Leadership Challenge Essay

1370 Words Mar 29th, 2013 6 Pages
Trust and Employee Empowerment My Personal Leadership Challenge

Prepared For: Dr. Carolin Rekar Munro, CHRP, CTDP TRMN 501- Individual Assignment #1 Prepared by: Ivan Mansanet Date: February 10, 2013

Table of Contents

Table of contents………………………………………………………………………………….2
Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………….3
The band aid effect: background of Rockwater Resort…………………………………...............4
Lead by example & Employee Empowerment: my personal challenge ...……....……………….4
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Baldoni (2009) confirms that leading by example is a strong way to show your dedication to your company, and more directly to your team. As a leader I can say whatever I want, but the actions that I take will show who I am.

For leaders looking to turn things around in their organization, Blanchard (2010) recommends to take a hard look in the mirror and examine your own behaviors. Are they being trustworthy? Is there transparency and honesty with people at all levels of the organization? The challenge starts when leaders say one thing, but do another; they erode trust, a critical element of productive leadership. How can anyone trust a leader who talks about one thing, but does another? . Kouzes & Posner (2002) states that when leaders don't "practice what they preach," it can be almost impossible for a team to work together successfully (p.1/5), due to a loss of trust and confidence. According to Blanchard (2001) empowerment depends on a strong belief and trust in your people (p.12). Also indicates that unfortunately, the idea of passing on power to employees is not easy for all leaders to accept (p.5). My personal challenge comes then with trust. How can I trust employees who are taking advantage for their personal benefit, if the main leader is taking advantage himself? What happens when authority and responsibility are not

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