Robbins and Coulter (2012) states that there are seven traits associated with leadership drive, desire to lead, honesty and integrity, self-confidence, intelligence, job-relevant knowledge and extraversion. In order to effectively lead, I agree and feel that having these traits will make for a well balanced team. With that being said, I will be taking on the democratic style. Robbins and Coulter notes a study performed in 1951 at the University of Iowa. This study showed that the democratic style of leadership was most effective and encouraged participation (2012). It is important to involve the team in decision making so that everyone not only feels that they are valued, but also understand the goals that the team will be working towards. This style of leadership also allows me the ability to utilize feedback with the employees as a means for coaching as necessary. This leadership approach works well with the Fiedler contingency model. According to Robbins and Coulter, this theory suggests effective group performance depends upon the proper match between a leaders style and the degree to which the situation allow the leader to control and influence (2012). This theory also points out three dimensions that attribute to the leaders success and effectiveness leader member relations, task structure and position power. Sir, I would like to thank you again for the opportunity to head this team. I feel that with the plan I have developed and wit the staff I have on board, this team will be able to successfully execute the companys strategic plan to enter the market segment.
Robbins, S. P., & Coulter, M. (2012). Management (11th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.