Theories of Leadership
Western Governors University
In taking part in the Seven Habits Profile, it is easy to see what parts take precedence and which go on the back burner. While knowing what the end goal is, there is not motivation and there is evident procrastination. These are shown in sections 4 and 5. For example, I want to advance in my career within the hospital setting but have been slow in completing tasks for my higher level degrees. Knowing what my long term goals are is one of the qualities I have that make me an authentic leader. Also, my desire to work with others is high. In taking the Seven Habits Profile, I learned I am fairly even across the board with a few outliers. Having everything so across the board shows that I have the same care for my own thoughts as I do others. This is most evident in section 6. This section was the second highest scoring section for me, 15/18. This section is about interactions with other and valuing them as well as yourself. The high score shows that fairness for all in a given situation is near and dear to me. That is a good quality of an authentic leader.
As previously mentioned, I feel that my leadership style is the authentic leadership style. Daft (2014) states this leadership style “refers to individuals who know and understand themselves, who espouse and act consistent with higher-order ethical values and who empower and inspire others with their openness and authenticity.” Meaning that authentic leaders stay true to themselves regardless of what others are doing or what thoughts are on what they are doing. As shown in the Seven Habits Profile I think of how situations benefit a group, while still knowing what is important to me.
There are strengths to having an authentic leadership style. Authentic leaders focus on what the long term goal is regarding the situations they are involved in (Kruse. 2013). This is demonstrated in my current position...