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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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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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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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It is essential that you use outside scholarly references throughout this question, and that you analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the research on each of the topics listed in. Additionally, you should be synthesizing the information from the required course readings and the discussion postings to provide another perspective on the paper.

In a well-written paper, address each of the following as they relate to your leadership development.

1.Self-Confidence is a large part of developing as a leader. Where are you currently with regard to self-confidence based on the self-assessments? What does this mean for you as a leader? What steps can you take to improve your self-confidence score?

2.Leadership traits, skills and styles are all relevant in leaders today. Where are you currently with regard to traits, skills and styles as they relate to leadership based on the self-assessments? What does this mean for you as a leader? What steps can you take to improve these scores to become a more effective leader?

3.Some approaches to leadership include situational, Path-Goal, and Leader Member Exchange. Where are you currently with regard to these three approaches based on the self-assessments? What does this mean for you as a leader? What steps can you take to improve upon these areas?

4.Other approaches to leadership include Team Leadership, Collaborative Leadership, Participatory Leadership, and Transformational Leadership. Where are you currently with regard to these approaches based on the self-assessments? What does this mean for you as a leader? What steps can you take to improve upon these areas?

5.With regard to gender, the Gender-Leader Implicit Association Test and Masculinity-Femininity Self-Assessments can provide further insight into your leadership styles. Where are you with regard to these assessments? What does this mean for you as a leader? What steps can you take to improve in these areas?

6.Culture plays an important role in leadership today. The Culture Questionnaire and the Individualism-Collectivism Self-Assessments can provide insight into the dimension of culture and leadership. Where are you currently with regard to cultural aspects of leadership? What does this mean for you as a leader? What steps can you take to improve in these areas?

7.Integrity and Trust are essential to successful leadership. Where are you currently with regard to trust and integrity as shown in the self-assessments? What does this mean for you as a leader? What steps can you take to improve in these areas?

8.How do you compare your current leadership, based on the previous assessments, to where you want to be as a leader? Are you close to where you want to be? Are you better off than you thought? Would other people agree with your self-assessments, or do you think that answers would be different if they came from your coworkers, superiors, or subordinates? How would they differ?

9.How do you feel you compare in your current leadership as compared to your best examples of great leadership? These could be people at work, people in your personal life, etc. What qualities do you have that they don't? What qualities do they have that you don't? How do you achieve that level of leadership?

The paper should be a minimum of 5 double-spaced pages. You should use at least three additional, credible sources beyond the textbook. Follow APA style guidelines, citing references as appropriate.

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