INTRODUCTION 144 TO LEADERSHIP 6.3 OBSERVATIONAL EXERCISE Leadership Skills Purpose 1. To develop an understanding of different types of leadership skills 2. To examine how leadership skills affect a leader’s performance Directions 1. Your task in this exercise is to observe a leader and evaluate that person’s leadership skills. This leader can be a supervisor, a manager, a coach, a teacher, a fraternity or sorority officer, or anyone who has a position that involves leadership. 2. For each of the groups of skills listed below, write what you observed about this leader. Name of leader: Brenda Administrative skills Managing people: Weak Managing resources : Average Showing technical competence : Average Comment: These skills are the weakest for me because I am very shy. Interpersonal skills Being socially perceptive : Average Showing emotional intelligence : Very good Managing conflict : Good Comment: People always see the interpersonal skills in me when it comes to communication with others. Conceptual skills Problem solving :Good Strategic planning: Good Creating vision:Good Comment: Im definitely good at conceptual skills. Question
1. Based on your observations, what were the leader’s strengths and weaknesses? The leader’s strenght were conceptual and the weaknesses was administrative.
2. In what setting did this leadership example occur? Did the setting influence the kind of skills that the leader used? Yes, the setting influence the kind of skills that the leader used to find which one are the strengths and weakness.
3. If you were coaching this leader, what specific things would you tell this leader about how he or she could improve leadership skills? Discuss. I would tell the leader to improve more in administrative because I see how the person has a lack of poor of managing people in her job.
4. In another situation, do you think this leader would exhibit the same strengths and weaknesses? Discuss. I do not think the leader would exhibit the same strenghts and weaknesses because she will show more of what she really like in her life.