October 2012 Archives

Emerging Definition of Leadership #4

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Last week's final definition:
My experiences this week have taught me that there is no such thing as a natural born leader. After reading Terry (2001) this concept was clearly demonstrated to me by hearing both sides of the argument of a naturally born leader. I believe that Leadership is something that is learned over time through people and experience. I also learned form Lee and King (2001) I now believe that leadership is largely due to understanding the root of your actions along with your core values.

This weeks definition:
Because of this weeks strong emphasis on ethics, I have learned the correlation between ethics and leadership. I believe that being able to continually develop your ethical standards through decision making is a vital step that will help you mature in your leadership skills. In order to be considered a leader, one must actively put the good of others above themselves.

Analysis of the differences in the definitions:
Last week, I discovered that leadership is something acquired over time, along with the development of ones core values. The importance of core values was stressed again this week with a strong emphasis on ethics in accordance to leadership. This correlation is seen clearly in Kidder (2003) when he exposes the dilemma paradigms of "right versus right." After reading both articles, my definition of leadership expanded with the notion that being a leader also means to be selfless. "human behavior has consequences for the welfare of others" (Paul, 2006)


Citations

Paul, R., & Elder, L. (2006). "The Function of Ethics -- and Its Main Impediement." Understanding the Foundations of Ethical Reasoning (pp. 4 - 36). Dillon Beach, CA: Foundation for Critical Thinking.

Kidder, R. M. (2003). "Overview: The ethics of right vs. right." How Good People Make Tough Choices (pp. 13 - 29). New York: Simon & Schuster.

Emerging Leadership Definition #3

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Last weeks final definition
As the course has continued on, and I have completed the readings, I realized that my definition of Leadership is changing. One of the most recent articles read left a lasting impact on me. A definition given by investor Warren Buffett states, "A leader is someone who can get things done through other people." (Rath, Conchie, 2009, p. 79) This reading taught me that people are not born leaders, but have to earn their followers by creating a sense of trust, compassion, stability and hope. Leadership can also take on many different styles. There is not one specific way to lead, but depending on the situation, some forms can be more beneficial than others.

This weeks definition
My experiences this week have taught me that there is no such thing as a natural born leader. After reading Terry (2001) this concept was clearly demonstrated to me by hearing both sides of the argument of a naturally born leader. I believe that Leadership is something that is learned over time through people and experience. I also learned form Lee and King (2001) I know believe that leadership is largely due to understanding the root of your actions along with your core values.

Analysis of the differences of the definitions
After reading this weeks articles I have a better understanding for where Leadership comes form. My opinions have not necessarily changed, but strengthened. I have learned why I believe what I believe. The course readings expose me to many different opinions and allow me to form my own. Terry (2001) helped me confirm my opinion that leadership is made with this statement, "I have no doubt that leadership can be taught. We learn from experience. That's what maturity is about."


Citations

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.

Terry, R. (2001). "Deciding what you believe." Seven zones for leadership: Acting authentically in stability and chaos (pp. 20 - 40). Mountain View, CA: Davies-Black Publishing, Inc.

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