Week 4 Definition:

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Last Week's Definition: Leadership is directing, supporting, inspiring, and organizing a group of people to accomplish a certain goal. In order to be effective, leaders should gain the trust of the group, provide members with compassion, build hope and create stability from the center rather than the top of the hierarchy (Kyle, 1998), while also remaining true to their own personality characteristics (Rath & Conchie, 2008). Leadership can be displayed in a number of ways including being a visionary, a coach, by creating harmony and connecting people, taking a democratic approach, by pacesetting, or by commanding (Goleman, Boyatzis, & McKee, 2002).


Goleman, D., Boyatziz, R., & McKee, A. (2002). "The leadership repertoire." Primal leadership: Learning to lead with emotional intelligence (pp. 53 - 69). Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.

Kyle, D. T. (1998). "The sovereign: The power of presence." The Four Powers of Leadership: Presence, intention, wisdom, compassion (pp. 159 - 191). Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications Inc.

Rath, T., & Conchie, B. (2008). Strengths Based Leadership. New York, NY:Gallup Press.


This Week's Definition: Leadership is directing, supporting, inspiring, and organizing a group of people to accomplish a certain goal. In order to be effective, leaders should gain the trust of the group, provide members with compassion, build hope and create stability from the center rather than the top of the hierarchy (Kyle, 1998). In addition, the most effective leaders have high levels of self-awareness, incorporate their personal vision with their leadership vision (Lee & King, 2001) , and acknowledge and utilize their personal strengths as leaders (Rath & Conchie, 2008).


Goleman, D., Boyatziz, R., & McKee, A. (2002). "The leadership repertoire." Primal leadership: Learning to lead with emotional intelligence (pp. 53 - 69). Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.

Kyle, D. T. (1998). "The sovereign: The power of presence." The Four Powers of Leadership: Presence, intention, wisdom, compassion (pp. 159 - 191). Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications Inc.

Lee, R. J., & King, S. N. (2001). "Ground your leadership vision in a personal vision." Discovering the Leader in You: A guide to realizing your personal leadership potential (pp. 31 - 54). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Inc.

Rath, T., & Conchie, B. (2008). Strengths Based Leadership. New York, NY:Gallup Press.

This week I took out the final sentence of Week 3's definition, which gave examples of leaders. I thought that it was more important to include the idea from this week's reading by Lee & King, which was that the most effective leaders were self-aware and balanced this personal vision with their leadership vision. I think that this reading definitely stresses the importance of being self-aware and incorporating those strengths into your leadership vision. You can't be a leader by using characteristics or strengths you don't possess. I think that this week's reading by Lee & King is a great addition to the first week's reading by Rath & Conchie. Rath & Conchie stress the importance of leading by using your leadership strengths, and Lee & King stress the importance of knowing these strengths and incorporating them into your leadership vision.

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Excellent thoughts. I am enjoying seeing this emerge.

10 points out of 10 possible.

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