Aha Moment

1299 Words Mar 7th, 2016 6 Pages
Maurice Mitchell Jr.
November 19, 2012
ALED 340-902

Leadership AHA! Moment

I have worked at my job for going on four years. The company has continuously hired and fired people since I have been there, as far as the management go, I call it “The District Circle of Life”. The staff in which I work and interact with the most with is the Community Assistants (CA). A Community Assistant job combines being a Leasing Agent and a Resident Assistant into one job. The staff consist of twelve student workers that either attend Texas A&M University or Blinn College. We give tours of our property to prospective residents, handle legal documents, organize the office, and put on events for the residents that reside at our property. During
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Jerry has been with us for a few months now, but he has yet to blend in with the staff. He is currently stuck in Phase 1 of the LMX Theory. He is still considered the new member in the office because the staff knows him, but interactions are very limited. Majority of the staff has seem to have found something that they don’t like about him because it always seems that he is messing up or is unable to complete a task everything something is assigned to him. Recently, we had a social gathering at one of my coworker’s apartment and everyone came except Jerry. I asked if anyone had invited him and everyone kind of laughed or gave an excuse of why they didn’t want him there. That is when I had my Aha! Moment! It was all making sense of why he was not wanted amongst the group. He was an outsider, who did not mingle well with us. I thought this would be Jerry’s time to proceed into Phase 2, the acquaintance phase, but he will still stuck in the stranger phase. He was not in the in-group just yet; instead he belonged to the out-group. Either the Leadership-Member Exchange Theory made a lot of since at that moment or I had too many mixed drinks! The Leader-Member Exchange Theory is centered on interactions between the leader and follower. In this case the leader is Jerry and my coworkers and I are the followers. The relationship between leader and the follower in this relationship is defined by formal roles. The formal roles in which I am speaking about is only working

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