September 2011 Archives

9/30/11

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9/24/11
Leadership is the ability to look for variety of people that can do specific tasks and engaging them to work in a cooperative and complementary fashion to deliver the wanted result towards a shared dream.

9/30/11
Leadership is the ability to look for people that can do various tasks and engaging them to work in a complementary fashion to deliver the wanted result towards a vision shaped by the leader.

The definition did not change too much from last week again, particularly because we didn't focus too much on the definitions on leadership. Instead we focused on leadership journey presentations of our community. However, through presentations, I gained more perspectives and insights on various definitions of leadership. And from one of our readings, I was inspired by a saying that goes, "people will follow the fellow that follows the dream." So I decided to put the importance on "vision" and "dream." Without the dream, a leader will not be able to have any followers. And without any followers, there cannot be a team to achieve that goal.

Reference: Leadership Journey Presentation

9/24/11

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9/15/11
Leadership is the ability to bring people from different backgrounds and groups into a purposeful team by engaging them to work in a cooperative fashion to deliver the wanted result towards a shared dream.

9/24/11
Leadership is the ability to look for variety of people that can do specific tasks and engaging them to work in a cooperative and complementary fashion to deliver the wanted result towards a shared dream.

This week's definition did not change too much from last week. But I have learned significantly from this week's discussions. As we started doing Strengths Finder Assessment, we learned more about our top five talents that we can turn into strengths. Before the poewrpoint presentation of Brian, I thought that we should focus more on weaknesses so that we will become all-rounded in many areas. However, I realized that we should focus on our strengths more, so we can make a team that can supplement each other. In fact, according to "Understanding Why People Follow," "leaders stay true to who they are - and then make sure they have the right people around them." It is crucial for leaders to pick people that will complement and supplement their strengths and weaknesses. A team should be rounded, not individuals.

Reference: Rath, T. and Conchie, B. (2009). Strengths-based Leadership: Great teams, leaders, and why people follow. "Understanding why people follow" (pp.79 - 91) Gallup Press: Washington, D.C.

9/15/11

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9/07/11
Leadership is the ability to create harmony among the unrelated by finding the common ground and forcing that newfound commonality to achieve a mutual goal.

9/15/11
Leadership is the ability to bring people from different backgrounds and groups into a purposeful team by engaging them to work in a cooperative fashion to deliver the wanted result towards a shared dream.

The five minute inspirational video from ted.com talking about how leadership requires followers and "Deciding What You Believe" by Robert Terry made me change my definition this week. The video we watched in class made me realize that leadership without followers is like a classroom without any students. Surely a classroom is necessary to educate the public, but without students, a classroom is nothing more than an empty room. This made me acknowledge leadership as a gathering of people, not just finding harmony among people because harmony cannot be found if the process of the gathering does not exist. Next, the article I read made me realize that vision and engagement are crucial in a working team. Therefore, I decided to put these words on my definition. As I read more and more articles such as "How Good People Make Tough Choices," and "The Leadership Repertoire" taught me that being a leader is extremely difficult because one has to make decisions between right versus right situations by using several different leadership styles.

Reference: 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.

9/07/11

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Leadership is the ability to create harmony among the unrelated by finding the common ground and forcing that newfound commonality to achieve a mutual goal.

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