Last Week's definition: "As I have begun reading more about different types of leadership it has begun to become more apparent to me that not only is being a leader about being there for the people you are leading, but it is bettering yourself for them as well. I think that it is important for leaders to learn exactly what the people they are trying to lead need and to adapt to those needs. A leader must be consistently bettering themselves, therefore bettering the whole team. At the same time, I think it is possible for a leader to have multiple, ever-changing leadership styles, but only because a leader must being doing what is best for their team.:
This Week's Definition: I still believe that a leader is most effective when they consistently keep the best interest of the group in the forefront of their minds, as I defined in my first post. In addition to my thoughts last week about leaders needing to better themselves in order to make the team better, I think that leaders must analyze why they lead in a certain way and why they lead, period. Leaders need to feel personal satisfaction, in accordance with their personal values, from the position they are in as a leader and the goals they are trying to accomplish.
Analysis of the differences: The Lee & King reading really hit home for me this week. I realized that not only does a leader need to better themselves, but they need to know and understand 'why' they are bettering themselves. According to Lee & King, "effective leadership depends first on one's personal vision and then one's leadership vision." (Lee & King, 2001, p. 31) I understand now that it is extremely important to be aware of why you are being a leader, taking into account your values, past, motivation and future aspirations. It finally clicked for me that being a leader is so much more than getting people to accomplish what you want them to, there are two sides to this story and the leader is equally as important.
Lee, R. J., & King, S. N. (2001). "Ground your leadership vision in a personal vision."
Discovering the Leader in You: A guide to realizing your personal leadership potential (pp. 31 - 54). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Inc.