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Imagine the company you work for is expanding and restructuring. As a valued, veteran employee, you are presented with the unique opportunity of determining the position that best suits you. Essentially, you are able to define the role in which you may most benefit the company and be most successful.

Identify strengths and weaknesses of your leadership style (Impresser-see attachment) by applying what you learned about yourself through self-assessments.

Compare and contrast leadership theories in the textbooks (we are mainly using Leadership in Organizations, 6C by Gary A Yukl and Organizational Behavior, 12e) to gain understanding of relevant theories to your leadership approach.

Describe your leadership style (Impresser) and identify jobs in your organization that would fit with that style.

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This solution provides and defines various leadership theories and models. Additionally, it assess the strengths and weaknesses. It also takes into account a Prentice-Hall assessment on leadership skills and qualities.

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Determining Your Perfect Position
As an employee with my organization for nearly 6 years, I will evaluate the leadership style I use in a way to establish the optimal position at my organization so I can further its expansion goals. In trying to define my position within my organization I must first define and assess the leadership role itself. Leadership is having the capabilities and aptitude to influence workers in the direction of a certain set of organizational objectives and goals (Yukl, 2006). In influencing one's organization he or she must initially comprehend his or her personality traits and leadership styles. A person must be aware of his or her ideas and perceptions prior to satisfactorily leading individuals to meet the organization's vision and goals.
My Leadership Assessments
In completing the Prentice Hall (2010) assessment I found my leadership style is that of an "impressor" with an "interactive" style. In looking at my positives I have the ability to complete tasks and get organizational objectives done quickly. Unfortunately, this does have a drawback in that I can become extremely impatient under pressure. I like to accomplish tasks with flair and receive credit for getting objectives accomplished. "Interactive styles design and use their space in a disorganized and cluttered manner; however, they know if something is missing. Their walls may contain awards, stimulating posters or notes and motivational, personal slogans" (Prentice-Hall Assessment, 2010). By using my personality and behavioral style I will be able to assess what my function should be in my organizations role as the company expands its division. Before assessing my own leadership style it is beneficial to understand the existing leadership theories that exist.
Leadership Theories
Several leadership theories are present to identify what a successful leader looks like. Individuals may have a highly analytical mind, a compelling vision, outstanding training, and have great ideas but still may not be or become a great leader (Robbins & Judge, 2007). Even though, personality traits alone do not inevitably establish who will be a great leader, they do provide important insight. In determining who will make a successful leader one must look at a variety of leadership ...

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