Leadership: Week 11

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This week's definition: Leadership is the ability to unify others under one goal or idea, and to be able to push that group towards the goal, while promoting an energetic and positive environment, while ensuring that all members feel appreciated and useful as part of the team, and working to create cohesion among group members. They should also work to ensure that each member grows and learn and is working according to their values and doesn't feel alienated by others, allowing each member to learn mindfulness and self-awareness. Leaders must also work to understand each of his followers backgrounds / cultures if possible, this wil make it much easier to effectively coordinate with them. Leaders must also work effectively and efficiently to ensure that the group remains on-task and achieves the goals it has previously set out, and should also make sure that that these overarching goals are restated to the group from time to time to make sure that no straying from them occurs. They must also make the group aware of potential differences (sex, race, age) among its members, to be able to maintain efficiency if an issue should arise about these differences.

Last week's definition: Leadership is the ability to unify others under one goal or idea, and to be able to push that group towards the goal, while promoting an energetic and positive environment, while ensuring that all members feel appreciated and useful as part of the team, and working to create cohesion among group members. They should also work to ensure that each member grows and learn and is working according to their values and doesn't feel alienated by others, allowing each member to learn mindfulness and self-awareness. Leaders must also work to understand each of his followers backgrounds / cultures if possible, this wil make it much easier to effectively coordinate with them. Leaders must also work effectively and efficiently to ensure that the group remains on-task and achieves the goals it has previously set out, and should also make sure that that these overarching goals are restated to the group from time to time to make sure that no straying from them occurs.

Analysis: A leader must make sure that differences are noticed and appreciated, and not covered up or ignored. This could lead to potential issues in the future and could negatively impact the group. A leader should make sure that everyone is comfortable or at least appears comfortable with differences among themselves, and can be accepting and understanding of these.

Tatum, B.D. (1997). "Defining Racism: Can we Talk?" Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? (pp. 3-17). New York: Basic Books.

Leadership: Week 10

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This week's definition: Leadership is the ability to unify others under one goal or idea, and to be able to push that group towards the goal, while promoting an energetic and positive environment, while ensuring that all members feel appreciated and useful as part of the team, and working to create cohesion among group members. They should also work to ensure that each member grows and learn and is working according to their values and doesn't feel alienated by others, allowing each member to learn mindfulness and self-awareness. Leaders must also work to understand each of his followers backgrounds / cultures if possible, this wil make it much easier to effectively coordinate with them. Leaders must also work effectively and efficiently to ensure that the group remains on-task and achieves the goals it has previously set out, and should also make sure that that these overarching goals are restated to the group from time to time to make sure that no straying from them occurs.

Las week's definition: Leadership is the ability to unify others under one goal or idea, and to be able to push that group towards the goal, while promoting an energetic and positive environment, while ensuring that all members feel appreciated and useful as part of the team, and working to create cohesion among group members. They should also work to ensure that each member grows and learn and is working according to their values and doesn't feel alienated by others, allowing each member to learn mindfulness and self-awareness. Leaders must also work to understand each of his followers backgrounds / cultures if possible, this wil make it much easier to effectively coordinate with them.

Analysis: After watching Eric at the U Students Like Good Food meeting on Tuesday, I have a better understanding of how a leader is the caretaker for the group and that he must make sure that they don't forget the goals that they are reaching for and that they stay on task and are making tangible progress. Even though he discussed many different topics at the meeting, he made sure to reiterate the issues that were important to him and also to the larger group, this makes it easier to keep on track and to also see that progress is being made.

U Students Like Good Food meeting, 3/27/12

Leadership: Week 9

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This week's definition: Leadership is the ability to unify others under one goal or idea, and to be able to push that group towards the goal, while promoting an energetic and positive environment, while ensuring that all members feel appreciated and useful as part of the team, and working to create cohesion among group members. They should also work to ensure that each member grows and learns and is working according to their values and doesn't feel alienated by others, allowing each member to learn mindfulness and self-awareness. Leaders must also work to understand each of his followers backgrounds / cultures if possible, this wil make it much easier to effectively coordinate with them.

Last week's definition: Leadership is the ability to unify others under one goal or idea, and to be able to push that group towards the goal, while promoting an energetic and positive environment, while ensuring that all members feel appreciated and useful as part of the team, and working to create cohesion among group members. They should also work to ensure that each member grows and learns and is working according to their values and doesn't feel alienated by others, allowing each member to learn mindfulness and self-awareness.

Analysis: Based on my reading from the Cultural Detective's packet I now see that leaders must also be knowledgable and comfortable in many different situations, and also with many different types of people, being of various backgrounds and cultures. It is foolish to think that we won't ever encounter different groups of people throughout our lives and also our leadership endeavors, and so we must train and prepare ourselves to lead effectively in situations like this. By working to understand everyone we encounter we can become supremely efficient in leading multitudes of different groups.

Cultural Detective's Packet

Leadership: Week 8

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This week's definition: Leadership is the ability to unify others under one goal or idea, and to be able to push that group towards the goal, while promoting an energetic and positive environment, while ensuring that all members feel appreciated and useful as part of the team, and working to create cohesion among group members. They should also work to ensure that each member grows and learns and is working according to their values and doesn't feel alienated by others, allowing each member to learn mindfulness and self-awareness.

Last week's definition: Leadership is the ability to unify others under one goal or idea, and to be able to push that group towards the goal, while promoting an energetic and positive environment, while ensuring that all members feel appreciated and useful as part of the team, and works to create cohesion among group members.

Analysis: My definition has changed because of Boyatzis reading on intentional change. As a leader, we have to make sure that we are working and leading according to our values and are aware of ourselves and others. When we learn to be mindful of others, we can achieve a new level of connectedness, which makes the group more enjoyable and effective. No group member should feel alienated or left out, this only creates dysfunction within the group.

Boyatzis, R.E. (2006). An overview of intentional change from a leadership perspective. Journal of Management Development, 25 (7), 607-623. doi: 10.1108/02621710610678445

Leadership: Week 7

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This week's definition: Leadership is the ability to unify others under one goal or idea, and to be able to push that group towards the goal, while promoting an energetic and positive environment, while ensuring that all members feel appreciated and useful as part of the team, and working to create cohesion among group members

Last week's definition: Leadership is the ability to unify others under one goal or idea, and to be able to push that group towards the goal, while promoting an energetic and positive environment, while ensuring that all members feel appreciated and useful as part of the team, while also facilitating collaboration from all group members and directing everyone towards the objective.

Analysis: My change in comes from the reading for this week, Factors affecting communication, Starring acts in the circus. This showed me that a leader also has to be able to understand each of their followers, and this allows for much more effective and successful work amongst the group. The leader should be working to also foster relationships between his followers, which will only help the groups efficiency. He needs to be able to understand how people are different, and what makes them tick. This will enable a whole new level of leadership.

Saphiere, D.H., Mikk, B.K., & Devries, B.I. (2005). Factors affecting communication style: Starring acts in the circus. Communication highwire (pp. 47-82). Boston: Intercultural Press

Leadership: Week 6

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This Week's Definition: Leadership is the ability to unify others under one goal or idea, and to be able to push that group towards the goal, while promoting an energetic and positive environment, while ensuring that all members feel appreciated and useful as part of the team, while also facilitating collaboration from all group members and directing everyone towards the objective.

Last Week's Definition: Leadership is the ability to unify others under one goal or idea, and to be able to push that group towards the goal, while promoting an energetic and positive environment, while ensuring that all members feel appreciated and useful as part of the team

Analysis: My leadership definition has changed because of the most recent reading for class. The reading about Social Change in Leadership Development showed me that a leaders also has to be able to be the lightning rod that gets other going, and has to be able to facilitate interactions between all the group members that will inevitably lead towards the overall goal.

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.

Leadership: Week 4

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This Week's Definition: Leadership is the ability to unify others under one goal or idea, and to be able to push that group towards the goal, while promoting an energetic and positive environment, while ensuring that all members feel appreciated and useful as part of the team

Last Week's Definition: Leadership is the ability to unify others under one goal or idea, and to be able to spur them to achieve this goal and to improve their performance while promoting an energetic and positive environment.

Analysis: My leadership definition has changed because of several things discussed in class as well as our most recent reading. Without followers and members of a group, there is no one for a leader to even lead. This means that a leader must support and nurture each and every member of his group, to ensure his own powers as a leader, and to unify the group. Also, the world doesn't work nearly as well operating independently, anything can be accomplished with cooperation and unified idea sharing and thinking.


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: Week 3

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This week's definition: Leadership is the ability to unite others under a single idea or goal, while also pushing their followers towards achieving this goal. They must also promote a positive environment and work to make everyone feel connected in the group to maximize production as well.

Last week's definition: Leadership is the ability to unite others under a single idea or goal, while also pushing their followers towards achieving this goal.

Analysis: From the reading a leader must at his core be able to maximize group production in order to meet goals and deadlines. In order to do this they must create a positive and energetic environment, which will aid in group cohesion and make them feel more comfortable, allowing the group to reach maximum productivity.

Lee, R.J. & King, S.N. (2001). Base your leadership values on personal values. Discovering the leader in you: A guide to realizing your personal leadership potential. (pp. 55-70). San Francisco: Jossey-Boss.

Leadership: Week 2

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This week's definition: Leadership is the ability to unite others under a single idea or goal, while also pushing their followers towards achieving this goal.

Analysis: The leadership repertoire showed me that a leader must also be able to motivate his followers to achieve the group's goals and that leader can't do things on his own. Without the followers, a leader is powerless and therefore, must work on his motivational skills to get maximum production.

Goleman, D., Boyatzis, R., & McKee, A. (2002). "The leadership repertoire." Primal leadership: Learning to lead with emotional intelligence (pp. 53-69). Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Leadership: Week 1

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This week's definition: Leadership is the ability to unite others under a single idea or goal.

Analysis: This definition is based off my personal experiences and what I think at the minimum a leader has to be able to do.