March 2012 Archives

Leadership Update

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Last week's definition:
Leadership must be based on an understanding of yourself, the group you're leading , the situation on hand, and a self-awareness of your own strengths and needs. Knowing and communicating the problem reduces the stress placed on the leader, and as Heifetz (2009) states, even if this involves explaining the problem to someone outside the organization (2009).

This week's definition:
Leadership must be based on an understanding of yourself, the group you're leading , the situation at hand, and a self-awareness of your own strengths and needs. A genuine calling can take a leader from good to great because others want to share in their vision (Barbuto 2007).Knowing and communicating this identified problem reduces the stress placed on the leader, making him more effective and able to impact more followers.

Analysis:
This week's readings have shown that leaders who are servant leaders or make social changes are the most influential. Their work and calling sets them apart from leaders who do not have a genuine concern for change.

Barbuto, J. E., & Wheeler, D. W. (2007). "Becoming a Servant Leader: Do you have what it takes?" Retrieved from www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/live/g1481/build/g1481.pdf

Heifetz, R., Grashow, A., & Linsky, M. (2009). "Leadership in a (permanent) crisis." Harvard Business Review, 87(7), 62-69. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=keh&AN=41997981&site=ehost-live

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