Gentry Paper 1 - Allison L. Marsh Dr. Gentry Class...

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Allison L. Marsh Dr. Gentry Class Reflections Due: Monday 10/27/2008 In our first class lecture about leadership, we described the characteristics of a good leader, and why it is important for our leaders to encompass these qualities. Establishing that positions of authority give you leadership opportunities, but do not necessarily make you a leader helped us to define leadership as being able to initiate activities as well as to inspire and motivate a group of people. These leaders provide vision and are role models for everyone around them. There is a very close relationship between good leadership and good management as well, as a good leader must be able to have hands in a variety of things and manage them well. It became extremely apparent how much communication as a skill is important for leaders not only because of this, but because you need to be able to appeal to people and their emotions as well as their convictions. If you want people to change, you must be able to appeal to their nature, rather than going about it your own way. People will be much more responsive. While communication skills can be learned and established, communication is a skill that comes more naturally to some than others, as do many of the skills that are important for leadership. Some people are born to be leaders and cannot help but naturally take that role in situations. Other people could make great leaders but are somewhat more shy and let others take the lead. When a leader motivates, based on a person to person basis, they go about deciding and acting on what motivates each person in their own individual, unique way. In class, we discussed an 80/20 rule for leadership. This means that with 20% effort, a leader gets 80% of the work done. I think this is a great idea, as leaders really can accomplish great tasks this way. When things are managed well by someone and everything done in efforts to complete a task or activity is done efficiently and thoroughly, there is so much potential for greatness, as more and more things can get done, and done well. There are four necessary things for a leader to have: knowledge, a passion for change, work on their people skills and work on their problem solving. These four things are critical to leadership and will help to groom a leader even further. I think this lecture helped provide the class with some insight on what a leader needs to be, and with that we could look within ourselves and decided what we can work on to be leaders or to improve our leadership. With the impending elections, I think this lecture helped me to see more about the candidates and how they try to appeal to us all and provide a vision for us as a whole. As a whole, it was very enlightening to focus on something many of us see as being simple, but truly can be very complex if a person is a great leader.
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This note was uploaded on 03/09/2010 for the course MARB 1000 taught by Professor Hayes during the Spring '07 term at Texas A&M University-Galveston.

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