The process and responsibility of leadership demand managers to be more outstanding to lead others towards the achievement of any organization’s goal(s). Foremost, the knowledge of leadership is a unique skill for chosen few individuals. For instance, to be a proficient manager not only for any organization but also for one’s daily chores requires practicing personal and interpersonal attributes that can help managers to be recognized as effective leaders not only by their bosses but also the colleagues. Personal qualities such as self-control, trustworthiness, conscientiousness, creative, honest, confident, delegate, and having excellent communication skills motivate a manager to be a quality leader. On the other hand, one cannot be recognized as an efficient leader without the appreciation from either their bosses or workmates; hence, a good leader should be ready to practice good interpersonal skills with others (Cohn & Moran 2011).

 Likewise, as scholars, there is no exception towards practicing principles, methods, and styles of managing one’s studying strategy to the point of being emulated as a good leader or mentor by other students. Overall, to be an outstanding academic performer, it requires proper planning on how to manage one’s time by preparing a timetable to follow to the latter. However, students often find it difficult to adhere to their schedules; thus, the importance of practicing proper management skills. Once other students notice a change in academic performance for a certain student, they are eager and ready to follow the footsteps of good performing students and learn their secrets of passing examinations.

Therefore, from Jack Ma’s footsteps to success, he applies situational leadership theory that motivates a rational understanding of the state at hand by developing a suitable response when he identified internet business opportunity that did not exist in China. Likewise, as a student I possesses task-oriented and self-awareness traits as a learner to handle my weaknesses in certain subjects by repeatedly studying them in my personal timetable. Further, I believe that being a goal-oriented student make my studying habits unique from those learners with no goals to achieve at the end of their course. For example, at the end of my course, I look forward not only to be a successful manager but also a leader with admirable leadership qualities to prosper in my career as an employee or an employer. Consequently, goal setting helps me to have an achievement mindset towards attaining good grades in my academics.

On the other hand, the progress of Ma success is associated with leadership practices such as hardworking, confidence, risk-taking, and creativity as well as the attitude of working as a team that match studying attitudes of a learner in any learning institution(Baker, O’Malley, & Brilliance Audio (Firm) 2008). Consequently, the importance of trait theory of leadership plays a part in emphasizing that leaders share a commonality in practicing particular behavioral and personality characteristics (Montgomery 2012).  Therefore, as a student, I am committed to undertaking my studies with an attitude of seriousness having it in mind that hard work pays to those who are often willing to make sacrifices in their lives such as devoting most of my time studying rather than in irrelevant leisure activities. Additionally, I believe by practicing a high level of self-control during my studies has helped in coping with challenges faced by most students when they find themselves failing in academics where some even drop out of schools. Therefore, I am inspired that by encouraging my fellow students to refuse being defected by failure can help to develop positive minded scholars capable of dealing with academic difficulties just like an effective leader does when faced with perils of managing organization resources to achieving the set goals (Hill 2014).

Further, applying authentic leadership model, we learn from Ma’s success that originality attitude also contributes to defining the success of every devoted person (In Watson & In Johnson 2013). The model encourages leaders to avoid spending all their time copying characteristics of a perfect leader. Instead, Bill George the founder of this model insists that by figuring out who we are and what is essential to us while leading in a manner that is real help bring up a perfect leader (Dunham, Myers, & Harbridge House, Inc 1978). Jack Ma believed in himself when he decided to start the Alibaba Cooperation Limited as an internet business despite the presence of “giant” internet investors present during the time. Consequently, this portrays the trait of being a risk taker that effective leaders should possess (In Van, In Hondeghem, & In Schwella 2015). Therefore, as a student, I believe the attitude of studying day and night tirelessly serve as a caution to risks associated with failing in academics such as scoring poor grades. Moreover, by encouraging other students to form group discussions for various subjects serve as a leader who inspires teamwork in the workplace. I believe by stimulating the formation of these group discussions it stirs synergy benefits where poor and good performers of a certain subject can help each other respectively (Peshawaria 2014).

Additionally, Ma success can be linked with the transformational or relationship theory of leadership. For instance, Jack Ma is an influential leader not only to the success of Alibaba Corporation but also to the public because of his creativity and innovative ideas with an outstanding management (Bass & Riggio 2006). Therefore, he does not stand alone towards his success but creates an alliance with other people who include subordinate workers and the public. Likewise, as a student, I manage my academic performance by ensuring I create a good rapport with the tutors and fellow students. It is essential to building a cohesive relationship with them because they form the dynamic environment that may influence my academic performance (Prentice & Rabey 2009). For example, by constructing a good rapport with tutors, it will help me to interact with each one of them and develop the confidence to enquire any problem I find it difficult to solve in every subject. On the other hand, as a good student leader, it will require building an understanding with fellow students as a way to ensure proper methods of solving conflicts of interest that may arise during school activities. Further, good rapport enhances team performance and satisfaction that could help in improving classroom and extra curriculum activities. Consequently, this can be supported by the concept that divided people fall while United they succeed in any of their undertakings.

Overall, in conclusion, we can sum up that one can be a manager but fail to be a leader because the former have subordinates working for them while the latter have people following them. Thus, one has to be a resilient leader and manager to encourage their teams to trail them in achieving the vision of success. Further, upon realizing success, one’s surrounding also forms the basis towards real leadership as the environment acts as a step-stone to realizing any achievement as a leader. 


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