Last week's definition:
From this week's reading it's clearer that defining leadership is not as easy as it seems. There are many scholars that went about defining it, and the truth of the matter is, they often contradict each other Terry, (2001). Instead of trying to put together a sentence to express the meaning of leadership, looking at it from different angles is very important. According to McKee, A. (2002) there are six different styles of leadership namely, Visionary, coaching, democratic, facilitative, pacesetting, and commanding. Amongst these, four are useful to receive positive outcome and the other two negatively affect performance. From the list of traits above we can see that being a successful leader is to be able to drive people in the right direction with the right attitude. Although commanding and pacesetting are perceived mainly negatively, they are sometimes useful. Over all, the scope of a leadership and what it entails is wider that it usually seems like and I can't wait to learn more.
This Week's definition:
The reading from this week further proves and supports my definition of a good leader from last week. Specifically part of the definition that talked about what it means to be a successful leader, which reads; " To be a successful leader is to be able to drive people in the right direction with the right attitude."
Gallup.com; on their press section of the discussion on "Strengths Based Leadership" issue discussed that there is no one strength or attitude all good leaders posses. Rather, it all depends on the how good leaders identify theirs' and their employee's strength and use it to their benefit. It's true that effective leaders invest on strength and reap the return. According to Gallup, when leaders focus on their employee's strength, the probability of each worker being engaged with their work is eightfold bigger than when the opposite is true.
Another valuable thing I found from this week's reading is that, although having all of the four domains of leadership, namely; executing, influencing, relationship building and strategic thinking are important skills, survey that was conducted by Gallup shows that leaders who, only, strive to peruse those skills were found to be the least effective. And leaders who communicate cumulative advantage to their employees are able to achieve a faster individual and organizational growth.