Who holds good leadership style is a major subject of debate to many people. While many people tend to think that a person is born with leadership qualities, others believe that leadership skills are learned, acquired and nurtured during a person development. However, despite the form in which leadership is developed, there is a clear distinctiveness which good leaders are endowed with. Thus, leadership can be termed to incorporate intangible elements such as trust, inspiration, personal character and attitude among others.
Some of the precise core positive leadership attributes include; self-awareness, self-regulation, emotional intelligence, empathy skills, social skills and motivational skills. Positive leadership skills refer to the behavior and attitude that allows one to achieve his or her set goals and on the other hand, positively motivating the followers. This paper seeks to examine the leadership skills of Rolf Stahel, who was once the Chief executive officer of Shire Pharmaceutical plc Company from 1994 to 2003.
Self-awareness is an attribute that allows one to understand not only his or her own emotions, but also the impact they can have on work performance and general relationship with coworkers. On the other hand, self-regulation is the ability to control emotions that are counterproductive to the achievement of set goals.An empathetic skill entails the ability to understand an individual from his or her point of view concerning a particular concept whereas social skills can also be termed as effective working kills in a work premise.
Rolf as a leader exhibited these qualities in his work place. He portrayed exemplary characteristics and was able to socialize with fellow colleagues.
He was confident, upheld the integrity in his dealings, and was enthusiastic. A pessimistic leader is liberal of doubt and embraces composure besides being steadfast in situations that are beyond his/her control. He needs to be committed to excellence and should possess an outstanding analytical ability. It is no question that Rolf had this attributes (Innovaro, 2012). He was a source of inspiration just a principled leader ought to be.
Negative leadership attributes may be classified into two broad categories; Autocratic and coercive leadership respectively. Autocratic leaders are characterized by the saying "do as I say” they do not believe in consultative leadership and make a decision all by themselves whereas Coercive leaders demand an immediate compliance by use of threats to input pressure to coworkers. Such types of leadership have a negative effect to the working environment. Rolf as a leader failed to provide adequate support by allowing the dishing out of orders, rules, policies and targets to force employees work as per the management expectation. He as well was unable to accept criticism in a positive manner.
I commend Rolf for his positive leadership attributes which led to an increase in productivity in Shire Company, I, however, would recommend that he becomes a team player and be able to work with others. He should hire competent staff for a better management and learn to positively accept criticism.
In conclusion, all leaders mayleadin either apositivedirection or a negative direction with a full spectrum existing from exceptionally detrimental toexceptionallygood.Rolf’s no exception; he can choose to change his negative skills just as any leader ought to.
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