Saturday, December 10, 2011

Reply to: Week 5 Post your response to DQ 2 by Saturday 12/10/11

Describe a situation in which you have acted as a transformational or transactional leader.
As a web product manager for my current position, I have had to do some closely related responsibilities to what a project manager does but with the exception of making sure the product meets both the requirements of the client with objectivity to the overall end-user experience.  My responsibilities in the organization may encourage me to practice a transactional leadership method rather than a transformational one.  For example, when I receive a large project, I need to follow up with the developers, data processing, and systems operations to ensure that their parts are on target with deadlines and meet the specific requirements tasked to them.  In addition, many times when our team completes a large project on time and satisfies all of the requirements, we have rewarded them with a lunch, or an after work event, like bowling.

Were you successful or unsuccessful? Explain.
I believe that I was successful as I still have my current position.  I only say that because I am new to this position and we have had many team lunches from the overall productivity from using transactional leadership methods.

What type of power did you use?
My influence over the team is powered by my charisma, enforcing the business requirements, assigning tasks, and using my experience with people in development via “influence tactics” (Wren, 1995, p. 339).  

Was this use of power the most effective for getting the results you wanted? Explain.
This power is most effective in the web development environment of a business. Since I was also once a web developer, I have very specific knowledge of the processes, flows, and structure about how web development is perceived and accomplished.

Wren, J. T. (1995). The leader's companion: Insights on leadership through the ages. New York: The Free Press.