It might sound like a cliché but all leaders really are different! Different people will manage their team and tasks in different ways, and even change their style of leadership according to the team or task being addressed. In your first experience in a workplace it can be daunting to know how to behave with your supervisor, just as it can be sometimes daunting for your supervisor to lead you on your internship experience – they want you to have a good experience and to do your best, but they may not know which leadership style is best for you straight away.
Below we have listed some different styles of leadership that you will probably come across during your internship and throughout your career, as well as some tips for how to work with a leader using that style.
Democratic leaders involve their team in the decision making processes. This leadership style is a very open and collegial style of running a team, and ideas move freely amongst the group and are discussed openly. If this style was summed up in one phrase, it would be "What do you think about this?"
For interns working with this kind of leader, you can freely share your ideas and are expected to contribute to your team. Try to be proactive and creative, and you will be noticed!
Bureaucratic leaders are generally procedure-focused, and usually distance themselves from their employees. These leaders ensure that all the steps have been followed prior to sending it to the next level of authority. This kind of leadership prevents conflict of ideas among leaders and their team.
For interns, you just need to listen to your supervisor’s instructions and follow what your supervisor asks you to do. If you have any new ideas, bring them up with your supervisor privately as they will appreciate it more than a group discussion.
Laissez Faire Leaders
Laissez faire is a French phrase meaning “leave it be.” In this leadership style, the leader leaves the team to work on their own. Under this lack of supervision, creativity and innovative thinking will be enhanced. This is more suitable for interns who have some experience and can work on honing their skills through the internship tasks.
For interns who lack experience but are exposed to this leadership style, it is better to structure yourself by reporting your progress regularly to your supervisor in case of any mistakes or misunderstandings.
Charismatic leaders inspire their employees, establish a vision and communicate it with passion and enthusiasm. A charismatic leader gathers followers through personality and charm, rather than any form of external power or authority. They listen to the things you say, but remember, they also see the things you do.
For interns, working with this kind of leader can be inspiring but you can also feel overwhelmed when taken on too many tasks. Make sure you are aware of your workload and do not take on too much. You will learn a lot about time management with this kind of leader!
Remember, you will come across each of these styles of leadership throughout your career, and a good leader will use all of these styles depending on the task at hand.
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Shun-Wen SHIH - IT
Name: Shun-Wen SHIH
Field: Information Technology
Why did you decide to do your internship in Australia?
Based on the structure of internship program is built in well, and it is great reputation from previous interns which I saw in the intern testimonials on the website, and it brought my attention on deciding this program to further step.
What made this experience unique and special?
The internship with my host was unique and you will never know what is your host will be. Luckily, my host treat me well and assigning every new chance on anything which can improve my experience in variety of applications. Also, they pass the administer permission to me on their online platform which used heavily to them, and normally company won’t pass a certain high level of permission to an intern (I reckon) because it could cause platform failure by a single click. Fortunately, I am not in the case, and going well now.
How has this experience impacted your future?
The main application I used during the internship is Office 365 which made by Microsoft in recent year, and it has dominated a certain percentage in market worldwide, and I am lucky to have chance play around this to improve my skills by utilizing this tool, I believed this will be significant part of my career in future.
What was the highlight of your experience?
From the previous one and half month, I have learned a lot from how the business works in terms of IT consultant. Discuss the customer needs, and follow up several meetings to develop scoping for clients. it is rich experience in various aspects, such as business, IT technical, and expending network.
What advice you would offer someone considering interning abroad in Australia?
In my perspective of doing an internship in Australia, there is nothing you should be afraid of then nothing you cannot learn. Preparing you attitude in confident, positive, and can-do, you will enjoy the life of internship in Australia.
Linda Harrison – Accounts Manager
I am a Brisbane local having spent most of my life in and around Brisbane. I live about 1.5 hours from Brisbane in a small town where I love the space, peace and quiet. I have worked with accounts/finance and client service for over 10 years. My true passion in life is family being a proud mum of two, and grandmother of 2 (soon to be 4).
How would you describe your work?
I am responsible for all the accounts and bookkeeping at Australian Internships. I take care of invoicing, paying all the bills, taxation and all accounts related tasks. I also make sure that all our interns are enrolled in insurance before they start their internship.
What do you like the most about your work?
I love making relationships with people and getting things done! I am a perfectionist and love to get things done! I love the sense of accomplishment at the end of the day knowing that everything important has been actioned.
Your message to the interns?
Life is short! Make the most of every moment. Smile… dance in the rain… live… love… and learn what you can!
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