Definition, week 10

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Last week's definition: Leadership means assuming both a servant and a directorial position while being aware of one's own personal values and making wise ethical choices 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.

This week's definition: Leadership means assuming both a servant and a directorial position while being aware of one's own personal values and perspectives and making wise ethical choices 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.

This week, I added one small detail to my definition: "perspectives." The reading this week from Heifetz and Linsky stressed the importance of perspectives as they relate to leadership. It is important that one steps out of one's perspective and observes the organization as a whole in order to be a successful leader. Because of this, I find it necessary to amend my leadership definition to reference an awareness of perspectives, as it is crucial to effective leadership. Imagine if leaders only considered their perspective as leaders. Followers would not get what they need out of a leader and leadership itself might run itself into the ground. Perspectives are necessary in life in order to be an understanding and open-minded person, so they are crucial to leadership, as well.

Source:
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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Grade: 10 out of 10
Clarity of the new definition: 2 points
Thoughtfulness of the analysis: 6 points
Grammar, spelling, and APA style: 2 points

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