In your responses to at least two of your classmates, compare and contrast your respective thoughts and preferences with respect to the theoretical underpinnings of leadership practice in the human services field and offer constructive criticism of the theoretical thinking offered by your peers. Additionally, identify any insights you have gained as a result of reading the responses of others.
I need 150 words of response to each peer discussion forum
Forum 1: What are the short-term and long-term implications (for you as a developing professional) of having a variety of leadership theories to draw from?
With the short-term and long-term implications for me as a developing professional, I would say would be engaging with others, show collaboration and communicate on different things. Also, stay committed to the plans that are put into place which will be focused on the goal at hand that will be put together. Show others that you can be a leader to them by being understanding, trusting, and showing others that they can be a leader instead of a follower whenever they want to be a part of leadership, and being there if they want to talk or have an issue this way they will see you as a role model in their eyes. This will help them feel comfortable and ready to be the leader in leadership like they want to be. My children and grandchildren look to me as a role model because of the things that I do and being a leader that knows what they want and how to go about doing things to be a good leader.
Which theory resonates most for you? Explain why
There are actually two theories that best resonates most for me and they are the “Behavioral Theory” Leaders can be made, rather than are born “Successful leadership is based in definable, learnable behavior” (Changing Minds. (n.d.). You can have a great successful leader and do a good job along with showing your employees or clients that they can do anything because you are making a difference, and reaching out to help them and those around them who look up to them as leaders. The other leadership theory that fits me is the “Role Theory” “People form expectations about the roles that they and others will play” (Changing Minds. (n.d.). People tend to brag or put themselves in a higher position so that they can feel powerful, and expect others to do the same thing. Being a leader you have to take charge of things, and also lead by example if you want others to do the same. Another thing is you have to have an open mind without being judgmental, or bias if your employees or clients don’t see the trust or understanding within you then there is no relationship or trust to show good leadership. “When role expectations are low or mixed, then this may also lead to role conflict” (Changing Minds. (n.d.). Conflict will happen if there are too many people trying to be leaders and possess their expectations for the same thing within the organization, or for their clients or employees.
Changing Minds. (n.d.). Leadership theories. Retrieved from http://changingminds.org/disciplines/leadership/theories/leadership_theories.htm (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Read each theory – from “Great Man” to Transformational.)
Forum 2: The term implication is best explained as the fact or state of being involved in or connected to something. When we think about the short-term implications of having a variety of leadership theories, especially for those of us who are aiming to be developing professionals, this topic can be quite intimidating. When I was completing this assignment, I started reading about some of the characteristics of fearful and outstanding leaders. One of the traits was the ability to delegate, another was influence, then we had empathy and integrity, and the least went on and on. In the short article Leadership Theories by Changing Minds, there exist several theories that have been proposed. One of the theories was the Trait Theory. The trait theory hold that ‘individuals are born with inherited traits and some of these traits are particularly suited to the role of leadership’ (Changing Minds, n.d). Growing up, I have always been under so much pressure from my friends, family, and acquaintances. Just because I do not allow myself to look ‘weak’, does not mean I have now a weakness. My family often compares me to others. It is not easy graduating at the top of my class, it was not easy graduating with my undergrad in under two years, at the top of my class, with no loans. I feel that anytime I study hard for my grades, they feel that it is because I have the ‘smart traits’. That is far from the truth. The theory that resonates with me the most is the trait theory. According to the novel Off the track: Why and how successful executives get derailed by McCall and Lombardo, the authors hold that there are some traits that can lead to success. For instance admitting error: owning up to mistakes, rather than putting energy into covering the mistakes up’ (McCall and Lombardo, 1983).
Changing Minds. (n.d.). Leadership theories.
McCall, M.W. Jr., and Lombardo, M.M. (1983). Off the track: Why and how successful executives get derailed. Greensboro, NC: Centre for Creative Leadership