Assignment 1 – Introduction to Leadership, Leading a Team Effectively and Motivating to Perform in the Workplace

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Assignment 1 – Introduction to leadership, leading a team effectively and motivating to perform in the workplace
Introduction to Leadership
There are differences and similarities between management and leadership and there is a need for each of them. A manager can be seen as more of a ‘teller’, someone who will instruct a team what to do, react to change, plan and coordinate. Leaders can be seen as ‘persuaders’, someone who will take responsibility, encourage discussion and input, inspire and motivate the team, encourage staff to create change. Different factors will contribute to the need for all of these styles to be used. If a quick decision is needed then perhaps an instruction will be necessary which will be the style of a manager,
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In McClelland’s motivation theory he describes three main dominant motivators which are achievement, affiliation and power. By identifying which driver is the individuals dominant motivator you can adapt your leadership style and structure the task to ensure they are engaged with the work they are doing. For example; people motivated by achievement need challenging tasks as they are motivated by overcoming difficult problems. Feedback should be given to them in a fair and balanced way. Individuals who are motivated by affiliation need to work in a group environment and personal feedback and praise will keep them motivated and on task. People motivated by power work best when they feel like they are in charge and they enjoy competition, feedback for power motivation should be concise and direct. In my team is it essential that I am constantly giving the team development opportunities and using either myself or other members skills and knowledge to assist and ensure that individuals have the support required to learn new skills and tasks. I have a range of experience and skills in my team and as a multi-disciplined team these must be shared and learnt to ensure effective issue resolution for the client.
Motivating to perform
Performance assessment in the workplace is a crucial tool to enable the manager to understand and develop the team. Performance assessment can be carried

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