Final Reflections – On Leadership and Change

In reflecting on my initial post on leadership, like many of my MALAT peers, I find that my views have not changed. My thoughts on leadership may have solidified throughout the process of examining leaders, leadership styles, and implementing change in organizations.

Thinking back to my initial ranking of leadership qualities that I value (where I had ranked my top 3 as competent, cooperative, courageous), I see the list no longer as the finite ranking of qualities from most to least valuable and instead as a juggling act. I believe that all of the qualities are valuable and important to leading organizational change, but each has its place. For example, in a change that impacts jobs, a leader must be courageous AND caring. When implementing a software or technology change, a leader must be forward-looking yet ambitious. Learnings from this course have solidified to me that effective leaders must abandon any ‘storm-trooper leadership” (Insell, 2022) techniques and move toward adaptive situational leadership (Khan, 2017).

Khan, N. (2017). Adaptive or Transactional Leadership in Current Higher Education: A Brief ComparisonThe International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning18(3).