Definition, week 12

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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 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's definition: Leadership means assuming both a servant and a directorial position while being aware of one's own personal values, perspectives, and prejudices 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 have added another clause to my already lengthy leadership definition. I note that it is necessary that a leader should be aware of his or her own personal prejudices in order to lead most successfully. This is due to the article we read this week about the Warren Harding Error. The article was incredibly informative and it shed light on the snap judgments and assumptions we all make in everyday life. Since the article illuminated how common snap judgments such as these are, I believe it is necessary that in order to lead most successfully, one must be aware of one's tendency to judge and work toward being like the car salesman in the article and avoid making foolish errors and assumptions.

Source:
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.

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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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