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Leadership 6

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Previous definitions of leadership:
Leadership is a collection of essential personal skills that are to be learned in an ongoing basis; versatility is one of them.
Leadership helps an individual to accomplish specific goals efficiently.
Leadership can also be choices of actions made consciously and unconsciously from one's personal values and beliefs, which can affect other people in many ways.

This week's definition:

Leadership is a collection of essential personal skills that are to be learned in an ongoing basis; versatility is one of them. 
Leadership helps a team to accomplish specific goals efficiently through the collaboration between individuals.
Leadership can also be choices of actions made consciously and unconsciously from one's personal values and beliefs, which can affect other people in many ways.


Analysis of the differences in the definitions:

Previously, my definition of leadership was to enable an individual to accomplish a goal effectively. However, after careful thought, I redefined my definition of leadership with focus on team rather than individual. I think interdependency between people is unavoidable as an individual will have a lot of limitations in which can be balanced with the support from other individual. I agree with Astin and Astin (1996) that, "leadership involves collaborative relationships that lead to collective action grounded in the shared values of people who work together to effect positive change". Another statement that I agree upon and does support my new definition is found in Heifetz, Grashow, and Linsky (2009), which says "Individual executives just don't have the personal capacity to sense and make sense of all the change swirling around them. They need to distribute leadership responsibility, replacing hierarchy and formal authority with organizational bandwidth, which draws on collective intelligence."

References:

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.

Heifetz, R., Grashow, A., & Linsky, M. (2009). "Leadership in a (permanent) crisis." Harvard Business Review, 87(7), 62-69. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=keh&AN=41997981&site=ehost-live


Leadership 5

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Previous definitions of leadership:
Leadership is a collection of essential personal skills that are to be learned in an ongoing basis; versatility is one of them. Leadership helps an individual to accomplish specific goals efficiently. Leadership can also be choices of actions made consciously and unconsciously from one's personal values and beliefs, which can affect other people in many ways.

This week's definition:

  1. Leadership is a collection of essential personal skills that are to be learned in an ongoing basis; versatility is one of them. 
  2. Leadership helps an individual to accomplish specific goals efficiently. 
  3. Leadership can also be choices of actions made consciously and unconsciously from one's personal values and beliefs, which can affect other people in many ways.

Analysis of the differences in the definitions:

The article written by Heifetz, Grashow, and Linsky (2009) supports my first definition of leadership, that is leadership is an ongoing process of learning new skills. Every day is a new challenge that can be unpredictable, demanding as well as risky (Heifetz et al.,2009). Therefore, a leader needs to be skilled at "fostering adaptation", "embracing disequilibrium", and "generating leadership" (Heifetz et al.,2009)

Reference:

Heifetz, R., Grashow, A., & Linsky, M. (2009). "Leadership in a (permanent) crisis." Harvard Business Review, 87(7), 62-69. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=keh&AN=41997981&site=ehost-live  



Leadership 4

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Previous definitions of leadership


  1. In my opinion, leadership is a collection of essential personal skills that are to be learned in an ongoing basis. Leadership helps an individual to accomplish specific goals efficiently. Leadership could also be inspirational and philosophical.
            1. Goleman's reading has improved my previous view of leadership. It helps me to define my "essential personal skills" to become more specific. With that being said, I think leadership is versatility. ...my new perspective will hopefully guide me to be able to respond to a situation appropriately
      1. This week, I have a new perspective on leadership after I went over self evaluation as provided by Lee and King (2001) and Terry (2001). I think leadership is choices of actions made consciously and unconsciously from one's personal values and beliefs.
This week's definition: Leadership is a collection of essential personal skills that are to be learned in an ongoing basis; versatility is one of them. Leadership helps an individual to accomplish specific goals efficiently. Leadership can also be choices of actions made consciously and unconsciously from one's personal values and beliefs, which can affect other people in many ways.

Analysis of the differences in the definitions: From Terry (2001), I was thought-provoked if I think leadership is ethical or both ethical and unethical and my answer was the latter. I think leadership can be divided into two general kinds; 1) good leadership and 2) bad leadership. Both kinds affect people in various ways and clearly not being ethical affect other people in a harmful way as suggested by Paul and Elder (2006). Leader can believe and practice dictatorship but if in any way it harms the people governed by the idea, it is a bad leadership.

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.
Paul, R., & Elder, L. (2006). "The Function of Ethics -- and Its Main Impediement." Understanding the Foundations of Ethical Reasoning (pp. 4 - 36). Dillon Beach, CA: Foundation for Critical Thinking.
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.

Leadership #3

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This week, I have a new perspective on leadership after I went over self evaluation as provided by Lee and King (2001) and Terry (2001). I think leadership is choices of actions made consciously and unconsciously from one's personal values and beliefs. When I discovered my personal core values and belief, I could relate with how I acted in my previous leadership experience. Apparently, one of my core values is family and I believe that leadership is spiritual. I was once a youth group leader for a kids program and I motivated them to put their best effort to excel in the academic field because God will eventually reward it with success.

Despite having a new definition of leadership, I still believe that my previous definitions are valid.

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.
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.

Leadership? #2

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Goleman's reading has improved my previous view of leadership. It helps me to define my "essential personal skills" to become more specific. With that being said, I think leadership is versatility. Reflecting on myself, I have yet to be a versatile leader. I find it hard to use coerciveness style of leadership because I prefer harmony environment. However, my new perspective will hopefully guide me to be able to respond to a situation appropriately.

Other than that, "Understanding why people follow" is a very inspiring discussion. It is an endorsement to my view that leadership is inspirational as I read through stories of leaders who prioritize the needs of their followers.

Goleman, Daniel (2000). "Leadership that Gets Results." Harvard Business Review, 78(2), 78-90.
Rath, T. & Conchie, B. (2009). "Understanding why people follow." Strengths based leadership: Great leaders, teams, and why people follow. (pp. 79 - 85). New York: Gallup Press.

Leadership #1

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In my opinion, leadership is a collection of essential personal skills that are to be learned in an ongoing basis. Leadership helps an individual to accomplish specific goals efficiently. Leadership could also be inspirational and philosophical.

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