Unit 522 becoming an effective leader a

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Task for Unit one - Becoming an Effective Leader
Learner name:
Section 1: Understand own ability to fulfil key responsibilities of the leadership role.
An evaluation of my own ability to use a range of leadership styles, in different situations and with different types of people, to fulfil the leadership role.

There are in essence, four core leadership theory groups [1], which are:
Trait theories,
Behavioural theories,
Contingency theories and
Power and influence theories.
I strongly believe that a leader must be adaptable to the situation and therefore prefer the Contingency theories. I shall therefore use two contingency theories to illustrate my ability to fulfil key responsibilities of my leadership role.
I will use two contingency
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However the key focus is on the task, rather than developing the team per se. For this reason this model is particularly suited to a non-static team where teams are constructed for specific projects, rather than assigning the project to an existing team.
Own ability to use the styles – Hersey-Blanchard model
In 2004, I was requested by my then Head of Service to take on a severely broken team due to some significant issues. The team of six was responsible for managing and delivering the work of nearly 100 part time front line staff. It was headed by a senior team leader who had been in post for around 30 years and had moulded the team to her personal style. Anyone challenging the authority of the team leader was bullied mercilessly until they became compliant or simply left. The bullying even extended to life outside work.
As a result of the approach, there was high turnover of staff and there was very little initiative amongst the remaining staff. Individuals were initially reported as being highly competent but later were blamed for things going wrong, shortly before they left. The team was very tightly knit and generally appeared supportive of the team leader.
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