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To be
successful in today’s competitive world it’s absolutely essential for you to be
able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of yourself, as well as the
opportunities and threats that are presented. By having awareness of these four
aspects, it’s possible to use them for your advantage.

What are your STRENGTHS?

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My
personal strengths generally involve my ability to be innovative and creative,
as well as keeping an open mind. These three parts enable me to be much more
efficient and effective in my ways compared to those of my peers as well as
others in my general environment.

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Being
open to new ideas is an extremely good way to be adaptive to new situations.
Adaptation is an essential ability in a world that is constantly changing and forming.
Innovation and creativity are tools that can help me in advancing within my
career

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I
have great communication skills

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I
relate well with my clients and teammates.

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I
have the ability to ask key questions to find just the right marketing angle.

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 Once I start a piece of work, I’m completely
committed to the success of a task

What are your WEAKNESSES or “AREAS OF
OPPORTUNITY”?

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My
weaknesses are mainly my social skills and my over-commitment to my ways. I am
quite open-minded, however when I follow something I believe to be best and
gain momentum, I am unable to change direction and I become fixated on my goal.
I tend to move too quickly to complete task which often impacts the quality of
my work. 

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I
often stress out when I have to juggle multiple responsibilities.

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Little
experience of public speaking and / or making presentations to large groups of
people. When presenting to a room full of people it makes me a bit nervous and
causes to rush and not be clear enough with what am saying.

 What
OPPORTUNITIES exist for you?

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On
my search for success in my career path there are many opportunities that I
have available to me. Most of the opportunities are ones that I must create
myself. My education for one, is an opportunity that I am currently facing. It
gives me the choice to either take advantage and pursue potential goal in my
chosen career field, or miss out on the opportunity and if it comes down to me
and one other person to get an open spot at a job and we both have the same
education background and experience; the one with the higher class might get
the job.

·        
Get
involved in selected groups and societies to widen horizons and also
potentially gain leadership experience.

 What are the THREATS to your success?

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I
face many obstacles in on my path to success in my future career.

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 Health and wellbeing: Risk of failing to take
time to look after myself. Need to ensure that I plan time towards health and
fitness to enable me to remain well enough to keep up with my busy lifestyle.

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Module
management: the risk of focusing on more interesting modules at the expense of
more difficult or drier topics. Need to offset this risk by planning,
discipline and effective time managementThe lecturer
told us that we can form their own multicultural groups or either they can be
assigned. The class chose to assign ourselves. As such the lecturer gave us
some time to form our group so we selected our group members and formed a group
of six. We were familiar to each other faces as we all were class mates; but at
that time everyone introduce himself/herself to others. Then we took contact
numbers from each other. We also discuss a bit about our group assignment that
what needs to be done. Everyone shared their ideas on the project. Our group was
formed to undertake two presentation on leaders of our choice. The first task
that we needed to do was to pick a leader and I was chosen by the other group
members to lead. As a group the, first challenge faced was how to organize the
work and how to complete the task on time. As group leader I decided that
everyone should go and do research on the question we needed to answer and then
send me the work, as I was creating the PowerPoint. All the group member
participated in the task and all sent me sufficient work that I included in the
PowerPoint presentation along with the information that I had gathered. Once I
had completed the PowerPoint presentation, instead of picking myself who would
do which slide, I felt that it would be better if the group members picked
which slide they wanted to do. This decision was primarily based on the fact
that we had recently had a seminar about leadership styles and I wanted to a
democratic leader. Our first
presentation was based on Jack Ma and what his leadership style was.  Once we had complete the presentation we
waited for the feedback. The feedback we received was the following: –         
A
good discussion of the elements of power and how they apply to Alibaba. Some
good background to Jack Ma and a critical assessment of his rise to become the
leader of Alibaba.Positive
aspects·        
Good
clear slides·        
An
ability to respond to some probing questions·        
The
use of multimedia with the videoNegative
aspects·        
Standing
in front of the screen·        
Reading
from slides and this did impair the interaction with the audienceFor the second
presentation we decided to organize the work the same as the first
presentation. This time we had to answer, weather leaders are born or made and
apply this to our leader from the last presentation and another leader. The
feedback we received was the following:A good compare and contrast of Jack Ma and Jeff Bezos in
terms of the leadership development. There was some useful coverage of
leadership theories and a debate about whether leaders are born or made. The discussion
of transformational and transactional was helpful but could have been applied
to the people being examined in a little more detail. Not really sure why other
‘leaders’ such as Alexander the Great, Tsar Nicholas II Napoleon and Hitler
were included and this did detract from the quality of the presentation. Positive aspects·        
Clearly communicated·        
A good ability for several members
to respond to questionsNegative aspects·        
Ran over time a little·        
Disjointed around the other leaders·        
Multimedia did not work·        
Small text in places

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Walking in front of screen and
reading from the screenThere are a few
particular things which I liked in Leadership Development. These include the
way the course was how it was presented, I think the slides which were shown in
the lectures where very informative but yet simple. I think that in the
seminar, key things were explained very well and by the end if you had paid
attention, you would have a clear understanding of what was talked about.  For example I didn’t know what the Bases of
Social Power French and Raven (1959) was before this course now I have a clear
understanding of it and how its principles apply to modern management. As well
as knowing what the different powers are and the positive and negatives that
come with that type of power. For example the referent power based refers to a
manager who is able to influence a follower because of the follower’s loyalty,
respect, friendship, admiration, affection, or a desire to gain approval. The Expert
refers to a manager whose ability to influence other parties is based on
expertise and knowledge. The Legitimate power refer to manager whose power come
from the position they hold, such as CEO. The Reward power refers to ones
ability to give rewards, like promotions, bonuses, good working conditions,
when someone achieves the expected results. The Coercive power refers to
manager who are the opposite of reward managers, these manager use fear to make
their subordinates. These topic has allowed me to see different power available
to manager and I believe this will significantly aid in my future endeavors as a
manager. I believe I
that I have learn a lot of things while taking contemporary business issues,
which have improved my general knowledge of modern day business issues. One
particular aspect that has improved my knowledge is the contemporary issue of virtual
leadership. Before the seminar I thought that virtual leadership was when
managers weren’t present to lead to their teams and the group are capable of
working with the manager being present. However virtual leadership is a team
that, for the most part, is linked through communication that is not face to
face—e-mail, voice mail, telephone, videoconferencing, and Internet-based
forums.Before starting
the course I had little knowledge of leadership traits; I new the different
type of leadership style there were but when it came to the different traits, I
didn’t know much. According to Storey (2004), the study of leadership in
organizations has evolved through the years with changing theories of
leadership and leadership development. Storey (2004) identifies the main
theories as trait theory, behavioral theories, situational and contingency
theories, exchange and path-goal models, new leadership (charismatic and
transformational theories), constructivist theory, leadership with learning and
post-charismatic and post-transformational theories. Kirkpatrick and Locke (1991) state that
great man theories were based on the assumption that leadership qualities were
inherited, particularly by upper class men. In other words, these theories
asserted that great men were born, not made (Hoffman et al., 2011). Great man
theories evolved into trait theories in the early 20th century (Judge et al.,
2002; Kirkpatrick and Locke, 1991). Proponents of these theories argue that
leaders possess traits or characteristics that make them different from other
people and give them leadership advantage. According to Derue et al (2011) criticism of leader-trait
paradigm has led to the development of behavioral theories of leadership which
assume that leadership capability is not inherent, but can be learned. I found
these leadership traits to be the most interesting and along with the other
traits, it gave me a more clear understanding of what make leaders. I think that
one of the key aspects of the module was its ability to improve interpersonal
working and the ability to work within a group dynamic. The resolution of
issues, coordination of effort, and maximization of individual skills through
delegation are all highly transferable skills, with weakly session covering
topics such team roles, leadership’s styles, leading and managing change
further improve these skills. A group or team can be understood by looking at
Tuckman and Jensen’s (1977) model of group formation which comprise of forming,
storming, norming, performing and later adjourning. According to Tuchman and
Jensen (1977), the forming stage of a group involves clarifying common
interests and roles to be played. From the group work undertaken I have not
only further improved but also I have learnt that co-operation is vital for
effective teamwork. Acknowledging and respecting other opinions and viewpoints
while maintaining the willingness to examine and change personal beliefs and
perspectives are some of the skills I have seen an improvement in. I also now
have a more clear understanding of the importance of accepting and sharing
responsibilities, participating in group decision-making and effective communication.
This overall has allowed me to develop skills in exchanging of ideas,
discussion and also how to relay and support my own viewpoint with confidence.one particular
aspect which I though was a problem with this course was the fact that some
detail of the course, such as what the assessments was or what we were required
to do for the assessment weren’t communicated well enough and whilst this might
have been mainly down to the lecturer that was meant teach my class was ill, I
felt that there wasn’t enough information provided. This along with the
rescheduling of the class felt that we were at a bit of disadvantage compared
to the other classes, however after a few weeks I felt we had gotten back on
track and things were being example a bit better.

Overall as a
future manager, leadership development has significantly furthered not only my
leadership skill but I have gained a greater understanding of how leaders operated
and what make a leader good. Over the course I have learnt many new theories
and models such as the Social Power French and Raven (1959), the great man
theory, Belbin team roles, other leadership trait theories, Tuckman’s stages of
group development, the managerial gird, situational leadership and many more. I
have also seen an improvement in my ability to not only work in a group but
also leading one. I feel being chosen as group leader has improve my decision
making, as before I tended to be a bit indecisive when it  came to making decisions. The course has also
showcase that I need to further improve my presenting skill and be more
confident when presenting in front of a large group of people. Over the period
of the course I have seen great self-improvement that will certainly have a positive
effect in future career choices.