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.
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