“Important Leadership Skills and Characteristics.

Part 1. Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:

Leadership styles and practices have evolved over the last century in response to changing work environments and employee needs.

Based on your personal experience, discuss important leadership characteristics and ways in which leaders can build effective relationships with employees.

Describe whether you believe such leadership traits can be learned and refer to the Action-Observation-Reflection Model, the weekly textbook, and the University Library Readings for additional information to support your response.

Part 2. Reply to the following thread in a minimum of 100 words:

“Important Leadership Skills and Characteristics.

From personal experience I have found that when building effective relationships with employees, a leader actually listens to the employees and learn their strengths and weaknesses in order to build a successful team. Giving them tasks they are able to complete with the strengths they have and build on their weaknesses. After looking back on my time as a manager, the best part that I remember is having a young girl come in and not having any job history or knowledge and she worked closely with me, she learned everything from me even when she told me she could not lift a rack of sodas she was super small and no muscle tone. I started out with small things and worked our way up to learning bigger things. When teaching her about the bait department I taught her the best thing for skill building. I had repetitively told her not to lean over the minnow tank to get minnows as you would fall in and she did and laughter was the key that brought our team together. Even now a year later she still comes to me for advise. When giving her advise I would use the tight, loose, loose method and then go back over things with her when she told me she was not able to do something. I would observe what she was doing at that moment and have her tell me what she did wrong and why that did not work.” – Sara B.

Part 3. Be constructive (providing feedback) and respond to the following post in a minimum of 100 words:

“When you have a privilege and responsibility of leading a company, having the right skill set is vital to success. Some of the most important leadership skills needed to succeed in business and team building include but are not limited to: the ability to lead, effective communication, relationship building, industry expertise, perceptive of team needs, trustworthiness, time management, confidence and problem solving skills. All of these factors contribute to a well-rounded and highly effective leader and effective employees. Building relationships with your employees is important. The relationships create conditions that lead to higher levels of organizational commitment, as well as increased employee accountability for their performance and greater satisfaction with their jobs,” – Brianna B.

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