Based on the theory of ethical and authentic leadership styles and finished questionnaire which reflected situations about me, this assignment is to analysis which kind of leadership I am. In the following paragraphs, I will illustrate the similarities and differences between my self-assessment and the questionnaire’s results and try to find out my leadership style by explaining each kind of leadership style together with the results. I will start with explaining the theories. There are several characteristic about ethical leaders.
They respect and serve others, not only think highly of justice, but also process the beauty of honesty. As a moral person, they have perfect personalities. As a moral manager, it was their effort to influence the ethical behaviors of others (Trevino, Brown, & Hartman, 2003).
Being a moral person is the priority of being a moral manager while moral manager strengthen their leadership through more emotional communications. They will consider their staff in the first place when they are make decisions and award their employees for their moral behavior.
Speaking of authentic leadership style, it shared some characteristic with ethical leadership style. For instance, they both have positive core values such as altruism, kindness, fairness, accountability, and optimism. These characteristic motivate leaders to do what is right and fair for fellows and forming relationships filled with trust, communicate, guidance and emphasis (Yukl, 2013).
Normative Ethics Normative Ethics is a theory of ethics that is based on what ought to be morally right. Most ethical theories are based from a normative base. Normative ethics are based on what ought to be good or bad, right or wrong, and just or unjust. The ethical principles are ways to describe the actions and behaviors that we perform. There are several theories that apply to normative ethics ...
The difference is authentic leaders care more about self consciousness while ethical leaders care more about others’, so authentic leaders are more likely to be true to themselves and equipped with the character of honest .
The result obtained from the questionnaire turn out to be similar to my self-assessment. I got 9 on my self-assessment on the ethical leadership part and an average number of 4. 6 on that part of the questionnaire while 5 on the self-assessment of authentic leadership and a 3 on that of the questionnaire averagely. It seems that some of my behaviors and thoughts can meet the detailed descriptions of the ethical leadership style on the questionnaire and have a strong sense of morality that would be an important part of my leadership style.
Comparatively, it takes me more time to go through each options of authentic leadership style for some of them have merely come up to my mind before. Comparing my self-assessment to the explanation, I surprisingly find it shows exactly my personal situation. At most of the circumstances, including daily life or in the role of a leader, I’d like to respect others’ opinion and have faith in influencing others through my moral behaviors. I also feel responsible to serve others when I could and award them for their outstanding behaviors or improvements.
Although I don’t have a lot of chances to practice my ideas, I have high mark on ethical in the self- assessment. Even the results turned out to be unsatisfied, I will consider them successes for the moral influences. In another aspect, I have to admit that I don’t have a very good mark on authentic. When I look into the explanation of it, I find that I do not match with the idea of being true to myself. I am more likely to hide those parts of me that unwilling to be seen by others especially those parts that concerned moral but I am not perfect at.
I think in the coming future I need to work on the character of authentic leader style and make up the weaknesses. Comparing the result from the questionnaire with the theory, with an average of 4. 6 on ethical, I find each question from the questionnaire is inspiring. Among all the 10 features, I get the lowest on the 9th and my reason was we should look at the bigger pictures when we making decisions. But when it comes to taking actions, the priority thing is to make sure all the behaviors during the process is moral instead of having the best interest of team members in mind.
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But according to Yukl, having the best interest of team members in mind is the representation of serving others and that is very persuasive. Meanwhile, I have an average of 3 on authentic. It is hard for me to give a positive mark on the 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th and 16th. I think the outcome have a lot to do with my habit of hiding some part of myself and unwilling to share mentally things. I think I should learn to find a balance between being true myself and a moral person.
In conclusion, I think the self-assessment and the questionnaire is very useful for me to get a visual result of my leadership style situation and analyze it together with the theory of ethical and authentic leadership style can help me to realize the character and weaknesses, which is having the willing to behave moral and influence others but still need to learn how to be true self when leading people.