Last Week's Definition:
Optimal leadership necessitates a fair view of one's faults and prejudices. If you want to be respected in a position of power you must act fairly and uniformly, be upfront about your values and stick to them.
Leadership requires a solid basis in your values and practices, situation arise where one is challenged, fiscally or otherwise, one must remain true to one's morals to remain accesible as a leader.
Throughout the last two weeks reading there has been significant discussion of leadership and decision make in non-idyllic circumstances. This has driven my belief that one must stay true to their beliefs through the proverbial thick and thin; certainly adjusting the the demands of situations but keeping your ideals clear and well defined.
Heifetz, R., Grashow, A., & Linsky, M. (2009). "Leadership in a (permanent) crisis." Harvard Business Review, 87(7), 62-69.
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.