Kamila Mavadin Huseynova, 'The charismatic leader who transformed my life'
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Leadership and Ethics, Management 320 Course Lancaster University 2009 Kamila Mavadin Huseynova 'The charismatic leader who transformed my life' About the coursework: A profile of a leader: A case is to be constructed of a notable person. This person can be a sports leader, a political leader, an organizational leader, a religious leader, or perhaps a family member. The notable person can be drawn from media or direct from first hand experience. The assessment will constitute a 3,000 word assignment outlining the key leadership and ethical practices of this person. Name: Katerina Gavrielidou Degree: Business Studies Hons Library Card no: 06021311 Acknowledgement: The leader I am going to describe in this essay is my friend Kamila Mavadin Huseynova. Kamila is 22 years old, she comes from Azerbaijan and she is currently studying Management in Lancaster University. She is the first leader who came in my mind for this essay as she is a bright combination of charismatic and transformational leader. Despite her young age it is notable how wise and clever she is. Kamila is the person who changed the way I view and realize life and activated my higher-order ambitions. Moreover, as a leader she taught me the importance of doing something extraordinary in life rather than living the common life I was living before I meet her. Kamila was the first person who communicated a vision to me which still keeps me inspired to achieve something great. I devote this essay to her. Introduction: You do not often have the opportunity to meet a charismatic leader in your life - especially in young age. I was very luck to meet my best friend at university when I was 18, a person whom I could easily say was the one to change the way I see life today. In this essay I will describe the qualities of my friend, that I am confident enough she can fulfill all the requirements to be called a charismatic leader who also proved to be a transformational one. ...read more.
Generally, leaders are those who make sense of the world as they interpret the world around you (sense giving to followers). Moreover, leaders are those who form the opinion of followers. For example, the reaction of a country's president in a situation will form the opinion of the majority of people in this country and they will end up sharing the same beliefs. Further than this, it is important for leaders to be able to control their emotions in public, as followers are waiting to form an impression according to their reaction. As I have noticed, Kamila can control her emotions and actions in public and can manage her behavior according to what impression she wants to give. What is also important in leadership is the fact that it is not always necessary for followers to know everything behind a situation. It is often better if leaders give the sense that everything is under control -even if it's not. Followers constantly need to feel the security under a leader's wings. Further, the leader is the one who will give the sense of importance to followers e.g. 'I was not thinking to build a cathedral before meeting this leader'. It is remarkable to say that before meeting Kamila I was not sharing the same beliefs and ideals with her. As leaders exert some influence on subordinates, I was influenced in a significant degree by her. As a charismatic leader, she articulated an inspirational vision and managed to internalize beliefs and attitudes that motivate me to carry out our common mission which I will talk about later in this essay. While before I was thinking that is very important to study and be concentrated only on that, she taught me that it is important to be notable among others and to involve my self in many extra curricular activities. While talking she was using inspirational words and strong language that immediately raised my enthusiasm and inspiration to do something great. ...read more.
Unlike transactional leaders, she can always provide support to me or other friends, to encourage us and she is ready to advice us when we need to (individualized consideration). Last but not least, Kamila is always the person to motivate people to start something, encouraging them while communicating an appealing vision according to the situation (inspirational motivation). It is not one time when she encouraged some friends to start their own society in university, providing innovative ideas to them to implement. Yukl (2006) constructed a table of guidelines for transformational leadership. According to Yukl a transformational leader will: * Articulate a clear and appealing vision * Explain how the vision can be attained * Act confident and optimistic * Express confidence in followers * Use dramatic, symbolic actions to emphasize key values * Lead by example The above guidelines show how Kamila is approaching tasks in the organization. She communicates a strong vision of how she wants to see our next project, explains how this can become possible and expresses confidence in the team members. She is always acting confidently and in an optimistic manner and she constitutes the leading example of how we should work on our own. Moreover, Kamila knows how to emphasize key values and to show the importance of tasks. That is I believe she is a bright example of a transformational leader. Conclusion: Some people will leave their lives without noticing that there is something bigger than what they can see in their horizon. Leaders are the ones to inspire them, to show that in life you can be or do whatever you wish to. Followers need the motivation and guidance by strong leaders in their lives. I believe that charismatic leaders are the bright stars that show the way to followers when they need it. I consider my self very lucky to have found a person who is a unique combination of charismatic and transformational leader. Kamila is the person who inspired me and gained my trust and respect with her leadership and guidance. I am thankful to have met a charismatic leader who transformed my life... ...read more.
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