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Leadership essay

  1. 1. Oliver SmithC3290685 Leadership EssayIntroductionIn this essay will be research and discussion around the topic of inclusive leadership. Firstlywill be an analysis of what key attributes are needed to be an inclusive leader, withexamples from sporting and non – sporting leaders. Next will be a discussion on how I canlead in a more inclusive way by using key points that have emerged from part one. Finallywill be a conclusion that will sum up my findings and results.Attributes of an Inclusive LeaderInclusive Leadership is socially responsible leadership, inclusive of many diverse peopleunited by the search to define and act on good common goals. (Nemerowicz & Rosi, 1997)An inclusive leader has to be able to adapt to many different individuals background life andstill connect with them and be able to influence them. This involves breaking down“barriers” such as age, gender, race and ethnicity. This allows participants to focus on theircommon goal, rather than what makes them different from each other.(Northouse, 2010) talks about there being 5 key traits to make an Inclusive leader. Theseare: Intelligence Determination Integrity Sociability Self- ConfidenceIntelligence is an essential trait to inclusive leaders as intelligence contributes to decisionmaking, problem solving and social understanding. Although saying that there shouldn’t betoo much of a gap of intelligence between the leader and the group else it could have acounterproductive impact on the leadership.Determination consists of initiative, persistence and drive. Meaning that the leader will bemore proactive, more perseverance will be shown when overcoming an obstacle and allowsfor dominance when the followers need to be directed.Integrity involves being trustworthy and honest. Integral leaders have been known to inspireconfidence within others. They are loyal and dependable which reassures the group andmakes them able to rely and be open with the leader.Sociability skills are very key for an inclusive leader as it shows they are friendly, outgoingand sensitive. This allows for the leader to develop good and stable relationships with theirgroup.
  2. 2. Oliver SmithC3290685Self-Confidence allows for assurance when making decisions. Leadership involvesinfluencing others, self confidence assures the leader that they are doing the correct task oractivity, to best further the experiences of their group.Inclusive LeaderThere is a well known leader that are going to be discussed, Nelson Mandela. NelsonMandela is the most known inclusive leader ever. During the apartheid the white SouthAfricans were dominant and had all power and wealth. Mandela made many sacrificeswhilst fighting for rights for the black South African’s. He left his family and lived from placeto place, running from the authorities. Mandela was arrested in 1962 and his freedommovement idea became known worldwide. Mandela Was released from prison in 1990.Later that year black Africans were allowed to vote and Mandela was voted as president ofSouth Africa. He had many plans for equality, but white South Africans believed that he wasgoing to turn the tides the other way and give “blacks” all the authority. Although this wasavailable to Mandela he knew equality was the solution. He managed to join the “blacks”and “whites” of South Africa to make them a Nation by using a major sporting event, theRugby World Cup 1995 in South Africa by working alongside then South African CaptainFrancois Pienaar, a white South African. (Magoon, 2008)Future LeadershipThe best way to improve my inclusive leadership style and skills is to develop myself in the 5characteristics that were discussed earlier by (Northouse, 2010). I believe that myintelligence is developed enough to effectively influence a group. I have experience in manydifferent sporting situations, giving me the advantage of being able to understand what thegroup could be going through. Although I could use more of a democratic leadership style tomake less important decisions, so that participants will feel more involved and a part of thesession, rather than just listening to my orders. This also gives them a chance to be creativeand think for themselves.My determination could be vastly improved. I do have the initiative to be able to beproactive, but I believe that my persistence and drive need to improve. At the momentbecause I don’t have the require persistence and drive, I am able to overcome everyobstacles and situation that is thrown at me. This means that the group that I am leadingaren’t able to experience every situation properly. Also a low level of drive can causeparticipants to have a delayed response when receiving orders, making the leader less incontrol and authoritive. To improve my drive and persistence I am going to try to relate myleadership to a personal aspect to bring more passion out of me, so that I am moreconcerned about the success of the session. (Daft & Lane, 2005)My integral skills are very good. I am a very honest person with trustworthy traits, allowingpeople to have confidence in me, that I will get the best out of everyone. I have a good
  3. 3. Oliver SmithC3290685relationship with a high percentage of the group. I could improve to develop theserelationships and make new relationships with members of the group that I have a weakrelationship with. I can do this by simply making conversation and making them feelcomfortable in my company. This also links into my social skills, which I believe are of a highstandard. I have many strong relationships with my group and I feel that I can approach allof them about any situation.My self confidence is of a reasonable level, but I am always conscious to whether I havemissed out a piece of key information when explaining a task or making a decision. Thisleaves a sense of doubt that can be detected by the group. To improve this I believe I needto do more research into the field I will be operating in and to stick by my decision once thatI have made it. (Laker,2002)To become more inclusive I am going to take knowledge from Nelson Mandela and followhim and do what is best for everyone or the group and not just myself. Making my sessionsmore applicable and enjoyable.ConclusionIn conclusion I believe being an Inclusive leader is very important as it allows you to connectto many different people from various walks of life and to influence them on many differentlevels, such as personally, socially and intellectually.Bibliography Magoon, K. (2008). Nelson Mandela: A Leader for Freedom. ABDO Publishing Company, Minnesota, USA. Northouse, P, G. (2010). Leadership: Theory and Practice, Fifth Edition. Sage Publication Inc, California, USA. Nemerowicz, G, M. & Rosi, E. (1997). Education for leadership and social responsibility. Falmer Press, London, UK. Laker, A. (2002). The sociology of sport and physical education: an introductory reader. Routledge & Falmer, London, UK. Daft, R, L. & Lane, P, G. (2005). The Leadership Experience, Fourth Edition. Thomson South-Western, USA.
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