SPRING 2015 – MGMT 370

Posted here are the thoughts and reflections of undergraduate students from MGMT 370 Class – Ferris State University


Blair Thompson –  Nathan Nemec – Jasmine Davis – Kennedy Driscoll – 

I Believe in Myself

                Leaders are important persons to the good functioning of any organization.  A leader must make decisions, and not only that, he or she must make the right decisions or the prosperity and even the very existence of their organization suffers.  Too be sure, most decisions that leaders make do not have this sort of dire importance, but many leaders are tested in this way, sometimes more than once.  Any time their organization is threatened, the outcome of the leader’s decision carries risk:  my vision of a leader is someone who is able to analyze the situations they face and (hopefully) measure the risk to make the right decisions.  In other words, in their most basic element a leader is a risk taker.  But what does that entail?  Certainly in taking risks a leader must not be reckless and blithely gamble with his or her authority, and therein lays the most important quality of a leader.  Above all else, a leader must not be afraid to fail. Cognizance of the risks and the possibility of making the wrong decision is a must, but a good leader must be able to harness all of his or her willpower and skill to plan the next move.

Ever the chess master, a leader intends to win the game even if major pieces must be sacrificed along the way.   Perhaps an even more important concept the chess player possesses an intuitive grasp of is the ability to anticipate and avoid problems before they develop.  The paradox that these two competing qualities must be reconciled with balance:  simultaneously not afraid to take risks but able to avoid them when possible.

Leaders are as different as the organizations they represent, but successful leaders have several core attributes.  First among them is the ability to take risk without hesitation due to fear of failure.  The second is the vision to avoid emergent challenges, preferably before projects even start.  These qualities can help a leader sail themselves and their organizations through stormy waters and navigate around hazards.

– – Blair Thompson, Traverse City, Mi.

This I believe will be the future

Leadership is evolving as the needs of the world are changing and tomorrow’s leaders have a marvelous opportunity in their hands. We are already seeing that companies, and their respective leaders, are playing by a new set of rules unlike ever before. Leaders are being charged with, not only increasing the bottom line, but doing so in an environmentally friendly, and sustainable, way.

Globalization will be the means by which these leaders succeed or fail. As advancements in supply chain technology increase, companies are able to take advantage of all the world has to offer. Time and distance constraints are being overcome like never before with advanced communication and logistic capabilities. What does this mean to leadership? It means that companies and countries are going to be interacting more and more and leadership methodology is going to have to follow suit or the price will be paid in the margins.

Many large companies have been experiencing the effects of international business for years. Leaders have to take into consideration the culture and characteristics of whatever foreign entity they are dealing with. There are always political risks to be considered and leaders have to take into account many aspects of how the decisions they make are going to have an impact in the arena of public opinion.

We already know that we do not like to buy $100 Nikes, made by children, under horrid conditions. And as the needs of the earth become of greater importance, similar phenomena will happen as people vote with their dollar. Leaders involved in worldwide supply chains will have to adjust accordingly which is going to involve an enormous amount of cooperation by very different types of people.

Leaders from around the world are going to have to be able solve problems with people that feel incredibly different on numerous subjects ranging from how one culture treats women for instance, to the religious beliefs of another nation. Currently, the almighty dollar already blurs these lines, but as environmentally conscience resources become mandatory, a business’s options may be limited.

Being from America, and at this time in history, I sincerely believe we have an advantage as we are rapidly becoming more open-minded and consciences. We are learning to work together despite our differences, which will allow us to make more effective decisions when we come into contact with different nations. “Made in America” does not mean what it used to nor does it have too. Your Ford truck is made mostly elsewhere while your Honda is made entirely in the U.S. The next step will be, what is your Honda made out of? Did you decimate an entire ecosystem in South America to get the raw materials? Tomorrow’s leaders will have to work together to make the right decisions.

– – Nathan Nemec, Traverse City, Mi.

I Believe in Inspiration

Leadership is so important to me. We live in a world where so many people follow and some are even afraid to be themselves! There needs to be more people who are not afraid to just be themselves, state their opinion, make positive changes, and help/teach others. I personally have been through so much in my life that I know I can help someone in this world. I will always remain myself despite trying to fit in. I will always state my opinion despite the topic or how others will perceive me. And I will always do what I am passionate about it despite what is ‘popular’. I just want to be able to inspire people.

The older I get and the more knowledge I gain, the wiser I feel I become. For an example, I chose Accounting major because it was something I was good at not because it was something I loved. One summer I was hired to become a Summer Camp Leader for kids who were pretty troubled. I loved it, I was genuinely happy! They had no guidance in their life and looked up to me for all answers. And by some of my experiences both bad and good, I was able to help them. At that point in time, I realized I had a passion for guiding kids to become successful in regardless to their background or environment. I try to inspire them to become someone different than someone they are used to. Some kids now days are so used to seeing so many grade school dropouts and don’t see the purpose of an education.

As a result in learning, I have changed my leadership style a number of times. I think it is depended on the situation I am in. At times, I need to be more passive and listen. I believe you cannot teach a ‘follower’ how to become a leader unless you give them some type of role. I prefer to be more of a directory/resource. On the other hand, sometimes I have to be more aggressive especially if people are lazy or if someone is trying to get over on me. From these phases of leadership, I am an assertive leader.

                                                                                                         – – Jasmine D., Canton, MI

I Believe This Is Leadership

Leadership is defined as the power or ability to lead other people. This holds a great significant role in life because the world needs more leaders. There are two main components of the word leadership. The components are lead and leader. Lead is defined to guide on a way especially by going in advance. Whereas a leader is one who influences or leads others. Leadership vision is an essential means for focusing attention on what matters most; what you want to accomplish in your life and what kind of leader you wish to be. A useful vision has to be rooted in your past, address the future, and deal with today’s realities. It represents who you are and what you stand for.

Sources says that there are five key traits of being a leader. These factors are they must have a vision, be passionate, learn to make hard decision, become a team builder, & lastly you must have character. I believe leadership is a quality hidden in the personality of a human being. Human personality is very complex and it is very difficult to grade individuals according to one’s personality. Leadership, on the other hand, depends on the organic structure of the personality which includes experience, skill, responsibility, intelligence, power of organizing people and social interaction. Leadership is an indispensable activity, which every leader has tap perform for directing the people, working under him/her. I would take these concepts and forge them into my personality to make me a better leader. Personally, I believe I have a few attributes of my own that make me seem like a good leader. These attributes of mine are courage, planning, self-control, decision making, sympathy, and cooperation.

I strongly believe that I am making my way throughout the leadership world by helping others, taking leadership roles in group project, and later in my college education joining organizations on possible executive boards. There are many ways to become a team leader. Some ways are listening to others even though you are the team leader and you make the decisions and you are allowed to ask other people what their opinion is, taking others suggestions, include and encourage others, and enjoy becoming a leader. A leadership style is a leader’s style of providing direction, implementing plans, and motivating people. There are many different leadership styles that can be exhibited by leaders in the political, business or other fields. According to the Wall Street there are six leadership styles. The leadership styles are visionary, coaching, affiliate, democratic, and pacesetting. So leadership is less about your needs, and more about the needs of the people and the organization you are leading. Leadership styles are not something to be tried on like so many suits, to see which fits.

– – Kennedy Driscoll, Detroit, Mi.


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