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Chapter 11: Effective Leadership in the Organization
Chapter 12: Motivating People
Chapter 13: Effective Team Management
Based on the readings from the course text, please identify the leadership traits, skills, and behaviors that you consider the most important in leading and motivating subordinates. Examine specifically why you selected the traits, skills and behaviors in relation to employee motivation.
Guided Response: Respond to two of your classmate’s posts. Provide feedback on why you may agree or disagree with their selection of leadership skills, traits, and behaviors.
REPLY TO MARVIS:
The discussion on this week is on the topic of leadership and motivation. Leadership is important in all aspects of our life both personal and in business. Strong leaders must the capabilities to motivate. Leadership is the process of setting direction and effecting others to go along that path.. Common to all definitions of leadership is the notion that leaders are individuals who, by their actions, facilitate the movement of a group of people toward a common or shared goal. This definition implies that leadership is an influence process. There are six basic traits that reoccur which are drive, motivation, integrity, self-confidence, cognitive skills and knowledge of business practices.
Our text breaks down each trait. Drive infers that there is a longing to be successful and are excited about working. There is a need to be a go getter and do not wait to be told what to meet goals. Motivation infers that their desire to push one’s self and others. In my opinion, integrity is important. It is the thought that someone can be trusted. Self-confidence is that assurance in yourself that you are completing task effectively and efficiently. Cognitive ability infers that there is a capability to reason or use intellectual thinking. Business knowledge is understanding the business. Ensuring that there is a knowledge of how things should operate to run an organization smoothly.
The trait I consider the most important in leading and motivating subordinates is honesty and integrity. Subordinates must know that the people leading them are trustworthy and ethical. I have been in situations where leadership was thought to be trustworthy and they let the employees down by not telling the truth about circumstances. It made the employee feel hurt and resentment and they lost a lot of respect for the leaders. One this trust is damages it is hard to recover the person’s trust.