An effective leader requires many different skill and qualities such as communication, motivation, listener, and organization in order to become a successful leader. Some leaders in my opinion who had these skills are Winston Churchill, Sir Alex Ferguson and Nelson Mandela. There are also other leaders who have been dictatorial, and forced their beliefs and ideology on others such as Adolf Hitler, Stalin. There are many other people who had many different skills and qualities. In my essay I am going to look closely at my skill and qualities in order to evaluate my own potential for leadership and draw conclusion based on this, which I hopefully will all be positive.
I would say that through different experiences, such as sport, school, family household and general life, I have learned and demonstrated various leadership skills. These experiences which I will cover in more depth are when I am a sport coach, school buddy and a team player.
The first leadership skill a sports coach requires is communication. Communication comes in different ways, such as verbal, written and visual demonstrations. A good coach will know when to use what style at the correct time and appropriate to the group they are working with. As I coach of a wide range of ages from 5 years to 16 years I need to be able to get my point across effectively. This has to be done in a great variety of ways. The different ways, I have to be starting from simple words and phrases for the younger children to more complex and technical phrases. This is the same when I would also apply doing visual demonstration. This has developed these two forms of communication for me and has helped me get my point across clearly, so much so that I have recently coached the mini handballer of 7-8years old and the Schools 5th and 6th year’s girls, both to national finals. As a coach I have to at times be dictatorial and tell what I need to do, this is not in a negative way which people would see the way that leaders like Hitler and Stalin did, mines is simply to get a point across which if people follow the instruction will help support and make them improve.
Following on from my first skill of communication, being a school buddy has taught me the skills of listening and motivating. Listening is a key skill as a phrase my dad keeps saying is “2 ears, one mouth” ,meaning listening is more important than talking, and everyday life you need to listen to understand what is being said or going on around you. Motivation is important when people are positive towards someone, and give them hope and belief then people can change their ways for the better. My example for these skills is when I helped to support and buddy, a pupil from the communication and support centre. The help I gave was to make secondary school a less frightening place for him and during interval and lunchtimes I had to support him by listening to his problems and challenges, which affected him due to change and masses of people, in coming to a bigger and new school in first year. Change was a big issue, and by having the same people around him, helped him settle into the school, then we had to look to make the school an enjoyable and exciting place ,so motivating to encouraging him to do things that he would not normal do, like going to school clubs both sport, and non-sporting sessions. The success came when he took part at the handball school championships whist he was in third year.
Another skill I have worked on and developing is the skill of planning. As a coach I have to plan every session and in more detail every exercise according to age and ability. To supplement the planning and to know that it has went well, and then I am also developing and improving my evaluation skills. Evaluation skills are when I review the session to see how well the session went in line with the planed activity. This aids me to develop the following week’s session and in that so that I know whether or not I recap what I have previously done. For example at a recent club session we done an exercise involving passing at the end of the session we evaluated it and found that there was too many mistakes so we repeated it the following week.
Finally the last leadership skill is whilst with in a team environment, the skill is being able to adapt to change. My experiences of change have come from my years of playing and learning handball. I have encountered many different coaches from several different countries and cultures and their interpretations of leadership. Each coach’s style of coaching varies some like you to be very physical in defence and other more around improving your technical ability. I found these coaches communication to coincide with the way they saw the game being played and where people should be looking to improve on like the defensive coach being very aggressive and the technical coach being a bit more laid back. At club level and abroad the coaches are a bit more laid back while the Great Britain coaches are a bit more aggressive due to them being more serious in their actions. The Swedish and German coaches that I have been coached by taught me that in particular when working with young children that we should make it a fun session with no aggression attached as there will be many mistakes made at that levels so you have to stay positive. This has taught me to accept change also away from sport like a change in head teacher or a different teacher for a subject.
Overall a leader as mention need, to have many different key skills, I believe that thou the famous leaders were successful because they had the correct skills and attitude for what was needed and knew when to apply it. I would like to hope that I have identified that I have learned many skills which I use, and as like successful leaders the appropriate skill for the correct situation system and hope i continue to develop these skills I will be a successful leader and at this moment during my coaching I would describe myself as a authoritarian leader with a touch of paternalistic leadership. I believe this because I need to give instructions and keep a close eye on what they are doing but also act proactive to make sure they don’t get hurt and in doing so gaining there trust.
In conclusion, in one of the skills I have developed through the course is evaluation, which I spoke of during the planning, but this essay is not about planning and is based around evaluation and I hope to have shown areas where I have recognised points that I have worked on, I know I still have many more to develop and only with constant evaluation of my leadership and everyday life will I improve as a person and a leader.
Essay on Health Care Leadership Development Plan
The development of my leadership skills is essential in the health care setting because leadership plays an important part in the successful professional performance and career development in this field. In this regard, the elimination of weaknesses and enhancement of my strengths is apparently the main priority of my leadership development plan. At the same time, I am fully aware that, in the course of my professional and leadership development, I will change my goals and priorities respective to changes of my needs. At the moment, I would focus on my leadership development in three years timeline. In this regard, I would distinguish my major strengths and weaknesses, which I will try to enhance and eliminate respectively, including such strengths as communication skills, organizational skills, and flexibility of my leadership style, and such weaknesses as low charisma level, lack of experience of the team work, and difficulties in overcoming cultural barriers.
Leadership development plan
First, I will focus on the development of my leadership skills and abilities through the expansion of theoretical knowledge in the field of leadership. In this regard, I would focus on the development of my organizational and team work skills in particular along with detailed study of leadership skills and abilities.
Second, in 6-12 months, I will try to implement my theoretical developments in the real world environment. First implementations of my theoretical knowledge will help me to find out which areas need further improvements.
Third, in 1-3 year period, I will focus on the further practical implementation of my leadership skills and leadership development focusing on team work, organizational skills, leadership skills, and other essential skills (Ross, Wenzel, & Mitlyng, 2002).
The improvement of communication skills will involve the broader communication and elaboration of new communication styles.
The development of organizational skills will involve the elaboration of weekly and monthly plans that will schedule my workday for every day, week and month.
The flexibility of my leadership style will be achieved through learning different leadership styles. In addition, I am going to try using different leadership styles in the course of my interaction with other people.
The low charisma level is a serious challenge and this problem cannot be resolved in six month timeline. Nevertheless, I am going to learn cases of outstanding leaders and try following their models of behavior and key leadership strategies.
The lack of experience of the team work is also quite challenging for me at the moment. In six month period, I am going to enhance my team work skills through learning theoretical developments in this field.
As for difficulties in overcoming cultural barriers, I will focus on learning different cultural experience of different cultural groups. The better understanding of other cultures will help me to understand the diversity of the cultural environment and find possible ways to close cultural gaps in the six month period.
The further development of my communication skills as a leader will involve the practical implementation of new communication styles, which I have learned previously during the six month period.
The development of organizational skills will involve the development of a long-run plan of my professional development oriented on the creation on 1-5 year plan (Dye & Garman, 2006).
I will enhance the flexibility of my leadership style through the implementation of diverse leadership style that I have learned previously.
The resolution of the problem of the low charisma level will involve the identification of my personal strengths as the leader and their further development and communication of those ideas to the target group, which I am going to lead.
The lack of experience of the team work will be partially resolved through my active involvement in team work, during which I can implement on the ground of the information learned about my team work in the past.
The elimination of difficulties in overcoming cultural barriers will involve my closer interaction with representatives of different cultural groups through which I can enrich my cultural experience and develop more tolerant communication style and relationships with representatives of other cultures.
The development of my communication skills in three years will involve the identification of the most efficient communication style that matches my internal inclinations, my treats of character and my audience, including clients and colleagues.
The further development of organizational skills will involve the practical implementation of my five year plan elaborated at the previous stage of my leadership development (McClelland, 1973).
The flexibility of my leadership style involves the adaptation of the transformational leadership style as an efficient and flexible leadership style that allows me to adapt to my subordinates and lead them toward the achievement of the goals, which I, as a leader, set.
The resolution of the problem of the low charisma level will be eliminated by the end of three year period by the elaboration of my unique leadership style based on transformational leadership which can help me to become a charismatic leader.
The lack of experience of the team work will be eliminated because, during the three year period, I am going to learn to create my own teams. As I learn to create my own teams, I will lead them to the achievement of team goals. As a result, I will acquire essential experience of effective and successful team leadership.
As for difficulties in overcoming cultural barriers, I am going to resolve this problem through creation of multicultural teams and leading them will contribute to the development of essential cultural skills and experience that can help me to acquire essential experience to lead multicultural teams and work in the culturally diverse environment.
Thus, taking into account all above mentioned, it is important to place emphasis on the fact that the development of effective leadership style will be complex and involve three key stages in my personal and professional development. First of all, the first six months will include the expansion of my theoretical knowledge in the field of leadership, including the team work, learning effective leadership styles and expansion of effective leadership style knowledge. Theoretical developments will help me to prepare the ground for the development of effective leadership style on the ground of my theoretical developments. On the other hand, the first year will be the implementation of my theoretical development will create the ground for the enhancement of the practical implementation of my theoretical knowledge in the field of leadership. After the first year, I will have a long-run leadership and professional development plan will help me to develop effective leadership styles that will contribute to the development of my leadership skills and abilities in a long-run perspective.