February 2012 Archives

Week 6

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Last Week:
Leadership is inspiring others to mirror your dedication to pursue a common ambition. A leader, understands his and his followers' strengths and values to maximizes the team's impact. No matter the situation a leader is positive, proactive and thinks about every point of view.

This week:
Leadership is inspiring others to mirror your dedication to pursue a common ambition. A leader, understands his and his followers' strengths and values to maximizes the team's impact. No matter the situation a leader is positive, proactive and thinks about every point of view.

Analysis:
This week I did not change my definition because this weeks reading, "A social change model of leadership development" talked about the 7 C's and I feel that they are included in my definition. Especially citizenship because as my last sentence says "every point of view" and that includes the whole community. This week I have experienced the importance of being proactive when I was challenged by a fellow club member. She disagreed with what I said and then I considered her point of view and we found common ground instead of being negative about our disagreement.

Astin, H.S., & Astin, A. W. (1996). A social change model of leadership development: Guidebook (version III) (pp. 4 - ‐ 27). Los Angeles: University of California Los Angeles Higher Education Research Institute.

Week 5

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Last week:
Leadership is influencing others to pursue a common ambition. A leader, understands his and his followers' strengths and values to maximizes the team's impact. No matter the situation a leader is positive, proactive and thinks about every point of view.

This Week:
Leadership is inspiring others to mirror your dedication to pursue a common ambition. A leader, understands his and his followers' strengths and values to maximizes the team's impact. No matter the situation a leader is positive, proactive and thinks about every point of view.


Analysis:
This week I added the concept of your followers mirroring a good leader's actions from the "Social intelligence and the biology of leadership" reading. Leaders must set the expectations while also including the followers and helping them maximize their potential. When followers see their leaders working hard and doing their best they will also do their best. This week I let the rest of my definition the same because my FFA leader set the pace but didn't notice when I did my best. This showed a lack of him understanding my strengths and did not helping me maximize my potential.


Source:
Goleman, D., & Boyatzis, R. (2008). "Social intelligence and the biology of leadership." Harvard Business Review, 86(9), 74-­‐81. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=keh&AN=33983120&site=ehost-­‐live

Week 4

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Last week:
Leadership is influencing others to pursue a common ambition. A leader, no matter the situation is positive, proactive and thinks about every point of view.

This Week:
Leadership is influencing others to pursue a common ambition. A leader, understands his and his followers' strengths and values to maximizes the team's impact. No matter the situation a leader is positive, proactive and thinks about every point of view.

Analysis:
This week I added the concept of values to my definition because I learned a lot about how important it is to understand others values, ambitions, and strengths. After I read about the importance of values in "Base your leadership values on personal values" I realized it applies to friendships and leadership. My friend Bridget and I get along really well because we have similar goals and values, when we go to an event together we both know what we want to accomplish so we work together to make it happen. Leadership is the same way you have a goal and you accomplish it in a way that lines up with your values.

Lee, R. J. & King, S. N. (2001). Base your leadership values on personal values. Discovering the leader in you: A guide to realizing your personal leadership potential. (pp. 55 - 70). San Francisco: Jossey-­‐Bass.

Week 3

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Last week:
Leadership is influencing others to pursue a common ambition. A leader, no matter the situation or position must be proactive and have a positive attitude.

This week:
Leadership is influencing others to pursue a common ambition. A leader, no matter the situation is positive, proactive and thinks about every point of view.

Analysis:
After reading, "Get on the balcony" I have realized that leaders must be mindful of the group's feelings. There is great need for leaders to be mindful to the situation as a whole and react proactively. The majority of my definition hasn't changed since I feel that it was supported by the experiences I had this week.

"Heifetz, R. A., & Linsky, M. (2002). "Get on the balcony." Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the dangers of leading (pp. 51 ‐ 74). Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Week 2

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Last week:
Leadership is the leading of others with no hidden agendas, and having the best interest for all. In order to remain a leader there must be respect, so leadership is balancing the peoples respect and the well being for all that is not always the easiest route.

This week:
Leadership is influencing others to pursue a common ambition. A leader, no matter the situation or position must be proactive and have a positive attitude.

Analysis:
After reading, "Deciding what you believe" I have decided that I define leadership as not positional but everywhere (Terry, p.28.) I have also discovered that leaders not only have respect but they have to influence because they are doing something that others also wish to pursue. A leader is nothing if no one follows them so they must be influential. Leaders also should be positive and proactive to lead the group in the best way possible.

Terry, R. (2001)."Deciding what you believe." Seven zones for leadership: Acting authentically in stability and chaos (pp. 20 ‐ 40). Mountain View, CA: Davies‐ Black Publishing, Inc.

Week 1

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Leadership is the leading of others with no hidden agendas, and having the best interest for all. In order to remain a leader there must be respect, so leadership is balancing the peoples respect and the well being for all that is not always the easiest route.

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