Personal Strategic Development Assessment

Strategic Leader: Mohsen

Our circumstances in life do not define us because life is randomly unexpected for us (Flaxington, 2017). Thus, I’m always prepared to face new challenges or events in life. As Ungerer et al. (2016) believe in a VUCA environment, which stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. Under such situation, humans mind is mostly exposed to a great deal of data, and they will end up coming up with new decisions accordingly.

When faced with a problem, we need to decide under stress. Stress in life includes the death of the spouse, loss of beloved, job loss or moving to a new place or vice versa. My strategy for stressful moments is to divert my mind from the situation. I always believe that any change can take place at the last moments; otherwise, I realize that my mind keeps thinking about the future and creating the pictures of the events, whereby leading to stress and frustration.

I believe in anticipation of the coming results of our actions. Feeling and encountering the stressors in life is inevitable because stress causes us to be cautious and pay attention to the given task we are doing. Therefore, I don’t decide before the action; but rather during the activity to be able to alter the course of the action because unless I start doing something, I can’t predict the results. So, my decisions at work as such are based on the course of the action. I read a quote from Steve Jobs that says” knowing what not to do is as important as knowing what do to.” Thus, sometimes doing nothing is the best strategy.

To bring change in life or work demands self-knowledge. This ability helps us know our weak spots or strength and enables us to find out if we’re capable of doing something. (Taylor, 2012). We can then improve our weaknesses and turn them into strengths. My weakness for the desired changes in life or work is trepidation. Sometimes before doing a task or planning, stress and panic leave me in suspense. Therefore, when I learned to decide during the action for more desirable outcomes, I’ve been able to resist that sense of fear. My strength lies in promoting resilience and giving up giving up. I do whatever I can to succeed and to face challenges even if it seems to be difficult or impossible. I have perseverance and commitment.

My core values in life and career consist of integrity, hardworking, problem solving and honesty. I admire creativity and integrity as well as accountability without which life is not worth living.

My mission is to live an honest, peaceful and wise life and to embrace change. I embark on my mission believing the uncertainty of life. Moreover, I want to set up my own business, triggering my employees with my values. I envision a successful future of leadership excellence in both my life and career. I believe in a coexistence culture in society or business setting. I think a cooperation culture can be more useful than the competition one because we can learn through cooperation. For example, employee autonomy is an opportunity for employees to share ideas and find solutions.

Employee autonomy also helps employers to use untapped talents and assign the talented people to the positions they deserve.

In a nutshell, a strategic leader is not arrogant nor stubborn but respects mutual trust in his employees and will provide them the opportunity of sharing ideas, solving problems and helping their peers when in need. Any person can grasp the opportunity of leadership to take the organization to the destination safely.

References

Flaxington, B. (2017). You Are Not Your Circumstances. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/understand-other-people/201705/you-are-not-your-circumstances

Taylor, J. (2012). Personal Growth: “Know Thyself” Is the First Step to Life Change. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/the-power-prime/201201/personal-growth-know-thyself-is-the-first-step-life-change

Ungerer, M., Ungerer, G., & Herholdt, J. (2016). Navigating strategic possibilities : Strategy formulation and execution practices to flourish. Randburg: KR Publishing.