Leadership experience (Reflection)

“Leadership is not simply a process of acting or behaving, or a process of manipulating rewards. It is a process of power-based reality construction and needs to be understood in these terms” (Smircich and Morgan, 1982).

The purpose of this assignment is for you to link concepts from the study of leadership to specific instances in your life, wherein you demonstrated a moment of leadership – an instance that was formal/informal, profound/mundane, big/small, exciting/boring, whatever. To do so, please provide a one page reflection that communicates your experience of a leadership moment as framed by Anacona’s Leadership Framework of capabilities of Sensemaking, Relating, Envisioning, Inventing, and Change Signature:

Sensemaking – Making sense of “the world around us,” and all of the competing and aligning understandings of problems, solutions, successes, failures, preferences, etc.

Relating – Developing relationships through inquiry (engaging others, listening to them, and understanding them), advocacy (trying to influence others while considering their understandings of things), and connecting (establishing collaborative relationships so as to build coalitions of purpose).

Envisioning – Creating a compelling vision of the future.

Inventing – creating new ways of working together.

Change signature – While sensemaking, relating, envisioning, and inventing focus on what leaders do, one’s change signature focuses on who one is as a leader – the way one embodies the capabilities of sensemaking, relating, envisioning, and inventing.

Therefore, as you reflect on your leadership moment identify the ways in which you engaged in sensemaking, related to any individuals involved, crafted a compelling vision of the future (no matter how big or small), invented new ways of working with others, and your personal style in doing all of this.

Articulate your reflection via a 400-600 word one page paper, Times New Roman 12 pt font, single-spaced, aligned to the left with a “ragged” edge on the left.

Please refer to following Anacona MIT Research Brief for additional insight:

Ancona – Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty – researchbrief.pdf


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