Week eight part one

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Lat week's definition: Last week's definition: Leader ship is not only about having the right attitude to lead but it is also about having a vision. A new addition to my leadership definition is the word " Vision." Successful leaders are ones that also have a clear vision of what they want in life.

The additional word to this week's definition is "calm." Instead of panicking or choking, good leaders need to be in control of a stressful situation.

According to People panic in the time of stress. And a great deal of stress erases short-term memory. Glad considers panic and choking as two forms of failure. Panicking causes loss of short-term memory. On the other hand, choking causes someone to be "markedly slower and less fluid." In other words, choking results in revising what was learned. In a state of panicking, instead of revising what was learned, people go blank. Although the author discusses general forms of panic and choking, when we bring his illustrations into the leadership role, it is very realistic. At times managing (leading) people can be hands full. Dealing with different types of people and personalities can be very challenging. When facing with stressful situations, leaders might forget their core leadership techniques, such as the ones in my definition, or be slower in their decisions (choking state). Therefore, to be a good leader that survives a stressful environment, one must be calm. According to Gladwell, having sufficient experience will be helpful in being calm in hard situations.

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Thanks for your post. There are some nice, nascent elements here.

I am a little confused. I don't see the new definition anywhere. That's a problem.

You also cite "Glad" and "Gladwell"; be careful to cite and attribute properly, please. You aren't yet using proper APA style for your citations. There are some spelling and grammar errors that confuse the post significantly.

Be careful about suggesting that "calm" is the watch word for all leaders. Sometimes swift, aggressive action is called for, I would suggest. The word calm has specific connotations, and you need to ensure that you are clarifying how you mean it. You do a relatively good job of this, but it's important to note.

Grade: 5 out of 10.
Clarity of the new definition: 0 points
Thoughtfulness of the analysis: 4 points
Grammar, spelling, and APA style: 1 points

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