Leaders : Authoritarian, Democratic And Laissez Faire

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According to Manion (2014), a leader is a person who is able to positively influence a group of people and develop their ability to accomplish a goal (Manion, 2014). According to this definition of leadership, it suggests that every individual has a likely chance to become a leader. Every time one voices an opinion or an idea, they influence others in some form of way, therefore, they function as a role of a leader. Lewin, Lippitt and White (1939) suggest that there are three types of leaders: authoritarian, democratic and laissez-faire (Lewin, Lippitt, & White, 1939). Authoritarian, or autocratic leadership, is a leader that dictates all the decisions within a group of individuals (Lewin et al., 1939). On the other hand, the Laissez-faire leader allows the group members complete freedom without the leader’s participation in any of the decisions (Lewin et al., 1939). The type of leader I aspire to be is the democratic leader. This type of leader takes a middle stance between the other two types of leadership. This type of leadership encourages individuals to participate their ideas in the decision making process, however the leader makes the final decision (Bhatti, Maitlo, Shaikh, Hashmi, & Shaikh, 2012). The leader will sketch out a group goal, give technical advice whenever it is needed and participate within group discussions, however the group acts upon a cooperative environment (Lewin et al., 1939). I aim to be a democratic leader because I believe that it is important to empower others to contribute their thoughts and ideas. This type of leadership allows for more creativity as each individual can bring forth a different perspective. However, it is also important for a leader to inspire a vision that other group members can ... ... middle of paper ... ... leader must facilitate an environment for change. It is important to stimulate an environment where people feel safe to express ideas and be innovative within their organization (Stiles et al., 2011). As a new graduate, I will continue to participate in organizations that I have passion for, and be open to listen to my colleague’s opinions and perspectives. Collaboratively, we can bring forth new ideas and encourage each other to be innovative amongst the organization. The quest to become a good leader is never ending, and there are many aspects of leadership to learn and to perfect. The clinical leadership survey has opened my eyes to the different areas of leadership, and how to improve my skills and abilities as a leader. In the upcoming years ahead, I will set goals to grow to become a leader that can influence positive change amongst the people around me.
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