It is an obvious fact that leadership is an inspirational activity. After learning about leadership theory, the first thing that came to me mind is that leaders are also human and we are the ones that select our leader, they never come in our way. After learning about his theory one thing that is clear to me is that the leaders or managers do not always plan or coordinate but they have huge burden of task to complete and when an individual shows up their abilities to work on many task at a time only then they are selected as leaders. Every individual has a different perspective regarding leadership (Daft 2014). This is because of their view about how a management must perform. Similarly, there is a hidden leadership skill among every person, it just takes the right person or time to reveal it. In this context, my leadership skill involves inspiration and management skill. I have learnt through Mintzberg’s leadership theory that being a manager is different from being a leader. A manager can deny his managerial role but when a leader fails to manage something it turns worse. My leadership skills tell me to be good at the managing role and not only focus on being a leader. However, I have also learnt that I need to play the role of both leader and manager in order to make the role effective one. As a leader, I have learnt different things about leadership, which are, finding solutions and believing on my ability, being able to handle all the management tantrums with dedication, experience and knowledge. I also have emphasized on the point while determining my ability that it is obvious that I will have flaws and I will make mistakes even if I try to make up everything as I am a human and even as a leader I cannot be perfect. I can be selected as a proficient leader only after I am observed at work, hence I have to perform well as an employee first, and then I will be selected a leader. I have also known that to be a proper leader I will have to focus on developing my own leadership skill with the help of my own experience. For a leader the most important point is learning to develop and adapt development. Without developing the skills, no one will be able to achieve the level of leadership. Leadership depends on how we lead and manage a situation or people. It is obvious that being a leader we get to face a lot of challenges and working on those challenge is very important to prove ourselves. The challenges bring the best out of us and let us develop our leadership skill in a better way. Another important key point, which is needed to acquire the position of a leader, is patience. A leader has many roles to perform hence they need to have the maximum amount of patience so that they can turn themselves to a better leader (DuBrin 2015).
Mintzberg’s leadership theory is clearly dependant on the observation of leaders. He has identified that every individual have different opinions about leadership. Mintzberg was the first person to note that the managers do not always have the attitude to plan and coordinate in everything instead the part they perform is very much tough. According to him, a leader has plenty of roles to play and hence their job is very crucial. Criticizing Mintzberg’s theory is tough but many famous person have done the job and among them one is Warren Bennis (1993) said that. “A leader is not simply someone who experiences the personal exhilaration of being in charge. A leader is someone whose actions have the most profound consequences on other people's lives, for better or for worse, sometimes forever and ever." Discussing this it can be said that his thoughts were different from that of Mintzberg’s. According to Mintzberg, leader and manager are either the same person or their have the same role to play. Nevertheless, Warren clearly criticized the fact and said that ‘leader’ and ‘manager’ have different role to play and are different persons (Van Wart 2014). Though Mintzberg’s leadership theory is encouraging still there are many people who haves criticized and questioned the existence of the theory. While defining leadership, one name that must be taken is of Mintzberg. He was the one to discuss leadership as a job done by humans and not superheroes. His leadership theory states that there are three ways in which organizational work is done. The three phases are information, people and action. Through his theory, it was made clear that the leaders and managers have a lot of time by controlling the challenges rather than working on any other stuff (Mintzberg et al 2017). The role of leader is not always managing things or finding solutions for problems. The leaders need to present themselves in a confident role just to be sure that they have chosen the required solution and are ready to face the consequences (Lussier and Achua 2015). According to Mintzberg, “…managers often have to feign confidence. For reasonably modest managers, this can be difficult enough; for the supremely confident, it may not be difficult at all, just catastrophic.” According to him the leaders must have superficiality. While hiring an employee or training and guiding someone, it is important for the leaders to consider that they are dung their job well and that is what makes them the leaders. Leadership is all about efficiency, managerial skills, patience and knowledge, which complies with each other and makes a person a proper leader (Kollenscher, Popper and Ronen 2016). Leaders are also human being and they do not have any super power of controlling or managing things. They only have the power to make things work properly and in a certain way. They have the power of managing a situation with dedication and skill. Leaders always manage an internal tension and try to provide the best to be efficient enough for the role (Alimo?Metcalfe 2013).
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