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Leaders and Their Stories Journal Prompts As promised here are some prompts for you to consider as you reflect on leadership and how leaders develop over their lifetime. 1) In class I asked you to begin thinking about your own "story" and consider how you came to be here at UAB and in the GCL Honors Program. None of that happened by accident. It was the result of a conscious choice, one of many such events in your life that made you who are today. Choices that you make going forward will further shape and define you in the future. For the moment, what are the highlights, the crucial turning points of your own story? And how do you think these critical or decisive moments have made you the person you are today? Do you think of yourself as a “hedgehog” or as a “fox?” Note: I am posting a short article by Howard Gardner in which he examines his own personal path to becoming a social scientist. I thought you might find his journey of interest as you think
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Unformatted text preview: about your own. 2) Like all leaders, and perhaps uniquely because they are democratically elected, American presidents often have compelling life stories. For example, Franklin Roosevelt's polio, which left him permanently crippled him at age 39, deeply shaped the kind of political leader he became. President Obama also has a particularly interesting personal story which he has revealed in a memoir written when he was in his mid-30s, and which most observers believe profoundly shaped his approach to leadership. How do we know if a President is a good leader? What are the criteria we can use to judge them as leaders? Is presidential leadership different? If so, how is it different? Finally, are there ways that a President can connect his story to the larger story of the nation? Is that a necessary component of his leadership? Why or why not?...
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