My definition last week: Leadership can be viewed positionally, though it also incorporates the ability to dynamically blend a mixture of leadership styles to address each unique situation. Leadership involves serving others, and it can be an extenuation of the leader's personhood.
This week's definition: [Same]
Analysis: Though some interesting concepts were proposed this week, I did not feel like there was ever a "Eureka" moment where I came to see something I had previously glossed over through a new paradigm.
Yes, the efficacy of a leader is partially dependent upon the responsiveness of the followers. And yes, the interactions between the values of an individual, group, and community contribute to determining the dynamics of the situation. However, there was not a new-found dimension that was brought to light in the readings this week.
I will, however, note a couple of sentences that interested me. Kouzes and Posner stated that "in every survey we conducted, honesty was selected more often than any other leadership characteristic" (pp.233). This leads me to speculate that many of the people surveyed may have been wounded by a dishonest leader at some point in their past.
Also, I believe the assertion made by Kouzes and Posner that "it might not seem right to be judged so harshly, but followers perceive leadership in their own terms, and those terms are not always fair" (pp. 239) is quite astute. It is important to always remember that regardless of the operational framework, we are all people who are biased by our own unique experiences. Therefore, our analysis of any situation will undoubtedly be imperfect.
Kouzes, James M. and Barry Z. Posner (1989). "Leadership is in the Eye of the Follower," The 1989 Annual: Developing Human Resources. New York: Pfeiffer and Company