It is one thing to lead and another to lead well. It is for this reason that focus should be put on how leadership by any leader is done. One of the forms of good leadership that should be used is collaborative leadership as in the case of Howard Schultz who has proven to use not only this system of leadership but also has used interpersonal connections.
As a good leader, Schultz has taken upon himself to invest in good relationships with other employees thereby creating a good and conducive environment to work in. Having invested in this, juniors and other employees at all levels have always felt appreciated and very important at the work place.
Considering the collaborative approach of leadership, it is evident that Schultz has put measures in place whereby working for the organization is looked at from the long term perspective. With this, the employees are able to work today while they focus on the greater benefits in future through investments such as acquiring shares.
In collaborative leadership, a leader is able to develop good interpersonal skills more importantly holding conversations with all other employees and sharing with them for the good of the organization (Rojas 13). This is a skill that Schultz has mastered so well in such a way that it even makes it easier for employees to relate well with him.
In a nutshell, Howard Schultz has shown a great deal of self worth as a good leader, who has embraced collaborative leadership and not a directive form of leadership whereby the leader who is at the top gives directives to the juniors telling them what to do and what not to do ( Bass & Riggio 11). His style of leadership has set aside Howard Schultz as a good leader who has proven to possess exemplary leadership skills.
With this kind of leadership, I can use his style of leadership in my career whereby I will endeavor to always work hand in hand with my colleagues. I will also want to work towards improving the welfare of other employees not only to my benefit but also to their benefit too. This I think is the best form of leadership.
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