Last week's definition: Leadership means stepping up and taking on a deliberate approach to guide subordinates toward goals while providing them with hope, stability, compassion, and trust.
This week's definition: Leadership means being aware of one's own personal values as one assumes responsibilities for the direction of others, taking deliberate approaches to guide subordinates toward goals while providing them with hope, stability, compassion, and trust.
My definition of leadership has morphed and expanded this week due to the readings we have read. Both "Ground your leadership vision in a personal vision" and "Deciding what you believe" have further convinced me that leadership involves a great deal of self-awareness in order to be successful. The eight leadership pairs of themes from "Deciding what you believe" go hand and hand with the deliberate approach from last week's definition, as deciding one's stance on leadership is crucial for success in that leadership must have direction and goals. A leader must analyze her own personal values and transform them into leadership values through careful reflection, while also deciding upon her preferred approaches to leadership. This way, a leader will have enough expertise and command of her role to be able to successfully lead her followers.
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.