You work as a director of leadership and learning for an organization that makes prosthetics. This year’s employee engagement
survey results for the organization show that some leadership practices are rated lower, while some practices were rated higher. The
new chief human resources officer (CHRO) met with the team to discuss the general results. Everyone agrees that the company’s
focus should be on both specific leadership development areas perceived as strengths and on those rated as areas for improvement,
primarily regarding social intelligence, emotional intelligence, and the interpersonal skills of effective leaders.
To help this initiative, your manager, the vice president of leadership and learning, asked you to create an adaptive leadership toolkit
that can be used throughout the organization. To begin this work, you conducted a personal leadership self-assessment and turned
this into a personal development plan. Then you shared this artifact with your manager. Your manager was impressed with the
thoroughness of the personal development plan and saw value in incorporating it as an exemplar within the adaptive leadership
toolkit for use by all people leaders in the organization. After receiving such positive feedback from your manager, you are now
ready to move forward on developing the adaptive leadership toolkit that will be shared with your manager and chief human
resources officer (CHRO) of the organization.
For example, you are the Human Resource Manager, you have the skills, knowledge and been working in the industry for 10 years and with that you have built a department that has a good and harmonious relationship with each other. Also on a monthly basis the CEO of the company acknowledges your impressive performance that gained praise from people around you. The leadership style that you possess means you are a qualified one to be a role model to all .
In this part, people will learn things based on what they see. It is how you act in a particular situation in a standard and acceptable way. Let say one of your employees committed a mistake and became so careless with her actions that it affects the schedule of her work. So as a model, you will show her what is the right thing to do, not just once but make it a habit so she will observe and realize how relevant small things are at work.
This is a process where people in the organization exert an effort to be able to achieve the vision set by the company.For example, the CEO ordered a strict implementation of policy in the workplace because he observed that some employees are continuously behaving in unfavored way. As a manager of your department, you need to implement disciplinary action for them to be aware of the consequences. Because in achieving the vision of the company, they must first check how their manpower behave and perform, they have the control of everything that’s why they are the one to evaluate first and get disciplinary actions. Always find the best people for the best company.
In this segment, you have to be smart in risk management. It’s normal in the organization to come along with these problems and the best solution is effective decision making and strategic analysis. For example, the vision of the company is to be the number one company in the city by gaining million profits. And in this part as a manager you need to consider multiple factors that affect the process. That’s why you have to be smart in every challenge that you encounter because one mistake is okay but repeating the same doesn’t help at all. It means that you have to change your technique. This is how you accept the challenges.
Engage and Enhance is the key. You have to guide them in doing the right and good things. Let them try because every opinion and actions contribute to the success of the company. For example as a manager you let every team member share their ideas through brainstorming.
You also encourage them to perform their own way, slowly with consideration but surely with success.
This is about considering values and differences in ethical and moral manners. Let’s say one of your team members is afraid to support the decision because she has a different belief in the process of doing it, with these you have to be more sensitive and considerate. Let her talk and listen to what she says in a comfortable manner because one mistake means another opportunity to take. Also in this part, you have to win the heart of your employees because feelings matter all the time, this is why they act according to what is expected.
Here, you have to identify where you gained high or low ranking and how you will improve these skills to become an effective leader.
—- For example you are categorized as an effective leader but you lack a “voice” and you are considered an ill mannered manager. (lack of values – model the way) This is your weakest point because you don’t know how to express your feelings and you aren’t good at communication. In this part you have a low score.
—- On the good side, as an effective leader, you always seek innovative ways to achieve the vision. For example, you have achieved the monthly goal by gaining positive profit.
—— To be able to become an effective leader, you need to work on things that make you fall. Let’s say, improve your communication style by spending more time with the employees so that you understand each other and can have win-win benefits by sharing bright ideas. As an effective leader, you must also have an initiative to share your own skills and guide them with your abilities so that they will not always depend on your decision as they can stand on their own. You can be the key to unlock their talent.
—–There are multiple advantages for being a good and effective leader. As an individual you have continuously enhanced your own skills at the same time you help the company in achieving the goals. While for everyone around you, you help them in the development process and improve themselves to be competitive in a positive way. The more you take responsibility, the more you develop and believe in your own capabilities and you have always become functional in all areas.
In this part, you have to act based on company needs. For example, as of now the company is facing difficulties in promoting the product. Don’t just blame the people assigned in that task but rather analyze the situation. You can ask things like “why their ads are not effective” or “what were the offerings of the competitor” in that way you don’t only consider your employees performance but also by digging deeper to the root cause. The behavior of the manager reflects on how he is going to solve problems in a skilled and professional way.
In this part for example, are you a participative leader? Do you check your employees in terms of their relationship with their co-worker and how they perform their work? How do you lead the team when it comes to the struggles of the company? With these questions, as a leader, it starts with you because you are the one who will lead the team. That’s why whatever you do, whatever you speak and how you behave is what they copied. And to win their mind and heart, be a soft person and hard on policy. You will not only transform them to be good employees but also well disciplined and productive. Always empower them with quality work that strives for success.
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