I, fortunately, had the opportunity to conduct research with Dr. Aditi Paul this summer regarding employee empowerment in a corporate environment and how to implement effective management techniques. I began to research the different leadership styles and how they are typically incorporated to increase productivity levels and staff satisfaction on a wider scale. Dr. Paul and I have an immense interest in organizational communication and how it can be utilized as a strength to ensure organizations are being effective in their standard operating procedures. Dr. Paul and I met early in the summer to discuss exactly what the research process would look like and how it could analyze a significant concept. We first created a timeline for the research. Thankfully, I will have the opportunity to continue working with Dr. Aditi Paul throughout the year as I will be continuing forward with this research topic to serve as my Senior Honors Thesis. The timeline that we constructed listed all of the stages this research project would maintain. Dr. Paul and I identified a basis for what we wanted to achieve and what we were hoping to fully analyze. In efforts to specify, we decided to focus on leadership styles, primarily. I began to conduct a literature review that is meant to be used as a solid foundation for my research. This will allow us to maintain a form a measurement that will be used to properly and thoroughly analyzed the empowerment levels of employees through effective leadership.
I, primarily, searched through numerous scholarly articles regarding leadership styles, discovering that the main techniques fall under the scope of either Transformational Leadership, Transactional Leadership or Laissez-Faire Leadership; as well as a multitude of subcategories and sections that will also be analyzed and described in my research. I also took it upon myself to conduct my own organic analysis by reading literary works that would provide further insight on effective leadership. I have read through the book, Creating Magic, by Lee Cockerell and have discovered the importance of serving on a surface level within organizations. This was identified to fall under the Transformational form of leadership. I have begun to read Creative Confidenceto gain further insight on the subject matter.
Thereafter, Dr. Paul and I ensured that we stabilized our topic by meeting to discuss the quality of our topic and how we would measure it. We also discussed the importance of identifying our “X” and “Y”. By looking at the concepts through a quantitative lens, we are able to understand and orient ourselves regarding the details and potential results of the research. Overall, Dr. Paul has helped me immensely in identifying an effective research process that works with me and my specific schedule. She has assisted me in identifying my goals for my research, but also for what I would like to achieve with my research in terms of identifying possible conferences and platforms to discuss my findings. This program allowed me to conduct research on a larger scale, which is extremely beneficial for me. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to garner the critical thinking and research skills here at Pace. As an aspiring law student, it is quintessential that I put into practice this type of hands-on, in-depth project. The structure and techniques that I have learned through this program have provided me with the scholarly insight I need to continue being successful both in conducting this research, but also in furthering my academic career.
Throughout my research, I was able to learn a lot regarding leadership styles, but also about research as a whole. Dr. Paul and I met throughout the summer to create a timeline for this research. We began with identifying exactly what our research was going to regard. We analyzed different concepts in a quantitative level ensuring that our penultimate conclusion could be measurable. I spent time throughout the summer doing literary research, reading articles about leadership, management, incentivization and the different types of employee empowerment techniques that employers can implement. I began by reading Creating Magic by Lee Cockerel to get insight from an employers level on how to lead from the ground up. However, I realized the importance of identifying and highlighting the aforementioned concepts as thoroughly as I could.
Dr. Paul and I looked through numerous scholarly articles attempting to decipher just how many leadership styles have been created and how they are used. The three main forms of leadership are transactional, transformational and laissez-faire leadership. However, each of these have their own sub sections of leadership. We have compiled a list of leadership styles and components and plan to use these measurements in further research. We analyzed these styles through conceptualization and operationalization. It was surprising to learn just how many leadership styles there were and how they differ individually. Some leadership styles are nearly identical and differ slightly. Nevertheless, the implementation of a different leadership style, no matter how identical to the previous one, is monumental for employees. The experience at a workplace is changed when the leader or management changes because employees react to a certain types of leadership. After we identified the types of leadership, we created a timeline. Dr. Paul was gracious enough to work with my schedule in plotting out specific points to finish portions of research. I am currently studying for the LSAT and working around the city so a solid time management plan was certainly key to our success in this research. Together, we went over our goals for the project and identified the stages of the research that would need to be completed in order to create something significant and successful.
After reading Creating Magic, I learned about Cockerell’s format of leadership and how important it is to lead from the ground up. Cockerell ensured that he would greet everyone on a surface level as to familiarize himself with all of his employees no matter what level of the hierarchy they were on. Cockerell is explained the importance of transparency, communication and organizational strategy, which were concepts found in many of the leadership models. These findings have raised many questions while simultaneously providing a solid base for my research to sprout from.
In terms of challenges and successes, I feel pretty confident in terms of the track I am on for this research. Meeting with Dr. Paul has given me an opportunity to familiarize myself around the research process, which Dr. Paul is incredibly adept in. I look forward to seeing what I am able to conceive throughout the year with this research. A significant challenge for me was the need to specify exactly what this research would be about and how to be more detailed regarding a certain topic. I tend to be a generalist and want to attack multiple topics at once without the ability to hone in on a specific subject enough to truly analyze it. Dr. Paul has helped me find a formula to focus in on what exactly I am researching. I was also preliminarily concerned with how I wanted to approach the research. I would need to conduct primary research and use that data to measurably complete my research.
Overall, I am excited to utilize my findings and my literature review to continue my research during my senior year as a part of my senior Honors Thesis. I, along with Dr. Paul, am looking forward to finalize our findings in order to successfully present this research at conferences.
As the title suggests, I will be conducting research on employee empowerment and strong leadership styles. This analysis will further provide insight into how empowerment techniques in a corporate space will enable employees to increase productivity, which in turn, alters the overall atmosphere of the company’s culture. Throughout this research, I hope to identify the methods and strategies used by corporate figures to enhance the employee experience. By analyzing these leadership styles, I aspire to understand which approach is ideal for a corporate culture and how it can be implemented in diverse offices. This will provide an in-depth insight into how typical leadership and managerial styles influences intersectional employees.
My goal is to be able to identify how most folks would like to be led, while also analyzing the contrast of how folks have been led in the past. I hope that this correlation will provide information on which leadership style has the most positive impact on employees. I also hope to garner knowledge on whether or not that leadership increases productivity and staff socialization. A primary objective is to take the analysis on leadership and continue to present it at conferences in the next year. Leadership and management have always been important to me. Working as a Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader and a plethora of other on-campus jobs have taught me the true essence of leadership and how its implementation can truly alter how staff members work with one another and how much they are able to achieve as a unit.
In terms of my methodology, I plan to do a lot of literary research. I have recently checked out literary works from the New York Public Library to understand leadership more in-depth. I am currently reading Creating Magic and Creative Confidence, by Lee Cockerell and David Kelley, respectively. Upon doing this research, I hope to gain primary insight by administering surveys to a plethora of individuals regarding leadership styles. I also aspire to set up interviews with corporate officials in order to gain a further understanding of leadership. Being an active member in the student affairs community, I am confident that I will be able to connect with a plethora of individuals who have insight on managing leaders and creating an environment for leaders to develop their full potential.