Homework Question on Comparison (Aviation Leadership)
- What are the differences you noticed? Did these managers have the IW and Technical skills needed? What about Emotional Intelligence?
- What makes a leader?, Early Aviation Leaders?, Continental: From Worst to First?, Leadership- The Hardest Easy Thing?, 21st Century Leadership: Got what it takes?
- Make sure to use and reference the 5 components of emotional intelligence.
- Use at least 2 outside references to support your findings.
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***it is going to be mixed research and case study mostly case study.
Homework Answer on Comparison (Aviation Leadership)
Leadership encompasses influence, followers, vision, and the ability to maximize the energies of other people in order to achieve a greater good. It thus arises from social influence and entails a steady mindset of positive actions. Early aviation leaders were characterized by the usual traits such as vision, toughness, intelligence, and determination. They were often distinguished from others personnel with their domineering and commanding attitude towards directing others. In many instances, they ordered and took a back seat while the juniors handled the “dirty” work. They were feared, and communication with other minor staff members was to a minimal. Although they had the technical skills required for the job, in many instances, they never took part in practical work and only gave directives to others. They were gifted with the imposing figures of “know it all” attitude, the strong overpowering personality that drove fear in the subordinate staff, and the ability to positively influence others into action.
Although they offered the right bossy traditional attitude necessary to make others perform, they instilled fear into the junior staff instead of motivation and morale. As compared to the 21st-century leadership (leaders), there is a stark difference between the two in their ways of influencing others, directing, and putting others together. Much of what the 21st leader exhibit is less of a position, got little to do with management and less to do with personal attributes. Over the years, the term leadership, and leaders have more to do with translating vision into reality, one who has the ability to influence others positively, and as defined by Maxwell (2007), leadership is the ability to maximize the energies of others aimed at achieving a common goal. Some of the key elements that make a leader include attributes such as focus, transparency, confidence, integrity, influence, passion, innovation, empowerment, positivity, persistence, communication, accountability, and decisiveness. Other important traits that make up a leader include as discussed by Gachter and others (2012) include:
Self-Awareness: A leader should have an inner understanding of their emotional state. This may include aspects such as their weaknesses, strengths, limitations, capabilities, and their maximum potential.