Leadershipin a Diverse Society
Leadershipentails influencing others to accomplish the organizational goals.Everyone has a natural leadership style that correlates to theirpersonality traits as determined by the preferences of introversionversus extraversion, sensing versus intuition, thinking versusfeeling, and judging versus perceiving (The Personality Page, 2015).Therefore, leaders need to evaluate their personality types sincethey can enhance or hinder effective leadership. This paper is ananalysis of my personality type about effective leadership in thehealthcare environment.
Accordingto the Humanmetrics Test, my personality type is deemed asExtraverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving (ESFP). According toHumanmetrics (2016), ESFP personalities love people and excitement.They are spontaneous and impulsive with a lot of social energy ingatherings. Additionally, ESFPs are attracted to new ideas, fashionsand inventions. The newness of life attracts the ESFP type of action.Besides, ESFPs love talking to people. They are down-to-earth andsometimes homespun reflecting a mischievous benevolence(Humanmetrics, 2016).
Ihave a slight preference for extraversion over introversion that isat 9% (Humanmetrics, 2016). Loving people and socialization is one ofthe characteristics of my personality. Extraverts like me enjoy humaninteractions and are enthusiastic, talkative, and assertive (Overbo,2015). Additionally, I like working with other people. However, themotivation of an extrovert is external from outside sources, unlikean introvert whose motivation is internal (Overbo, 2015).
Extraversiontrait is a significant strength for proper leadership in thehealthcare environment. A good leader is a people person (Overbo,2015). He/she uses the interpersonal skills to influence thefollowers towards the achievement of goals. Additionally, leaders areenthusiastic about meeting goals and pass this on to their supporters(Daft & Lane, 2005). However, extraversion may impact negativelyon leadership by concentrating on pleasing people rather than meetingthe healthcare goals since extroverts are people pleasers. Also, theextrinsic motivation may hinder achievement as opposed to intrinsic.
Accordingto the test results, I also have marginal or no preference of sensingover intuition (1%). This character explains how I attend and createmeaning from primary data or after deeper thought (Overbo, 2015). Iprocess data more deeply before making sense out of it. I do not rushto quick conclusions following my five senses like sensor do.Instead, I trust my subconscious mind and the proverbial “sixthsense.” I spot patterns through high-level review and may seemimpractical at times since focus on changing the world.
Intuitionenhances leadership in that it presents new ways of doing things.Leaders are innovators. They are flexible and continuously look forbetter ways to improve processes in the healthcare organization (Daft& Lane, 2005). Additionally, a good leader needs to see beyondthe immediate information presented to them. He/she should processthe data deeply before delving into a conclusion. He should also begood at spotting patterns and predicting the outcome of variousprocesses.
Accordingto the humanmetrics test, I also have marginal or no preference offeeling over thinking (3%). This third preference pair explains how Imake decisions. I put more weight on impersonal, objective facts(thinking) than personal concerns (feelings) when making decisions. Iseek the truth and apply specific principles in decision makingrather than what people think.
Asa leader, using thinking over feelings helps in making sounddecisions which is an important leadership trait (The PersonalityPage, 2015). Leaders must provide logical explanations for theirsolutions and actions to their followers. This inspires trust amongthe supporters. However, using thinking may be a limitation for aleader in that one does not value the people’s thoughts and ideasas required of most leaders.
Finally,I have a moderate preference for perceiving over judging (41%)(Humanmetrics, 2016). I prefer a flexible and adaptable lifestyleover a decided one. I do prefer a spontaneous life and adapts to theworld around me rather than shape it. Perceiving is an addedadvantage in leadership as it ensures quick readjustment toenvironmental changes. A leader should be an advocate for change andshould be able to respond quickly to changes. However, perceivingpersonality trait can lead to disorganization and lack of lack ofaccomplishment.
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