1. between a leader and follower, the follower


1.      In
the beginning of the course, before even defining what a leadership is they
discussed about relationship. Many examples are discussed on what are the
factors that play in making or breaking relations.  It is because leadership is later defined as
a relationship.

Stronger relations are
made when there is trust. Trust is the underlying bond that is present in
establishing strong relationship. If a small child is thrown up in air he
happily laughs while coming down in his mother’s arm. He is not afraid that he
will fall down that is the trust in his mother by a child even at a very young
age. Similarly if trust is there between a leader and follower, the follower is
not afraid to do things above and beyond his capability to work for the leader
and in turn for the Organization.

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In
the Vertical Dyad Linkage Model, In-group and out-group relationship were
identified where in-group is referred to as having high degree of mutual trust,
respect ad obligation and followers are considered as “trusted assistants”. (Dr.Oberman)

The
conceptualization of leadership as a relationship is addressed in Leader-Member
Exchange (LMX) theory. Trust in leadership is the meta-analytic findings by
Dirks and Ferrin where they provided a framework for trust in leadership and
they developed several hypotheses on how trust in leadership will be related
like below: (Kurt T. Dirks)

Hypothesis 1a Trust in
leadership will be positively related to job performance, OCBs, job
satisfaction, organizational commitment, goal commitment and belief in
information

Hypothesis 2: Trust in
leadership will be positively related to transformational leadership.

Hypothesis 3: Trust in
leadership will be positively related to satisfaction.

            I strongly agree with the hypothesis mentioned above if
we do not trust our leader even though our Organization is very good employees
will not have satisfaction working under a leader who is not trust worthy. If
we can’t trust our leader we cannot work with confidence that he will be there
for us in need.

 Trust is not build overnight. Trust is
developed with time and with mutual relationship with followers over time.
Leader’s actions speak stronger than his words. Leader should build trust with
his employees and the followers should build the confidence and trust with
their leader by working for a common goal. Leader should prove himself by
working hard and taking all the measures to make sure the followers get the
message clearly by communicating openly and frequently. Leader should create
the bond with the followers where the follower can talk to him and update the
status honestly. Both leaders and followers should be careful not to lose their
trust because once trust is lost the loss is severe.

We
often see that many political leaders do many campaign promises in order to
gain the votes and once in office they will not keep their promises. If a
leader can keep his promises then he will gain the trust of the people. That
will build the confidence in leader and leader should work hard and prove his
honesty integrity and then the followers will go above and beyond to support
the leader in his policies.

If a leader is
ethical then followers will trust him. If a leader is self-benefitting then
followers will not trust a self-benefitting leader. As seen in the movie paths
of glory, the soldiers saw that Colonal Dax as a self-sacrificing leader and
they trusted him. The same is in the Dead Poets Society movie where the
students trusted the teaching pattern of Mr. Keating and they were not afraid
to follow his path to challenge the status quo.

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