After reading the skills chapter in the text Leadership:theory and practice, it is clear to me that I have some improvements to make. Upon embarking in this journey into leadership as a study, I considered myself to be a proficient leader, able to motivate people, and an organized individual able to organize others to achieve a goal. I am a leader in my personal extra curricular activities and am a manager in my professional life. I have learned a significant amount of information about myself as a person regarding the psychodynamic dynamic approach to leadership, as well as with which skills I am strong and weak.
As far as the skills approach to leadership, there are three skills (things leaders can accomplish); technical skills, human skills, and conceptual skills. Technical skills are specific abilities to accomplish the details of a task. Human skills are social abilities to work with people effectively. And conceptual skills are abilities to work with strategic plans or visions and the ability to communicate these concepts and visions to subordinate followers (Northouse,p.46).
Personally, I was shocked upon completion of the survey at the end of chapter three in Leadership: Theory and Practice, when I learned that I scored only 20 for Human skills and 17 for conceptual skills. I did however rate 23 in technical skills. Does this mean that I should not be a leader at all at this point? Clearly, I have a significant amount to learn in order to improve my human skills so that I can affectively lead the followers who depend on me, and to effectively interact with them. Additionally, I need to improve my conceptual skills since as a leader, my organization is depending on me to develop visions and strategies as well as improve policies and concepts for the organization.
It was extremely enlightening to learn of the skills which I have and those where I need improvement.
Northouse,P.G. (2013). Leadership: Theory and Practice. California: Sage Publishing