DuBrin, Ireland, and Williams (1989) indicated that effective organizational leaders are generally consistent in the way they try to influence the behaviour of group members, with this consistent pattern of behaviour being the leadership style of a given manager.
Shangon is the Executive Director of a non profit organization. She started it with a dream of giving a new dimension to development communications by empowering and orienting language journalists towards development issues. She aspired to create a niche for development communication in the print media.
This organization was started by her in support with her husband in 1998. There was only a group of 4 people initially which later expanded to 12 people and with greater number of projects and assignments. After five years, her husband died of heart attack and she had to manage the organization only by herself.
The organization deals with four major areas which were Training, Documentation, Issue Based Journalism and Theatre for social cause. The NGO incorporate communication and empowerment as the work strategy. The work in the organization involved great deal of creativity and decision making of course in various areas. It involved a lot of supervision from her side. She had to keep her eye on the status of every single project.
She always encourages participation an...
For decisions minor to major she involves every single person and tries to take input from each person and makes the entire decision making process participative. Shangon takes collaborative, responsive and interactive actions with participants concerning the work and the work environment. (Nelson & Quick, 2006).
Every time a new proposal is approached to the funding agencies, she keeps the communication open for the employees and facilitates discussion with them and involves them in setting goals. Also after the discussion, she seeks input regarding determination of policy and procedures.
Her interactions are always focused, when any employee face problem in doing a particular task, she provides suggestions and alternatives for the completion of tasks. Every Saturday morning, she would come to office carrying stuffs like crackers, cookies and some nutritious snacks to share with the employees. This gesture always boosts staff morale and helped build a strong bond between her and the employees.
Shangon always motivates employees to work to their competencies and to work as a team. She also exhibits effective listening skills and mediates conflict for group gain
provides frequent positive feedback, rewards good work and uses punishment only as a last resort. Actually, she knows best, what style works for her staff.
The dream of a well flourished organization has been successfully fulfilled by her because she has been able to put her thoughts into action and has managed it really well through her Leadership skills which she acquired through her own experience.
According to me, she is a good leader and she developed a style conducive to her work