Assessing Your Own Leadership Capability and Performance

2455 Words Oct 14th, 2013 10 Pages
Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management skills

Task: Assessing your own leadership capability and performance

There are so many definitions of leadership and it is difficult to establish a specific definition;

The Oxford English Dictionary definition of leadership is:

"The action of leading a group of people or an organization, or the ability to do this."

Drucker’s summed up leadership as “The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers” whereas, John C Maxwell said “leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less”. Warren Bennis focuses more on individual capability and defines leadership as "Leadership is a function of knowing yourself, having a vision that is well communicated, building trust
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Even though there will be many differing management and leadership styles within an organisation, the actual organisations leadership style is perceived as that of the head of the business. We have heard many times that the goals and objectives along with any changes to develop the company must come from the top down. This in itself is a rather bureaucratic statement that many employees in a wide variety of organisations still believe is the way their businesses should be run.

There are many differing theories on the styles of management and leadership which attempt to differentiate the skills, strengths and personalities required between management and leadership although it is clear from the studies of these theorists that many of the skills are applicable to both.

The leadership style of the organization will influence the culture, motivate (or de-motivate) employees, and increase or decrease the effectiveness of its employees. As stated earlier it is important to make use of a leadership style that is consistent with the goals and objectives of the organisation.

During my relatively short time with my present company compared to that of many of my colleagues I have seen numerous changes in the senior management structure that has resulted in differing styles of leadership over the years from Autocratic to