event. The concept of situational leadership was developed by Kenneth Blanchard and Paul Hersey. The research on the best style of leadership has found that successful leaders adapt their leadership style to meet the demands of a particular and unique situation the situation. Thus the role of situational leadership becomes instrumental for success of a leader (Bordas, 2012). The celebration of cultural event helped me to demonstrate qualities of situational leadership because I had to handle different situation like collaborating with organizers of the event, inviting linguistically diverse parents as well as ensuring students get opportunities for rehearsal sessions.The Situational Leadership Model suggests that the task behavior and the relationship behavior are of paramount importance for situational leaders. Task behavior is the one-way communication process from a leader to followers where a leader explains the followers about the process of tasks and the role each follower has to play to accomplish a task (Anderson, 2013). I could demonstrate task-behavior while organizing cultural-event because my role was to schedule rehearsals for students, communicate to students and remind them to actively participate in rehearsals. The relationship behavior suggests the way a leader provides socio-economic support to followers by providing them psychological support (Anderson, 2013). Few of my class-mates were unwilling to participate in rehearsals because they felt it would adverselyaffect their studies, I provided psychological support to student to overcome this mental barrier by creating effective communication plan between teachers, students and trainers. The Situational Leadership Model displays four styles of situational leadership 1) Situational leadership behavior style that demonstrates high-task and low-relationship 2) Situational Leadership Style that demonstrates high-task and high-relationship behavior 3) Situational
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