SELF REFLECTION

SELF REFLECTION

The course has been very informative. Having gone through leadership theories, my understanding of leadership as well as the diverse leadership styles has been enhanced significantly. I have gained high ability to analyze the behavior of leaders in various fields. Through the study, I have increased my skills in leadership, especially in regard to transformational as well as visionary leadership. The study has significantly informed my understanding of ethics as a student. The study has brought to my understanding the fact that leaders should focus on ethical leadership styles. This is attained through integrity, humility, empowerment, empathy and personal growth. The learning experience, involving lectures, assignment as well as group work has significantly enhanced my learning process. The study has exposed me to group thinking. In class, I often engaged in group work, something that significantly enhanced my ability to interact as share information. This group thinking significantly impacted on my work process. During internships, I learnt to accommodate the views of other members in the organization. I realized that there is synergy in working as a group as compared to working alone. The study informed my ability to subordinate self interest as compared to the interest of other group members. This increased the overall participation of other group members in the study groups as well as in organizations where I was working. The study has significantly increased my understanding of corporate culture. Such culture ought to be based on an ethical frame work. The study has significantly increased my understanding of the need for organizations to embed their ethical frame work in the organization culture. The study has increased my understanding of the fact that, self interested behavior is not sustainable in the long run. There is a need to undertake a stake holder approach to decision making process. This results to a situation where all stake holders to an organization are satisfied and their interest is catered for. As a result of going through the study, my ability to make ethical decisions has been enhanced significantly (Ferrari, 2001).
Feelings
Throughout the study, I felt a sense of transformation in the manner in which I perceived learning. The study process was more of interactive learning rather than solitary learning. The learning process not only enhanced my understanding on the discussed topics, but also on my ability to interact with other individuals in the society. This has been enhanced through the interactions that I have been making with my fellow students in the learning process. This study seems very relevant especially among students pursuing commerce. After going through the study, I undertook an internship. This internship significantly exposed me to real world applications of theories that I learnt in school. I often rated the organization’s management leaders. I could easily identify the consequences of the leader’s behavior whenever they engaged in ways that seemed unethical. The experience gained in the learning process enabled me to handle in a better manner some of the tasks I was offered during my internship. For instance, I always acted ethically in my attachment in the accounting department where I was supposed to handle high levels of cash. This ethical approach to my operations significantly enhanced my reputation within the organization. It equally ensured that the operations in the organization were sustainable in the long run.
Evaluation
In the study, not all went well, because some things were good while others were not that good. For instance, while I significantly enhanced my ability to engage in team work, some of the study group members were highly uncooperative. This reduced the efficacy of the group in its learning process. The learning process has emerged as a very informative process. Through theoretical as well as experiential learning, my ability to learn and incorporate such knowledge in real life situation has been enhanced significantly. The learning process was a very effective approach. This is based on the various learning platforms that were provided in the study. The study involved learning in class as well as learning through experiences. Such experiences, including group works as well as internships have significantly improved my ability to learn not only in this unit, but also in other units presented in this study. The overall good derived from the study was mainly in enhancing my leadership skills as well as increasing my understanding on the need to act in an ethical manner. This has significantly improved my academic life as well as my day to day life both in school as well as beyond the school environment. This study has drawn significantly from management theories. This has enhanced my understanding in the area of management. Management and leadership form an important part of learning in the field of commerce. Such knowledge enhances competency in learning as well as in practice. Nevertheless, there are still more areas in leadership that needs to be covered. This would thus be one in the subsequent studies.
Analysis
From the study, my ability to learn has been enhanced significantly. The study has exposed me to a logical way of answering questions. This implies that I no longer rely on intuition but on actual facts regarding a particular issue under enquiry. The study has enhanced my ability to pay attention to details. This has been more so enhanced when it comes to analyses of leadership and the manner in which such leaders behave. Equally, the constant group work has significantly enhanced my ability to listen to the views of other people. Through sharing of information, my communication with my fellow students as well as other individuals in the society has been enhanced significantly. The study has significantly increased my understanding that people should consider the consequences of their actions. There is a need for individuals to focus on what is right, rather than acting in an inconsiderate manner. Through this study self discipline has emerged as an important aspect that both leaders as well as non leaders should put into consideration in their decision making process. Nevertheless, the course was presented in such a short time. The learning outcomes could thus have been enhanced through increase in the time used in the learning prices. The study emphasized on some theories of leadership and ethics more than others. This had the potential of reducing my interest on theories that were less emphasized while at the same time increasing my interest in theories that were more emphasized (Ferrari, 2001).
Conclusion
From this course, my understanding on various concepts of management including ethics as well as approaches in leadership has been enhanced significantly. This has significantly enhanced my academic, career and social life. Given more time, I would have explored some of the theories that were less emphasized in class. This is based on the understanding that there is need to have knowledge on broad series of theories presented in the study. This would significantly increase my understanding on the range of theories employed in leadership as well as management in organizations. The study has significantly informed my masters learning in Bachelor of commerce. Through effective learning, such management skills will significantly enhance may competence in the bachelor of commerce course. It will enhance my competence in the field of commerce. If the learning process was to be repeated again, I would engage in more levels of internship. This is informed by the fact that, during the past learning process, I realized that experiential learning highly increases the ability of individuals to bridge the gap between theory and practice. It increases the level of exposure that students have in their learning process. In such internships, I witnessed the actual application of such theories in real life. More internship would thus significantly increase my ability to learn. It would as well increase my ability to link theory and practice. This would enhance my overall competence in the field of commerce. The study has enhanced my understanding of the universal principles related to duties. It has enhanced my ability to assess whether actions are moral or immoral. This enables me to separate what is ethical from what is unethical.
Action plan
In pursuit of masters in commerce, I hope to improve my team work in the future learning. From the current study, I have realized that effective leadership is critical to pursuit of higher education. Team work with fellow colleagues, lecturers as well as practitioners would significantly increase my ability to achieve the intended learning outcomes. Equally, I would also enhance my communication skills. This would significantly enhance my ability to learn as well as interact with fellow colleagues. Given another opportunity, I would also explore more resources in the learning process. This would significantly enhance my learning process within the organization. The study has informed my learning process in the future. Consequently, in other units, I would utilize the learning experience from this study in carrying out study. This will significantly enhance my learning process as well as application of the learnt theories in the real life situation as well as throughout my career

References
Ferrari, M., 2002. The pursuit of excellence. New Jersey: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates

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