Leaders who are able to interact on/offline will have the opportunity to make effective communication since online communities involves many elements: people, shared purpose, guidelines, collaborative learning, technology, and reflective practice. Using these elements will make a Leader an effective communicator.
As a leader, it is important to never let the first impression lead you into thinking or making assumption about someone's personality. If a leader is being racism towards anyone, he/she should take responsibility for his or her own action.
My definition is different from last week since it focuses on first impression and racism. I can agree that Gladwell had made a good point about how people can interpreted people first impression appearance--their size, shape or color and sex and not dig deeper to know the person's true identity at first. As for Tatum, I also learn a lot about racism but what I don't agree on about her knowledge is that she assume that all white are racism. To be honest, I'm not white and I think I am racism at times to the race I'm not familiar with. I try my best not too but it is confusing when I don't understand where they come from.
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.
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.