Mgmt 301-2 – Applied Management – Spring 2013 – Pg 3

Posted here are the thoughts and reflections of undergraduate students from MGMT 301 Class – Ferris State University

POSTS FROM STUDENTS:

Erik Morianti – Amanda Pomranky – Ryan Komosinski – Bryan Hinrichs – Christina Randall – David Mann – Stephanie Evans – Markisha Jackson – Chelsea-Lynn Chapin – Amy Dunleavy

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Mgmt 301 – 2 Class

I Believe In the Power Of Me

Leaders are not born. Nobody comes out of the womb with leader stamped on their forehead, so what happens that transforms a person into a successful leader? Warren Bennis states that no one turns into a leader; rather, “The point is to become yourself, and to use yourself completely – all your gifts, skills and energies – to make your vision manifest” (Warren Bennis, On Becoming a Leader). In this class alone, we have evaluated what type of leader we are multiple times and I consider Bennis’ ideas to ring true. I believe that leadership blossoms from what you stand for, and the most passionate are the most powerful. What you stand for and believe in starts to shape you as a person, and people are more likely to stand behind someone who believes in themselves and what they do over someone who does the opposite. Ultimately, being the person you wish to be and standing up for the things you believe are the two strongest qualities of a leader.

In this class, I have discovered that it is best to develop a relationship with your team. The way I see it, you are more likely to accomplish things when your team believes in you as much as you believe in yourself. That is why my personal leadership style has always leaned towards connecting with my team. By being involved with your team and developing relationships, you show them that their ideas matter and are being considered. In return, your group members are more likely to come up with better ideas and share them freely. That is why having a team that has your back is another one of the strongest tools a leader can have.

By being a leader, you are accepting a commitment. This means taking on the challenge of creating something you wish to see into fruition. There are no rules to being a leader; there is no step-by-step guide. For me, in order to reach a result that you are proud of, you must use the resources within you first. You have to express your energies and passions in order to be heard. When you allow others access to your resources, amazing things happen. The smartest leaders do not use their toolbox, they share their toolbox with their teams to accomplish their goals. In the end, accomplishing goals as a team has better results than accomplishing goals as an individual.

– – Erik Morianti, Big Rapids, Michigan

I Believe in Always Improving

I believe that leadership is more than just getting a task done. It’s about making sure that everyone involved is able to contribute what they can, and that they can actually enjoy the process. As the quote says, a good leader must take all of their gifts and use them to their advantage to accomplish anything. Being a good leader means being wise, creative, and understanding. It means that you accommodate for the members of your team or group. While there’s no such thing as a perfect leader or perfect leadership, you can always improve and work to be the best you can be.

I believe that fairness and honesty can go a long way when being a leader. If you are upfront and truthful to the people you lead, they in turn will show you the same respect. It’s like the golden rule, “treat others as you would want to be treated.” I think a lot of people forget that and believe respect doesn’t have to be earned.

I also believe, much like the quote said, you must be true to yourself to be a good leader. Being a fake person or pretending to be something you’re not tends to backfire and can make it hard for people to trust you or even want to be led by you. It’s better to start out as yourself and grow than it is to start out as something you’re not and having to fake your way through everything. Being yourself will make it much easier for people to look up to you and want to follow your lead instead of always wondering when you’re lying or going to pretend to be something different again. It helps making the whole leadership experience more enjoyable for you and for the people you lead.

This course definitely helped me to modify my own leadership style. I’ve learned to be myself more and that I need to not only focus on myself when leading people, but also the people I’m leading.  I was already honest with people I led, but I’ve learned that’s not all it takes. I have learned that I need to focus on making the experience enjoyable for everyone, without getting too distracted, and keep the whole team moving towards a common goal. While only focusing on the goal can be an issue, it’s still something I needed to work on. I think that everyone needs to take the time at some point to sit down and evaluate their own leadership styles. There’s always room for improvement.

– – Amanda Pomranky, Caro, Michigan

I Believe in Silent Leading

I believe that being a leader is one of the most important assets that an individual can posses. When I first began this class, I did not think that I was much of a leader. I had lead in things like sports but never academically. When I was chosen to be the Operations Manager of my group, I was a little skeptical of my abilities I will admit. After a while, I realized that being a leader does not mean that you will be on your own though. Being part of this class helped me realize that you are not alone when you are a leader, I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by six group members who were extremely motivated. All of the group members were very team oriented; we were all concerned about how well we would do as a cohesive unit. I took on the role of delegator making sure that everyone knew what to do for various assignments and our team power points.

I feel that being a leader does not necessarily mean that you have to lead verbally and be the loudest person. In my opinion, a leader can lead by example, not just by being vocal, this is the leadership style that I would lead with; setting an example is more effective rather than telling somebody what to do. In my experience with being a leader, I have learned that you do not have to be the most talkative person in the room to lead a group of people. In this class, I also realized that just because you are the head of the group does not mean that you have to do everything for the group. Everyone is there to help you, when some organization is needed or direction that is what you are there to do in leading your team. This made me realize that being a leader is not as daunting of a task as I originally imagined. In my career path, I plan to become a General Manger of a golf course someday and I know that requires a fair amount of leadership skills. I am thankful for the opportunity to begin to learn what being a good leader entails.

– – Ryan Komosinski, Big Rapids, Michigan

Successful Leader

I believe that a leader is born. Leadership is a tricky object, in that it takes many forms yet there is no one specific way to describe leadership. One can be a good leader in one situation while they are a bad leader in another situation when using the same methods. This may be a drastic example, but you would not use the same leadership style as a coach of a little league baseball team as compared to a team leader of a marketing project at an insurance corporation. However, there are still similarities between the two. Something that I have realized is that there are some very important characteristics to a leader in any situation. Foremost, a successful leader is respected. If there is no respect for you as a leader you simply will not be successful. The persons you are “leading” will go behind your back and keep things from you. Without respect, your subordinates will put forth the minimal work and not take pride in the “project” or whatever task or goal the team is working towards.

Secondly, to be a successful leader his or her followers must trust him or her. Without the trust of the followers a leader will not have the full backing or effort from his or her followers. If someone told you to do something yet you do not trust this individual, you will protect your personal interests first and maybe even do something different than what your “leader” told you. So to recap, a successful leader must be respected and trusted. That may sound simple but how do you gain this respect and trust? This question is actually easier to answer than it may seem, and it starts now not when you are put in a leadership position. A successful leader must simply be who they are. The worst thing a “leader” can do is to let the power get to their heads. A successful leader is humble and down to earth and relates to their subordinates. So the best thing you can do to be a successful leader is to be yourself. People will follow a leader much more often if he or she is a down to earth human being than compared to a figurehead that is only focused on the end goal and nothing else.

Let’s go back to my first statement that I believe that a leader is born.  I say this because to be a successful leader you must be yourself. You must keep true to who you are and never lose site of that to a giant paycheck or immense power.  A leader is born in all of us. Don’t loose site of that leader inside of you and always strive to better yourself and strive to be a successful leader who is respected and trusted by all.

– – Bryan Hinrichs, Bloomington, Illinois

I Believe the Children are Our Future

I believe when I first started this class in the beginning of the semester that a good leader is someone who knows how to control their employees, manage time and tasks efficiently, as well as being respectful to all levels of workers. Diversity and globalization has such an impact in the business world today.

What I will take with me from this class to become a good leader is how to apply certain models and techniques that apply to different situations and circumstances. No employee or problem is ever the same. There can be more than one or even five possibilities to come to any type of solution. As a leader I will work hard to keep an open to different ideas and strategies as everyone’s input is so critical and important to any project no matter their position or department.

In becoming a leader you learn about yourself when you are put into certain situations you being to think of what your personal ethics are, what is right, what is wrong. Things begin not to be always black or white. You have to reflect and do what might be best for the group, not a certain individual. People base their opinion on what kind of person you are from what they see around the work place; assuming you’re same way at home or in a social setting. I want my leadership to reflect who I am as a person which is relationship driven with my fellow workers and employees.

From the semester I have had my leadership style confirmed from all the personal assessments we took at the end of the chapters. A person can be trained to learn different practices in the workplace on how to be an effective leader, but in the end I think a person’s personality naturally has an outer demeanor that takes over and responds to certain situations.

In conclusion I really enjoyed this class and what I learned from it because it is not your run of the mill classes where every day you sit for 50 minutes and listen to a Powerpoint lecture. We were thrown right into the nitty gritty of a group project day one. While this was overwhelming it is a great learning experience for real world because once you are a hired employee they expect you to be ready to play ball. No one is going to hold your hand in today’s business world. So I am very thankful for this course and the teacher I had.

– – Christina Randall, Escanaba, Michigan

I Believe A Leader Is True Success

I believe a good leader is a strong determined person who inspires those people that he or she comes into contact with. A good leader is someone who always knows what to do or makes it a point to find out. The good leader always takes initiative. A good leader is someone who is always prepared for the task at hand in order to accomplish the set goals. Great leaders are those who always aspire to be a better person, because who you are defines if you are a great leader or not. I believe that a good leader should have great moral fiber and great ethics. A leader should be the one who leads by example, hence forth they need to always carry themselves in a charismatic and very proud way. They need to always be positive. A good leader needs to be someone that is very good with people, a very smart, kind and likable person. I believe that a good leader needs to be very tech savvy and up on modern forms of technology and communication. They need to be very precise and directive. Leaders should be very supportive as well as very tough. It is crucial that a good leader be someone who can tell you when your not measuring up to expectation, while at the same time complimenting you on a job that you have done well.

I will personally take what I have learned in this class and this experience and apply it to being a good leader. I will do so, first by communicating with the people that I am working with. I will be the one that always comes prepared and I will make it a point to always be the one that knows what needs to be done. I will carry myself in a more positive manner. I will make sure that the people that I am working with can always turn to me with their questions and concerns. I will make sure in the future that I am the one that makes sure I keep everyone on task and that we always get our work done ina timely fashion, and with some substance. I am becoming myself in becoming a team leader, because I am seeing what I need to work on and what I am good at. For example I need a bit more work on public speaking. I do not like speaking in front of people at all, something I need to work on. I have learned that I truly am someone you can count on in the end. I learned that I am someone that can perform well under pressure and at pinnacle moments. I have not changed my leadership style as a result of my learning. I do now know what it takes to be a good leader and how to do so. I will strive to be a good leader.

– – David Mann, Taylor, Michigan

I believe Leadership involves communication, trust, and honesty.

Being a true leader involves good communication skills and the ability to be non-biased. Each leader comes from a different perspective, which is a good thing. As the quote from Warren Bennis states, “The point is not to become a leader.  The point is to become yourself, and to use yourself completely – all your gifts, skills and energies – to make your vision manifest.  You must withhold nothing.  You must, in sum, become the person you started out to be, and to enjoy the process of becoming.” Each person has their own perspective on life and their own style of leadership.

A leader must have good communication skills, including both verbal and nonverbal communication. If a leader does not act like they care, they become less approachable. People need a strong leader who gives them full attention when they are talking. With that, leaders also need to be honest. Telling people the truth about situations keeps them loyal to you the leader.

Also leaders need to be non-bias. Favoring specific people could lead to rebellion. Treating people unfairly will cause conflict with in groups. Also favoring one person’s opinion over another could be harmful. It also brings in less communication within the group because others may fear to share their opinions. Therefore there would be less people contributing to the situation.

In this class I have learned a lot about becoming a good leader. I believe communication is a very important aspect of leadership. I have also seen many leaders/managers favor specific people and it causing hurt within the group.

I am continuously working on my leadership skills in all aspects beyond just communication. I am currently not a very strong leader as I struggle with dealing with conflict, but I have faith that I will become a good leader using my gifts and skills that I continue to gain. My leadership style involves communication and growth among employees. Leaders creating leaders is a great structure.

In conclusion, I feel communication and being honest and fair to others as a leader are very important skills. I am continuously working on my leadership skill. I feel that great leaders should work to create great leaders.

– – Stephanie Evans, Big Rapids, Michigan

I believe Leadership involves communication, trust, and honesty

Being a true leader involves good communication skills and the ability to be non-biased. Each leader comes from a different perspective, which is a good thing. As the quote from Warren Bennis states, “The point is not to become a leader.  The point is to become yourself, and to use yourself completely – all your gifts, skills and energies – to make your vision manifest.  You must withhold nothing.  You must, in sum, become the person you started out to be, and to enjoy the process of becoming.” Each person has their own perspective on life and their own style of leadership.

A leader must have good communication skills, including both verbal and nonverbal communication. If a leader does not act like they care, they become less approachable. People need a strong leader who gives them full attention when they are talking. With that, leaders also need to be honest. Telling people the truth about situations keeps them loyal to you the leader.

Also leaders need to be non-bias. Favoring specific people could lead to rebellion. Treating people unfairly will cause conflict with in groups. Also favoring one person’s opinion over another could be harmful. It also brings in less communication within the group because others may fear to share their opinions. Therefore there would be less people contributing to the situation.

In this class I have learned a lot about becoming a good leader. I believe communication is a very important aspect of leadership. I have also seen many leaders/managers favor specific people and it causing hurt within the group.

I am continuously working on my leadership skills in all aspects beyond just communication. I am currently not a very strong leader as I struggle with dealing with conflict, but I have faith that I will become a good leader using my gifts and skills that I continue to gain. My leadership style involves communication and growth among employees. Leaders creating leaders is a great structure.

In conclusion, I feel communication and being honest and fair to others as a leader are very important skills. I am continuously working on my leadership skill. I feel that great leaders should work to create great leaders.

– – Markisha Jackson, Big Rapids, Michigan

I Believe in Effective Teamwork

            “The point is not to become a leader.  The point is to become yourself, and to use yourself completely – all your gifts, skills and energies – to make your vision manifest.  You must withhold nothing.  You must, in sum, become the person you started out to be, and to enjoy the process of becoming,” by Warren Bennis. This quote especially rings true in my life and in my leadership roles. I am happy that this is our class motto because throughout the semester I learned who I was as a leader and who I will become when I eventually am given the torch to lead.

In order to dissect this quote, I must look at it only as the way I see it and how it relates to my life. If you are a leader you do not simply lead. Unlike my chosen major of Advertising, leadership is a two-way form of communication. It is a way of working with others to incorporate change and innovation to better oneself and better the company. Before I could lead I had to first find out what type of personality I have and how it can work with people with other personalities. Then which leadership model I would like to incorporate in order to be most successful. Once I knew what personality I had and what type of worker I was, I had to find out how my team worked as well. Upon finding that out I would form a strategy that would work well with everyone and how they worked. I found that analyzing individuals and incorporating them to form a team would be immensely more effective than blindly giving out tasks. Another greatly important factor in having a successful team is rewarding for great outcomes and offering help to less than superior outcomes. This is quite important to maintain an overall positive attitude to the task at hand and moreover the company’s success.

I will take what I have learned about individuals and then incorporate those into a team setting. Being a good leader takes a lot of listening and responding to difficult situations, as well as, keeping the workers positive. Once that positivity is gone it is quite hard to get it back up to par. Morale of workers is one of the main things that companies thrive off of.

I am becoming myself when I become a leader because becoming a leader asks many hard questions that make you really think about whom you are as a person and who you want to be in life. Being a great team leader involves you being one with whom you are and who you want your team to be.

As far as, leadership model I have stayed about the same. I would still like the focus to be on the company and away from self needs.

– – Chelsea-Lynn Chapin, Haslett, Michigan

I Believe in Sharing a Vision

“Leadership is the ability to influence employees to voluntarily pursue organizational goals.” (Management- A Practical Introduction 439) As a leader, clearly defining the overall goal is the key. If you can get everyone to envision the same goal you can achieve anything. As a leader you need to clearly define everyone’s individual role in order to reach the overall goal. If everyone knows their part in the scheme of the company, that they are needed and what they do matters, there is no telling what can be accomplished. People have to believe in themselves, who they are working with, and the overall company’s goals. Instilling confidence and drive in employees is very important as well. Giving them something to believe in and work towards makes all the difference.

To lead a group of people they must first believe in who you are as a person. Your ideas for the company are one thing but how you carry yourself, your morals, and how you inspire others makes a great leader. Prior to this class, I took the lead by performing well and setting a good example. I would work the hardest and express my passion, in hope that others would follow. After this class, I have realized leading is much more than what you are doing as an individual. To be a good leader you need to connect with those around you. Achieving the ultimate goal takes everyone not just one outspoken, hard worker.

Warren Bennis said, “The point is to become yourself, and to use yourself completely – all your gifts, skills and energies – to make your vision manifest.  You must withhold nothing.” To me this says that you cannot just lead by example and hope others follow. You have to use all of your talents to lead a group. Being a humble and selfless leader is also important. For example, I ran into conflict with a player on my team and we were on bad terms. The following week she was struggling with an aspect of her game and as a leader I had to swallow my pride and help her out. By providing guidance and confidence to this teammate our prior conflict was resolved.

You become yourself in the process of becoming a team leader because it takes all of your traits, good or bad, to achieve success. I believe leading is about instilling a vision in everyone’s mind; creating obtainable goals and pushing those around you to believe they can achieve them. The mind is a powerful thing and if you can convince it of something there is no telling what it can do.

        – – Amy Dunleavy, Canton, Michigan

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