I chose this topic because I remember being given feedback at school and how it motivated me to work better and raised a want to improve myself. Feedback is the most powerful yet a very cost effective way to get people on track and it affects the future behavior of a person providing opportunities to create a positive impact if given constructively. The constructive feedback has always made a great difference between my success and failure. To me, feedback is a sharing of information that serves as an effective guide that results in behavioral change and enhances a person’s motivation.
The lack of feedback makes me overly self-critical and contaminates my feelings of satisfaction. Feedback helps me measure my performance and enriches my self-knowledge about the strategies and decisions I take while working. It has always enabled me to put into practice my ability to be able to see myself as others want to see me and enable me to regulate my behavior. However, on writing this topic I realized that receiving positive, negative, or constructing feedback has developed skills and has boosted my confidence about my working strategies.
Providing feedback is necessary for the learning process. As a leader, I find myself rather competent while providing feedback. Timing is an important factor for a leader when giving feedback. I provide feedback to my team members as soon as one of them has shown good performance. It lets my team believe in my credibility and builds trust. I try to be specific while providing feedback and avoid general statements that make it strictly about work.
Also, my response to my teammates is impactful because I tell them about how their good performance ties to the bigger picture like reaching the goals of the department.
I will know if am getting more competent or not by the quality of work and by the behavioral change my team would show after receiving feedback. Level of creativity and developed skills, completion of the goals, and directed and motivated behavior represented by my team after receiving feedback would help me understand that I am acting in proving feedback that is constructive and also effective.
Feedback is important for me as I think that every leader needs a communication path with his employees. To function properly this communication should be open and frequent. Feedback is an essential for leaders to accomplish their objectives and be successful in their roles, and that is why I would like to work on this particular skill of a leader.
The main idea behind providing feedback is to promote motivation and positively changed behavior. The positive feedback always encourages a person to keep behaving in a certain manner that is required and motivate his or her behavior. The timely, constructive, and positive response can be much cost effective way of learning for individuals. Feedback directs people to perform better and put more effort to reach their goals that in turn help the leader to perform better for the organization.
Coaching, counseling, and mentoring
I chose this topic because of the importance of the coaching, counseling and mentoring in the leadership skills. Coaching can unlock the existing gifts and skills of an individual, mentoring are the quality of the wisdom, and counseling supports the individual while he or she is facing a personal crises. In my opinion coaching is the skill of a leader that makes it smoother for a team to develop the work skills and enhances person’s insight. I believe that counseling provides clarified options in personal crises. For a person to who is to be coached, well a state of mind and spirit is necessary, and that is what is being focused on during counseling. However, mentoring an employee or a team member teases out the talent of successful judgment that is used to achieve the aims and goals set by the leader or organization.
2. After reading about this particular component of the skills a leader should possess in order to lead a successful team I learnt that if I as an employee get coaching, counseling, and also mentoring from my leader then it will influence me to create productive and motivated behavior and would draw out optimal personal impact and would help me develop my skills and hidden talent.
3. I find myself rather strong in the area of coaching and mentoring a person. Through coaching, I find myself able to help an individual develop plans on the personal level and then achieve the goals set to complete those plans successfully. I can mentor and counsel a teammate to help him develop the wisdom to carry out the work that is assigned to him to complete it the way it is needed.
As a leader, it is important to ensure to get more competent in coaching, counseling and mentoring. It can be attained through developing effective communication within the workplace. Establishing friendly relationship with employee enables a leader to look into some concerns and improve conflict management skills. However, at the same time when a leader is involved in coaching, counseling and mentoring the employees, it is important to ensure that each of the decision taken are free from personal judgment and biases. Sound knowledge with a flexible strategic intervention is important for an employee.
However, to identify competency in coaching, counseling and mentoring as a leader. It can mainly be traced when the issues that were raised previously are effectively managed. Acquiring knowledge and the performance of employees at workplace and implementation of effective strategies enables individual to be more competent. The competency can be traced if the employee is effectively work in the challenging situation and can achieve short and long-term organizational goals working collaboratively with other employees in partnership. The other main factor involves the mutual trust and respect as well as developing one on one interaction.
I believe that as a leader it is very important to ensure that that the coaching, counseling and mentoring are very important. The leader needs to working with the diverse workforce; it was important to ensure that the each of employee is comfortable, motivated and enthusiastic. As a leader, you come across some obstacles and issues. It requires more competencies for a leader, in this case, to improve the overall performance of an employee and enable them to meet organizational goals. It enhances employee performance and productivity at the same time which is beneficial for an organization (Adeniyi & Adeniyi, 2010).
Working with teams
I have selected the topic working with teams because the topic provides a lot of information about communication and behavioral skills and is very helpful in our day to day tasks. It is not only helpful in student life but will also help me in my professional life. Working with teams develops interpersonal skills that are very important in overcoming difficult situations. To complete any task efficiently interpersonal skills are necessary which can be developed by working with teams. The topic develops leadership skills as the leader must be able to communicate efficiently with its subordinate. For me, ‘working in team’ is very important as it will develop certain skills in me which can be very useful for me in all fields of life. The topic is of great importance to me because it will help me in my professional life.
I have learned that my communication skills are not very strong, and I am not able to communicate things properly to unknown people. Lacking in communication skills can affect my work very much as I need to report issues that I face seeking help from others. I am an introvert and find it difficult to speak especially to a larger group of people. By writing on this topic, I have realized that while working team I have to communicate with each other, and this will improve my communication skills. The topic is very interesting and beneficial for me because I can improve myself a lot when I am working with teams. I want to develop interpersonal skills because it is the only way I can deliver my ideas to others. Response from others will further help me in improving myself.
Working with teams is very important as one has to face a situation in life where they have to form a team and work along with some people. I am not at all competent to work with teams because I am not able to communicate effectively with others. I usually shy out and keep my thoughts and problems to myself even when I am a part of a team. I want improve my communication skill so that I can work properly and discuss issues to seek guidance from others. Working with teams will develop interpersonal skills in me which will help in increasing my leadership skills. Leadership skills are important in the professional life and to have the complete grab of effective leadership skills one must have good communication skills.
I think that while working with the team, I will be able to communicate with others that will help in developing my interpersonal skills. To be competent in this, I must work hard so that I can gain confidence about my work which will increase communication confidence in me. I need to develop a habit of starting communication with people so that I can be competent while working with the team. I need to develop interpersonal skills that will make it easier for me to communicate when I am working with a team. By developing interpersonal skills, I will be competent in communicating and working with a team and give my contribution to the team.
It is important for me as a leader to work with my team in order to make my team members trust me and trust my credibility as a leader who is necessary for all the leaders to know because it gives them a sense of satisfaction that is what I would aim for as a leader. Working with a team requires the team management skills that can bring out the best in the people a leader is working. I believe that no matter how skilled I am, there is only much that I can attain while working on my own. So, by working with a team, I can acquire so much more and would make my leadership more effective. An employee can develop self-confidence about his work while getting coached by the leader working as a team member.
Adeniyi, M. A., & Adeniyi, M. A. (2010). Effective Leadership Management. New York: Author House.