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Final Definition

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Current Definition: My current definition of a good leader has not changed between this week and last week. This is because although a leader may need to incorporate diverse voices in their organization, they have the last voice in the long run and they need to use their emotional/social intelligence to determine how to react to everyone's voice. I believe this issue was previously addressed so there is no reason to change my definition.

My final definition of a good leader is as follows: A strong leader has excellent communication skills, strong work ethic, clear direction and a desire to do better. They have a strong base of emotional and social intelligence to inspire those around them and must be able to make the difficult decisions no one else wants to. The will surround themselves with a group of people who work together efficiently and can make up for each other's missing abilities.

References:
Kezar, A. (2000). "Pluralistic Leadership: Incorporating Diverse Voices." The Journal of Higher Education, 71(6), Nov. - Dec., 2000, pp. 722-743.

Previous Definition:
My original definition of a leader was a person with strong leadership qualities has excellent communication skills, a strong work ethic and a desire to do better. A leader will surround themselves with a group of people who can work together efficiently and can make up for each other's missing abilities. A leader also needs a strong base of emotional and social intelligence in order to inspire those who work for them and it needs to be added that along with having emotional intelligence they need to fully disclose their dislike of change to their followers. A leader must have a clear goal and direction and must be able to make the difficult decisions no one else wants to since there is often times more than one correct answer to a problem.

References:
Kidder, R. M. (2003). "Overview: The ethics of right vs. right." How Good People Make Tough Choices (pp. 13 - 29). New York: Simon & Schuster.

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.

Kyle, D. T. (1998). "The sovereign: The power of presence." The Four Powers of Leadership: Presence, intention, wisdom, compassion (pp. 159 - 191). Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications Inc.

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

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., & McKee, A. (2002). "Metamorphosis: Sustaining leadership change." Primal Leadership: Learning to lead with emotional intelligence (pp. 139 - 168). Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Kegan, R., & Lahey, L. L. (2009). "We Never Had a Language for It" Immunity to Change: How to overcome it and unlock the potential in yourself and your organization (pp. 61 - 84). Boston: Harvard Business Press.

Gladwell, M. (2005). "The Warren Harding Error: Why we fall for tall, dark, and handsome men." Blink: The power of thinking without thinking (pp. 72 - 98). New York: Pushkin Enterprises.

Tatum, B. D. (1997). "Defining Racism: Can we talk?" Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? (pp. 3 - 17). New York: Basic Books.

Definition #9

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Current Definition:
My definition of what makes a good leader has not changed since last week. This is because, as previously stated, a leader must at the very least be good at what they do otherwise they will not advance in their career. I do not agree with the Gladwell article about the Warren Harding error. Although I acknowledge that there may be subconscious tendencies to favor tall, handsome men over shorter men, women or people of color, if a person does not have what it takes to do well in their career they will not be hired. However, even if they were hired they would not last very long before being fired.

References:
Gladwell, M. (2005). "The Warren Harding Error: Why we fall for tall, dark, and handsome men." Blink: The power of thinking without thinking (pp. 72 - 98). New York: Pushkin Enterprises.

Tatum, B. D. (1997). "Defining Racism: Can we talk?" Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? (pp. 3 - 17). New York: Basic Books.

Previous Definition:
My original definition of a leader was a person with strong leadership qualities has excellent communication skills, a strong work ethic and a desire to do better. A leader will surround themselves with a group of people who can work together efficiently and can make up for each other's missing abilities. A leader also needs a strong base of emotional and social intelligence in order to inspire those who work for them and it needs to be added that along with having emotional intelligence they need to fully disclose their dislike of change to their followers. A leader must have a clear goal and direction and must be able to make the difficult decisions no one else wants to since there is often times more than one correct answer to a problem.

References:
Kidder, R. M. (2003). "Overview: The ethics of right vs. right." How Good People Make Tough Choices (pp. 13 - 29). New York: Simon & Schuster.

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.

Kyle, D. T. (1998). "The sovereign: The power of presence." The Four Powers of Leadership: Presence, intention, wisdom, compassion (pp. 159 - 191). Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications Inc.

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

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., & McKee, A. (2002). "Metamorphosis: Sustaining leadership change." Primal Leadership: Learning to lead with emotional intelligence (pp. 139 - 168). Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Kegan, R., & Lahey, L. L. (2009). "We Never Had a Language for It" Immunity to Change: How to overcome it and unlock the potential in yourself and your organization (pp. 61 - 84). Boston: Harvard Business Press.

Definition #8

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Along with the previous definition of a leader, it needs to be added that along with having emotional intelligence they need to fully disclose their dislike of change to their followers. Very few people like change, especially if it requires effort, and so without acknowledging your own resistance to change why should any of your followers? By acknowledging your weakness you can accept it, work on it and move past it.

References:
Goleman, D., Boyatzis, R., & McKee, A. (2002). "Metamorphosis: Sustaining leadership change." Primal Leadership: Learning to lead with emotional intelligence (pp. 139 - 168). Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Kegan, R., & Lahey, L. L. (2009). "We Never Had a Language for It" Immunity to Change: How to overcome it and unlock the potential in yourself and your organization (pp. 61 - 84). Boston: Harvard Business Press.

Previous definitions:
My original definition of a leader was a person with strong leadership qualities has excellent communication skills, a strong work ethic and a desire to do better. They know how to delegate power, give credit where it is due and urge their fellow workers/group members to do better. They know what needs to happen and they dedicate as much time to it as needed until it is finished. A leader will surround themselves with a group of people who can work together efficiently and can make up for each other's missing abilities. This makes up the ideal team, each being able to handle a specific aspect of the project. A leader also needs a strong base of emotional and social intelligence in order to inspire those who work for them. You cannot be a good leader if you are ignorant to others basic emotional needs. However, although a leader should be prepared and the "rock" everyone can rely on, a little fear is not a bad thing as long as it is handled professionally. Fear is a great driving force when used carefully and sparingly. A leader must have a clear goal and direction. If they do not know what they want or where they are heading, how should their followers know? Followers need guidance as to what and where they are headed for; otherwise they may leave their leader for a new one who provides a clear compass. A leader must be able to make the difficult decisions no one else wants to since there is often times more than one correct answer to a problem. However, when it comes to legal matters they may only have the option to choose the right and legal answer otherwise they may put their team/company in jeopardy if they choose mercy over justice in those situations.

References:
Kidder, R. M. (2003). "Overview: The ethics of right vs. right." How Good People Make Tough Choices (pp. 13 - 29). New York: Simon & Schuster.

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.

Kyle, D. T. (1998). "The sovereign: The power of presence." The Four Powers of Leadership: Presence, intention, wisdom, compassion (pp. 159 - 191). Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications Inc.

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

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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