November 2012 Archives

Leadership 9

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Previous week 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 a team to accomplish specific goals efficiently through the collaboration between individuals.
  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 positive ways as well as be inspirational.

This week 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 a team to accomplish specific goals efficiently through the collaboration between individuals.
  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 positive ways as well as be inspirational.

Analysis of the differences in the definitions:

Komives,Lucas, and McMahon (1998) defined a group as "three or more people interacting and communicating interpersonally over time in order to reach a goal". In the article, they also made a distinction between group and team in which a team was considered to be a group of people collaborating while possessing five meaningful characteristics. (Komives et. al.,2008). I decided to agree with their definition of team and make no change to my second definition of leadership. While my definition does not change structurally, its perspective does change significantly.

References:

Komives, S. R., Lucas, N., & McMahon, T. R. (1998). "Interacting in Teams and Groups." Exploring Leadership: For college students who want to make a difference (pp. 165 - 194). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Leadership 8

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Previous week 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.


This week 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 positive ways as well as be inspirational.


Analysis of the differences in the definitions:

Whether leadership is positional or collaborative, one aspect of leadership that does not change to my opinion is other people are involved in the process that their importance is irrefutable. Therefore, I believe it is important that a leader acts in such a way that the surrounding people are able to respond positively such as by treating people equally and with respect. An example of such leader is Golomb who had successfully refrained himself from committing the Warden Harring error. The results were a group of customers who were satisfied with his customer service and the fulfillment of his leadership role as a salespeople as he managed to sell a lot of cars. (Gladwell,2005) Based on these considerations, I decided to modify my third definition to be more specific than the previous one.

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.

Leadership 7

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Previous week 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.

This week 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:

This week, I would like to discuss my third definition of leadership that is "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 ". According to Heifetz and Linsky (2002), a leader must "take action, step back, assess the result of the action, reassess the plan, then go to the dance floor (go back to the situation) and make the next move". There is a need to be aware of the nature of a situation through the realization of the non obvious aspect of it (Heifetz & Linsky,2002). There are two things that I found interesting in the article and it is also very related to my definition of leadership. First, subtlety is a result of unconscious action of people from their own values. For example, in the case of Amanda, people around her might believe in superiority based on their overwhelming reaction towards Brian's idea and they might not even realize that they have such belief (Heifetz & Linsky,2002). Secondly,I believe balcony perspective is a guide to improve with decision-making for leader so that they are more conscious than they are with their own actions. In a nutshell,article by Heifetz and Linsky (2002) supports my third definition of leadership for this week. 

References:

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.

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