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Week 2 Forum - Maxims and Theories

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1. Describe the difference between a maxim and a theory. A theory begins as a hypothesis, or an observation, about how one variable will affect another variable. The hypothesis can then be tested scientifically. After it has been tested and the hypothesis has been supported, it is a theory. A maxim is simply just advice or opinions that one person gives to another about leadership. A maxim lacks the scientific backing that a theory provides. 2. List and explain as needed three maxims that you plan to apply in your role of leader. To be honest, I didn't have a list of “go to” maxims to pick from, so I did a little research and found some that seemed to be good bits of wisdom to lead by. a. “Half the art of listening is waiting” - Too often we start talking after hearing only a portion of what someone is trying to tell us. Slow down, listen, and only after hearing everything should you begin
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Unformatted text preview: talking. b. "Refraining from action is sometimes the best action"- Many times the minute something goes wrong, we try and immediately change everything. Things will go wrong. Letting things work themselves out is often times the only thing that is necessary. c. "The most persuasive art of leadership is to hide your leadership" – If you're a leader, people will know it. You don't have to beat people over the head with the fact that you're a leader. 3. Develop and describe one leadership theory that you believe is important to the field of leadership. Situational leadership – I think that a leader needs to use a different type of leadership style depending on the situation. The Blanchard Leadership Model II allows you to analyze the situation and choose the best type of leadership style for that situation....
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