Last Week's Leadership Definition:
Leading is complex, interactive, needs to be constantly revised, it involves responsibility, and needs a coach. Communicating is a huge part of leading, so it's important to understand it. When communicating, we need to be aware of all the contextual factors affecting the situation. We need to make sure we are on the same page as the other person we are communicating with despite all affecting factors such as culture. We need to understand how our self-concept might be different of that than what other people think of us or who we are to them in that situation. Values is something that affects both communication and leading and understanding your own and the people you communicate with will help for a mutual respect and level of understanding that ensures good communication.
New Leadership Definition:
Everyone encounters resistance in their lives. Whether it is within yourself, or the people you are leading, it's important not only to understand everyone involved and communicate effectively, but to figure out what their competing commitments are. These things will no matter what eventually get in the way.
I never thought about why there is such thing as resistance in terms of competing commitments. This article really helped me re-evaluate my life, and understand leadership more in a way that I am still having trouble articulating.
Boyatzis, R. E. . (2006). An overview of intentional change from a leadership perspetive. Journal of Management Development, 25 (7), 607-623. doi: 10.1108/02621710610678445
Kegan, R., & Lahey, L. L. (2001). The real reason people wo't change. Harvard Business Review, 79(10), 85-92.