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Leadership: Week 7

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Week 6 Definition: Leadership is about finding strengths and developing them within yourself and those around you. A successful leader is able to step back and see the bigger picture, while still working towards completing their goals in a playful, yet professional manner.

Week 7 Definition: Leadership is about finding strengths and developing them within yourself and those around you, and then understanding what each contributor has to offer. Successful leaders also have the technical skills required for the task and have a feedback process for their members. These leaders are also able to step back and see the bigger picture, while still working towards completing their goals in a playful, yet professional manner that fosters collaboration and creativity.

This definition is the most complex one that I have come up with so far. The readings this week really dug deep into what being a leader takes. I would have added more about what Goleman says about our stress levels being balanced, but I didn't have any room. I feel that this definition is a combination of bits and pieces of most of the readings, even if it is just a basic idea.

Sources:
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.

Rath, T. and Conchie, B. (2009). Strengths-based Leadership: Great teams, leaders, and why people follow. Gallup Press: Washington, D.C.

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

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.

Goleman, D. (2006). "The Sweet Spot for Achievement." Social Intelligence: The new science of human relationships (pp. 267 - 284). New York: Bantam Books.

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.

Leadership: Week 6

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Week 5 Definition: Leadership is about finding strengths and developing them within yourself and those around you. A successful leader has a vision and works toward their goals in a playful, but professional manner.

Week 6 Definition: Leadership is about finding strengths and developing them within yourself and those around you. A successful leader is able to step back and see the bigger picture, while still working towards completing their goals in a playful, yet professional manner.

I still like the first part of my definition. I think that finding strengths is a very important part of being able to lead people. If you don't know what you are good at, you won't be able to lead people effectively. After reading the article about "getting to the balcony," I realized how important it is for leaders to see the bigger picture. If they don't see all of the issues, they won't be effective in their leading.

Sources:
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.

Rath, T. and Conchie, B. (2009). Strengths-based Leadership: Great teams, leaders, and why people follow. Gallup Press: Washington, D.C.

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

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.

Leadership: Week 5 Definition

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Week 4 Definition: Leadership is about finding your strengths and then utilizing them to execute, influence, relate, or strategize with others. Successful leaders are able to develop these strengths not only in themselves, but also in those around them in a playful, professional manner.

Week 5 Definition: Leadership is about finding strengths and developing them within yourself and those around you. A successful leader has a vision and works toward their goals in a playful, but professional manner.

This week's definition is a combination of all of the readings that we have read so far in the course. I used all the different aspects of leaders that have been brought up, because I feel that leadership has so many different meanings and uses. I wanted to be sure that my definition is all-encompassing to cover all the different uses.

Sources:
Rath, T. and Conchie, B. (2009). Strengths-based Leadership: Great teams, leaders, and why people follow. Gallup Press: Washington, D.C.

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

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.

Leadership: Week 4

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Week 3 Definition: Leadership is about finding your strengths and then utilizing them to execute, influence, relate, or strategize with others. Successful leaders are able to develop these strengths not only in themselves, but also in those around them.

Week 4 Definition: Leadership is about finding your strengths and then utilizing them to execute, influence, relate, or strategize with others. Successful leaders are able to develop these strengths not only in themselves, but also in those around them in a playful, professional manner.

I really liked the definition that I had last week. The Roth readings have a good portrayal of what makes a leader. However, they don't take into account the playful, fun attitude that make leaders well-liked. I like that this was a factor in Goleman and Boyatzis's idea of a leader.

Sources:
Rath, T. and Conchie, B. (2009). Strengths-based Leadership: Great teams, leaders, and why people follow. Gallup Press: Washington, D.C.

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

Leadership: Week 3

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Week 2 Definition: Leadership is about finding your strengths and then utilizing them to motivate others. Successful leaders also encourage the development of strengths within their followers.

Week 3 Definition: Leadership is about finding your strengths and then utilizing them to execute, influence, relate, or strategize with others. Successful leaders are able to develop these strengths not only in themselves, but also in those around them.

In this definition, I included the four categories of leadership. I think they are an important aspect of the types of leaders and how they go about their leading. As a leader, knowing what category best suits you can be very beneficial in your delivery of leadership. Rath and Conchie really preach this in their book, Strengths-Based Leadership, when they give examples of four leaders with each of the dominant leadership styles.

Sources:
Rath, T. and Conchie, B. (2009). Strengths-based Leadership: Great teams, leaders, and why people follow. Gallup Press: Washington, D.C.

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