Last Week's Definition:
A good leader will face tough choices at some point in their career. A good leader will know the right choices to make, it may be tough. According to Kidder, even the people we consider good people face tough choices. Kidder also states, "Tough choices are never easy" (Kidder, p.13).
This week's Definition:
Being able to look beyond your thoughts and Ideas are key. The balcony analogy was great. This allows you to step back and see what is going on, not only with others but with you as well. It enables you to see how effective you as a leader are actually being. Others' reaction to the decisions that you will make are key to what you may decide to do next. When you observe from the balcony you must see yourself as well as the other participants. This is the hardest task of all--to see yourself objectively (Heifietz & Linsky, p.54).
This week, I actually thought a lot about the readings. I have to admit, I did get a little overwhelmed. This was the first time that I felt, it was all too much to think about. I found myself wondering, if I had all of these qualities and am I able to see the things that the author was talking about. I'm not even close to having a conclusion to either of those questions. There are so many scenarios that play out in my head of what I want to be. How do I become that? Will someone give me that opportunity? If I get the opportunity, what will I do with it? I think I will just take this being a "good leader" thing one day at a time. But, my hope is that I step on that balcony and see good things!