Reflection On Social Cognitive Theories Of Leadership

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The ability to learn from another refers to social cognitive theory. Being in the developmental stage, everything you observe and take part in can be linked to social cognitive theory. There is a point in time where you are having to learn from someone else; therefore; watching their every move. Social cognitive theory was originally thought in 1977 by Albert Bandera (McLeod, 2016). Some of Bandera’s examples include children and their interaction with adults. A child ultimately picks up the influence from the adults they are around. This also applies to a leader and their followers. By having self-leadership, you are influencing and motivating yourself to guide those in a positive way. Social cognitive theory can have positive and negative…show more content…
In order to be an effective leader, you must believe that you the leader are capable of greatness in getting the job done and reaching the goal. The influences of others strongly shapes the way we are as a leader (Bandura, 1994). In a way, we pick up tendencies from these leaders in a positive and negative way. A self-leadership questionnaire revealed to me that I have an overall high level of strategies (Neck & Manz, 2017). By having a high score, I am assumed to exhibit self-leadership techniques. I believe I exhibit some; however, I am guilty of having others and their behavior affect me. It would be my case of picking up tendencies. Whether someone is extremely happy or sad, I am concerned. Some individuals that come off as sad are actually not. Some individuals do not appreciate asking them what is wrong when they are completely ok. I had to reflect back and realize you do not know what someone is going through. On the road of accomplishing a goal, there are up and downs; for example, Phio T. Farmsworth. Farmsworth was the original inventor of the television. During his journey, he had to deal with financial troubles and other individuals trying to claim his idea as their own. After a long fight, Farmsworth was awarded credit for his invention (Neck & Manz, 2017). Your motivation as a leader does not end when you have a conundrum. Self-motivation moves you forward. I was always told, you…show more content…
Rewarding yourself on a mental level is something that is a must for your self-esteem. You deserve to tell yourself that you did a good job; in addition to, you should also know when you do a bad job also. Analyzing personal performance and thoughts brings motivation up and down. A british Olympian, Roger Bannister, put himself down in a way he should not have. His 1,500 meter event resulted him in fourth place. After his event he quoted, “A disaster is something which is shared between you and the public which expects something of you and which you cannot or have not fulfilled.” Right when he was ready to give up, he began training again. With much success, he and his team broke the world record with a time of 3:59.4 (Neck & Manz). Bannister set a goal without doubt that resulted in him being successful as a leader. He show them that everything is possible if you put your mind to
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