The end of a road

  • On a scale of 1-5 (5 being consistently), how consistent and timely were you with submitting your blog posts and learning activities in a timely manner?

Besides this blog post, I would rate myself a 4. I made sure to turn the majority of the work on time. The times I did not turn an assignment in on time was due to a misunderstanding of where to turn in an assignment. For instance, I would turn in something on CI learn, when instead, it was supposed to be turned in on google docs. But I always had the work completed when it was due.

  • On a scale of 1-5 (5 being consistently), how consistent and timely were you with participation posts on your peer’s blogs, GooglePresentation Discussions and VoiceThread comments?

I would give myself a 5. I was consistent with providing peer feedback for all the assignments.

  • Please describe what you think your strengths were with regard to blogging and participation.

I think my strengths were being conscious of due dates and trying to give my peers good analysis on peer feedback. I think another strength was providing detailed responses on the blog questions.

  • Please describe how you think you could improve on your blogging and participation.

I could improve my participation by being even more responsive and applying myself more. Sometimes I would settle for the bare minimum with regards to sustaining and cultivating the “conversation” aspect of blogging. I could have done a better job of expanding upon peer comments.

  • What were strengths of the course (optional)?

There were multiple strengths of the course. One of them is the technology that we used. Using technology to teach a course is rather new and innovative and It was exiting to be a part of an online class. It helped me to grow as a student. Another strength was the communication. I think the class did an excellent job of providing feedback to one another.

  • What suggestions do you have for this class in the future (optional)?

One thing that I will suggest for the future is to clarify exactly where to submit homework/projects. As stated above, sometimes I was confused about where to submit projects whether it would be on CI learn, or on google docs, or both. Clarifying this would be of great help to the student.

Ethics in Leadership

  1. Post a link to a current event involving unethical or ethical leadership.
    1. What would take for more people to engage in the ethical actions presented?
    2. What actions are needed to change the unethical behavior into ethical behavior?

http://www.infoplease.com/news/2014/nfl.html

The commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, has been accused of lying to the public about specifics of the Ray Rice situation in which he punched his wife in an elevator this past February. This has resulted in the questioning of his ethical and moral values as well as his position of commissioner of the NFL. He claims that the league had not seen the visual evidence within the elevator the night of the incident although there were reports claiming that the visual evidence was sent to the NFL. This also led to backlash from countless others demanding that Roger Goodell step down as commissioner. There are a few different courses of action that need to be taken in order to reverse the unethical behavior within the NFL. First, there should be more performance evaluations for the front office of the NFL to determine and make sure that they are doing their job diligently. And if not, then punishments should be handed down to the front office. This would basically serves to check their power. Another way is for people to voice their displeasure for the unethical behaviors of the NFL, which people have been doing. Through criticism, the front office may feel compelled to change their behaviors in order to save face. Lastly, the NFL can establish new policy procedures which would dictate their behaviors in order to be more ethical. However, because this commissioner has had a history of problems and also has little popularity amongst the players as well as fans, I think it would be better for him to step down in order to make way for a better commissioner.

 

Based on your responses to the Core Values Questionnaire, what are your core values?

  1. To what degree would you say that your actions align with your values?  How would you want to improve in this area?
  2. Do you think other people know your core values?
  3. Are you comfortable talking about your core values with others?
  4. In your planning for the future (e.g. next five years), how will your values influence what you do?

My core values are peace and happiness. I chose these two because they also incorporate some of the other values as well. For instance I believe peace is accompanied by justice and truth. And happiness for me incorporates friendship, love, family, joy, and wisdom. So all of my actions that I take are to fulfill these related values in order to achieve the primary values of peace and happiness. I think I can improve these areas by being more assertive and by voicing my opinion more. For instance, if I’m in a certain situation in which I am not happy, I may go along with it just so it can make someone else more comfortable instead of trying to please myself first. I think that others are aware of my values even though i’m not too vocal. A lot of my values are seen more through my actions than by what I say and I think people pick up on this.

I am comfortable talking about my values with other people because they are values that I believe are important and beneficial. For instance some of these values that I hold are being fair, kind, honest, just, and reliable. I try to direct all of my behavior and actions towards the common good so I have no problem communicating this with others.

Over the course of the next five years, I expect my values to play a big part of my future. If I do succeed in becoming a police officer than my job would be tied to these values. I would use my position to promote and express these qualities such as integrity, which is also one of the leadership traits mentioned earlier in the textbook. Leader with integrity are loyal, honest, dependable, and reliable. These are values that are necessary for any police officer to have. Beyond police work, these traits make for positive individuals within the community as well,  which I expect to be.

 

Dealing with Conflict

I took the online assessment for handling conflict and the results showed that my conflict style is compromising.

  1. Write an analysis of how your dominant and less dominant conflict styles affect your leadership abilities and outcomes. How might using a different conflict style improve the outcomes? Provide specific examples to support your argument.

I was surprised to see that I was assigned the compromising conflict style. However, I am happy with the results provided. It shows that I am able to satisfy both parties involved in a conflict. With this style, both sides are heard and respected. I am happy with this style because there is a sense of fairness in the resolution of conflict. I listen to all parties involved and try to find a solution in order to appease all involved. This also shows that as a leader, I am impartial, unbiased, and give others their due respect. The one negative aspect of this style is that both sides are not fully and completely happy. It provides a quick solution instead of thorough examination of the conflict. It appears to be a lazy way to work through problems instead of fully embracing them. I don’t think that this applies to me in real life because I like to fix conflicts and focus more in depth on the conflicts than the style I was given according to the assessment.

All the other styles can work in certain situations. For instance, if one party is being completely unrealistic or unfair then the competing style should be utilized. I had to use this at work one time when a coworker was being unprofessional and lazy. Or if there are problems but people don’t want to ruin relationships then an accommodating style should be applied. All the styles can work well but it depends on the situation.

Describe an actual conflict you had with a family member, roommate, or coworker

  1. Describe the positions and interests of you and the other person in the conflict.  Describe how you could fractionate the conflict.
  2. Using Fisher and Ury’s methods, describe how you could separate the person from the problem and how you could work together to address the conflict.
  3. How could you have helped the other person in the conflict save face?  How could the other person help you save face?

I am a rather non confrontational person and I don’t have many conflicts so it’s hard for me to draw up any examples. But one time a few years ago I had a fight  with my friend but at the time we weren’t as good of friends as we are now. We were playing basketball and we were arguing over something trivial. (I can’t remember exactly what it was). Also the game was getting heated and we were badmouthing one another. Eventually, the argument escalated and the fight turned physical. I could have separated the person from the problem and saved face by simply stopping the game and talking through the issue. The intensity of the game propelled our issues but stopping the game would have been a smart move. We could have fractioned the problem by acknowledging there was an issue and resolving it early so that we could move on peacefully.

“the negotiator”

This is not only an example of an out group situation but it also portrays the psychological social loafing theory as well which states that individuals in groups tend to not work as hard because they expect others to pick up their share of the work. In this case, Cartman has differences in how he should function relative to his fellow group members. He tries to set himself apart from the group claiming he is “the negotiator”. The leader of the group, Kyle, is confrontational with Cartman and demands him to do his share of the work. However he isn’t very successful in his attempts to persuade him to do his share of the work with the two of them arguing at the end.

Blog Post #7 – we are one

Based on the scores you received on the Organizational Climate Questionnaire on page 190 of the text, what are your strengths and weaknesses regarding establishing a constructive climate for a group or organization?

I was pleased with my results from the questionnaire. I received a 54 which resides in the high range meaning that I try to create a constructive climate. I get all people involved and listen to everybody’s opinions. It also means I value opposing points of view as well as the opinions that are in line with the majority. I take great pride in this assessment knowing that I value all members of a group equally. By doing this, one of my strengths is creating a sense of unity and community amongst a group. One of my weaknesses that I discovered from the questionnaire is that I can become frustrated when some group members act stubborn with the majority of the group. There probably is an underlining reason why these group members act this way and it would be beneficial to talk with them privately to get a better understanding of how they feel. I could benefit more from communicating more effectively and forming relationships with group members.

What strategies for establishing a constructive climate for a group or organization discussed in the text could you employ to improve your skills?

Like I previously mentioned, forming special relationships with others is an area I can improve on which would build better communication, trust, and understanding with group members. This would also create a more productive and unified environment. Another area I could improve on is empowering others to act. Usually whenever I am leading, sometimes I tend to take control instead of sharing control which can destroy a group’s energy. Getting others involved is something that I need to improve at.

An important aspect of establishing a constructive climate is giving recognition to others. Is rewarding or praising others something that comes easily for you as a leader? Discuss.

Yes, I believe that this is one of my strengths. I love to see others succeed and to grow. I often praise others to encourage them and raise their morale. This will only motivate them to keep getting better. I try to do whatever I can to create a constructive environment.

Blog Post: sweet success

I am choosing to analyze the Coca Cola company’s vision statement.

Our Vision

Our vision serves as the framework for our Roadmap and guides every aspect of our business by describing what we need to accomplish in order to continue achieving sustainable, quality growth.

  • People: Be a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be.
  • Portfolio: Bring to the world a portfolio of quality beverage brands that anticipate and satisfy people’s desires and needs.
  • Partners: Nurture a winning network of customers and suppliers, together we create mutual, enduring value.
  • Planet: Be a responsible citizen that makes a difference by helping build and support sustainable communities.
  • Profit: Maximize long-term return to shareowners while being mindful of our overall responsibilities.
  • Productivity: Be a highly effective, lean and fast-moving organization.

Overall, I think that Coca Cola has done a good job with their vision statement. It is simple and gets to the point. It also details who they are, and what they want to do. This vision statement addresses all of the categories listed in the text of what a vision should include. It paints a picture of who they are and what they want. Just like how the text describes, their list does not have to be extremely detailed in order to serve its purpose. It is concise and gives a general direction as to what they hope to do. The second characteristic the text refers to in a vision is change. In coke’s vision, they refer often to growth which in this case can be synonymous with change. By continually growing and expanding, they are perpetually changing for the better. Values is where I believe coke did an excellent job addressing. They do this here in a few different instances. First they list people and wanting to create a desirable work place for individuals who can grow within the company. They also reference their partners and maintaining a positive relationship with them. Finally, the vision statement lists their goal to help sustain the planet. These all show that this company has some sense of value which is pleasing to see. The text also mentions visions needing to have a blueprint or map in order to help achieve the vision. This is another area in which coke’s vision statement succeeds. The whole statement is a framework for what they want to do moving into the future. It plans out what they want to achieve and by building upon this they can figure out exactly how to achieve their goals. Lastly, the last area of visions is that it needs to present a challenge. Coke also provides a few challenges as well. For instance, they state they are trying to be a responsible company with environmental concerns, trying to satisfy customers and maintaing their mutual relationships with people. All in all, Coca Cola’s vision statement is simple, efficient, and solid. It addresses the main points that it needs to address and I think it is a good statement that others can learn from as well.

Blog Post: A Better Future

Personal vision statement:

I want to become a respected and successful police office. I want to use my platform to benefit and influence other people. I also would like to achieve self actualization and become the best person that I can become. I want to have many meaningful relationships in my life. Ideally, I would like to live in close proximity to my family. I am physically fit. I envision making a lasting positive impact in my community. Lastly I want to live a happy, fulfilling, and peaceful life.

 

 

 

 

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Blog Post #6 Developing Leadership Skills: making dreams come true

What skill area and specific skills (discussed throughout chapter) are your strongest?

One of the skill sets the text refers to is having a map, or a blueprint for how to implement a vision. This is one area I believe I succeed at. I always make sure to carefully plan and visualize my steps for a task before I take them which I find helpful. It allows me to be efficient in my work. Another skill I believe I have pertains to the values needed for a vision. Having an understanding of one’s self as well as the other members of the group helps to create unity. I respect and honor others opinions and ideals and this is key in order to be a admired leader. Lastly, I believe I also am strongest with using inclusive language. It’s important to do this to let followers, or peers, know that they are respected and valued.

What skill area and specific skills (discussed throughout chapter) are your weakest and how can you build upon them?

One of the areas I am weakest in is developing a mental picture for the vision and figuring out exactly where I want to be in the future. Although I can map out how to attain a vision, I struggle with developing the vision which probably stems from indecisiveness. I also struggle with ‘using the right language’. I feel like I could improve upon this skill by strengthening my vocabulary which could be helpful in motivating others. Also, the text refers to examples where leaders make use of symbols to motivate others which I think is something I could implement into my own leadership methods.

What impact do you think your leadership skills could have on your role as a leader?

I believe that I can excel as leader for various reasons. One is that I value and care about team members. When you show care for others that builds a sense of camaraderie and inspires others to achieve, not only for themselves, but because they are engaged and motivated towards group success as well. The feeling of inclusiveness and value gives team members a sense of purpose and builds morale. Another reason I think I can achieve as a leader is because of my work ethic and my preparation. These two characteristics are keys to success and I feel as if they are my strongest traits. My preparedness also gives me confidence to succeed.

Do you think some of the skills discussed in the chapter are more important in some situations compared to others? If so, explain.

The text describes many different skills of a vision and I do believe that some are more important than others in certain situations. Every situation in life is different so there are going to be cases where some of the skills are needed more than others. For instance, changing the culture of a losing sports team requires a coach to motivate a team and buy into a new system. Initially, in this case, a coach motivating a team to buy into a system is more important than the overall vision itself.

Do you think individuals in “lower” levels of leadership require the same skills as those in “upper” levels? Discuss

I do believe that the lower level leadership position do require the same set of skills as those in upper levels. These managers need to be able to motivate subordinates, have some sort of plan to achieve success, and they must also challenge others to better themselves. One of the traits that I believe exist at both levels is making sure subordinates understand that they are valued. Doing this boosts productivity and help them buy into the vision. Also both levels of leadership need to have the interpersonal skills to influence followers to believe in the vision and to work hard to achieve it.

Blog Post #5 – Tasks and Relationships

As you reflect on what has been discussed in this chapter and your own leadership style, how would you describe your own style in relation to task and relationship orientations? What are your strengths and areas you can improve?

Between tasks orientation and relationship orientation leadership styles, I personally tend to be more task focused. I fall along this side of the leadership spectrum because I am consistently focused on what needs to get done and I prioritize my time in order to accomplish my tasks. For instance, I am always cognizant of schedules, due dates, times, assignments, as well as other work related activities. I am very detail oriented, structured, and organized. I also make sure to carefully plan out activities or work in advance. Basically I know what needs to be done and I do it. These are all strengths of mine that I value and they help me succeed whether in regards to work or school situations. Even though I tend to be more of a task-oriented leader I also value relationships as well. It is important to establish genuine connections with peers. Business would be meaningless without relationships. The people of a business are a core feature and need to be valued and it is important that they understand their value. The relationship aspect of leadership is one area which I could definitely improve upon.

 

Reflect on the article. What were the most interesting elements? Which did you agree with? Hope to learn more about?

What I found interesting pertains to how every category was considered more important in the virtual sense more than face to face. Our society continues to become more technologically advanced and operated over time and businesses will also follow this trend. These changes are going to have a significant impact on businesses as well as their leaders. As the results show, leaders will need to be technologically savvy in order to face the challenges that virtual communication presents. They will also need to be exceptional communicators. Additionally, with businesses growing and becoming global, this provides further challenges to individuals in leadership positions due to time zone differences and cultural differences. For instance, an excerpt from the article reads, “finding a proper balance between virtual and face to face communication poses a challenge for leaders of global teams. In line with Shell’s global ‘Diversity and Inclusiveness’ program, our respondents indicated that their leaders should show sensitivity to cultural diversity among team members . The present data suggests that this is even more desired in virtual settings than in face to face team settings”. With expansions in technological communication as well as global business practices, leaders must improve upon the skill sets that they are already expected to have.

I agree with the fact that relationship oriented leadership is more important in the virtual setting. Seeing as how team members are removed from each other, this presents another challenge for leaders who must get everybody involved and situated. Especially if team members are across different time zones, creating a sense of unity would seem difficult with virtual communication. Another challenge would be to sustain relationships over telecommunication whereas that is easier to do in person. Virtual communication seems like it would be detrimental to teamwork but seeing as how society’s future is reliant on technology, we must adapt.

I would like to learn more about the steps being taken to make virtual communication more effective and efficient.

Blog Post #4 – Assumptions and Styles

As you reflect on the assumptions of Theory X and Y, how would you describe your own philosophy of leadership?

My philosophy of leadership lands in-between the X and Y spectrum of leadership. I am extremely goal oriented and I make sure to accomplish my tasks, responsibilities and goals. In leadership positions I am the type of person to try to motivate others as well to achieve. But work means nothing without the relational and social aspect to accompany it. In a leadership role I would also try to help people be comfortable with their surroundings and situations. In life it is important to always find a balance and that is no different in regards to leadership styles.

Of the three styles of leadership, what style comes easiest for you?  Describe how people respond to you when you use the style.

The authoritarian style comes easiest to me because of my own drive and determination to accomplish tasks. I think my diligent nature and goal oriented characteristics relate more to the authoritarian style. Also because I take my work seriously sometimes I expect others to do so as well which I believe also relates more the the authoritarian style.

One of the aspects of democratic leadership is to help subordinates take responsibility for themselves.  How do you assess your own ability to help others help themselves?

One way to have subordinates willingly work on their own is by developing relationships with them. The more that followers respect you and the more likable you are, plays a crucial impact on subordinates and the influence that you can have on them. If you show them that you are invested in them then they will invent in you. This is one area which I definitely can improve on is the democratic leadership style. I need to do a better job in creating relationships with people. Because of my introvert nature people might tend to think that I don’t value other people or their ideas. I could work on being more open and vocal which goes a long way in becoming an effective leader.

List three specific activities you could use to improve your leadership style.

1. Becoming more vocal and engaging. Sociability is an important trait to carry. Leadership classes could help with this.

2. Being more active in the community.

3. Keep educating myself on leadership. Reading books, articles, etc. in order to better myself. Also being responsible and being disciplined in my daily life can make me a better leader.