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Defining Leadership 7

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Last week:
Leadership is having influence over a group, who share similar goals and philosophies as the leader. Leadership begins with one's core values and priorities in life, which can help direct their decisions and behavior. A leader should be able to view all different perspectives of the group.

This week:
Leadership is having influence over a group, who share similar goals and philosophies as the leader. Leadership begins with one's core values and priorities in life, which can help direct their decisions and behavior. A leader should be able to view all different perspectives of the group.

Difference:
I decided not to change my definition for this week. I am very satisfied with my definition, and felt like this week's readings did not change my views on leadership.

Gladwell (2005) suggested not judging a book by its cover. Where Harding was chosen for presidency based on his physical appearance, but was not equipped for the position. I don't know how this reading would have changed my definition.

Tatum (1997) discussed racism in our society. I did not want to include these ideas into my emerging definition. However, racism could include leaders who share similar values.

Kezar (2000) discussed the different views of leadership among women and men, and the ability to view other perspectives. My definition already included a similar view.

Citations:
1. Gladwell, M. (2005). "The Warren Harding Error: Why we fall for tall, dark, and handsome men." Blink: The power of thinking without thinking (pp. 72 - 98). New York: Pushkin Enterprises.
2. Tatum, B. D. (1997). "Defining Racism: Can we talk?" Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? (pp. 3 - 17). New York: Basic Books.
3. Kezar, A. (2000). "Pluralistic Leadership: Incorporating Diverse Voices." The Journal of Higher Education, 71(6), Nov. - Dec., 2000, pp. 722-743. http://z.umn.edu/kezar

Defining Leadership 6

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Last week:
Leadership is having influence over a group, who share similar goals and philosophies as the leader. Leadership begins with one's core values and priorities in life, which can help direct their decisions and behavior.

This week:
Leadership is having influence over a group, who share similar goals and philosophies as the leader. Leadership begins with one's core values and priorities in life, which can help direct their decisions and behavior. A leader should be able to view all different perspectives of the group.

Difference:
I added this last part to the definition because I strongly agree with the balcony perspective, according to Heifetz (2002). A leader needs the capability of viewing the picture as a whole. They can not get too involved, or they won't be able to see the smaller contributions the entire group is making.

Citation:
Heifetz, R. A., & Linsky, M. (2002). "Get on the balcony." Leadership on the Line: Staying alive through the dangers of leading (pp. 51 - 74). Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Defining Leadership 5

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Last week's definition:
Leadership is having influence over a group, who believe in similar goals and philosophies as the leader. Leadership begins with one's core values and priorities in life, which can help direct their decisions and behavior.

This week's definition:
Leadership is having influence over a group, who share similar goals and philosophies as the leader. Leadership begins with one's core values and priorities in life, which can help direct their decisions and behavior.

Difference:
I was struggling with the word "believe" in last week's definition. Many people can share similar values, but believing in them seems like a stronger commitment. According to Astin (1996) commitment "implies passion, intensity, and duration." I can see a leader being fully committed to an idea, however, its followers may not have the same passion and intensity as the leader.

Citation:
Astin, H. S., & Astin, A. W. (1996). A social change model of leadership development: Guidebook (version III) (pp. 4 - 27). Los Angeles: University of California Los Angeles Higher Education Research Institute.

Defining Leadership 4

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Last Week's Definition:
Leadership is having control over a group, who believe in similar goals and philosophies as the leader. Leadership begins with one's core values and priorities in life, which can help direct their decisions and behavior.

This Week's Definition:
Leadership is having influence over a group, who believe in similar goals and philosophies as the leader. Leadership begins with one's core values and priorities in life, which can help direct their decisions and behavior.

Difference:
This week, I changed the word "Control" to "Influence." I did this because leaders should not necessarily "control" anybody. Nobody enjoys being "controlled." Good leaders have a way about them that make others want to either be like them, want to work with them, or inspire them. Also, influence isn't such a powering word. The word control can provoke fear to some people.

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