Session 1 Contemporary Issues and Leadership Intelligence.docx - 1 Where do we find leadership A leader lives in each of us Each of us are capable of

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1.Where do we find leadership? A leader lives in each of us. Each of us are capable of influencing others. Leadership is the responsibilities of everyone. Empirical evidence also show that leaders can lead people to negative outcome. E.g. conquer other countries, inflict suffering in others.Leadership does not onlycome from individuals with high rank or authority for e.g. a corporate executive. But more often, leadership is exercised under the radarscreen by everyday leaders in schools, homes and communities. Leadership involves a group and it entails directing people to a common objective.2.Leadership DefinedLeadership is an influence relationship among leaders and followers who intend real changes and outcomes that reflect their shared purposes.Influence: Is not passive, it is multidirectional and noncoercive. The influence relationship is also reciprocal. In most organization, superior influence subordinates but subordinates also influence superiors. Change: The people involved in the relationship want substantive changes: Leadership involves creating change. The change sought reflect the purpose of both leaders and followers.Follower: Followers are an important part of the leadership process, and all leaders are sometimes followers as well. Good leaders know how to follow and they set an example for others.For example, Car Salesman Robert Chamberswas disgusted by how some dealers and finance institutions preyed on low-income customers. After he retired from a varied career, he founded More Than Wheels,non-profit vehicle purchasing program, which helps low-income people buy new, base-model cars at low prices and on good loan terms.In this example, Robert is a leader as he lead the change towards bringing desired outcome which is affordability to low income individuals. He showed a genuine concern for others.Leadership is an influence relationship among leaders and followers who intend real changes and outcomes that reflect their shared purposes. Leaders should influence people. Share vision, process of influence is involved. 3.What are the views offered about good leadership?Today’s leaders operate in a world where little is certain, the pace is relentless, and everything is more complex.Peter Drucker: Good leaders have integrity, earning the trust of followers. They accept leadership as a responsibility, not a rank.Warren Buffet: Integrity, Intelligence and Energy.Change Manager: Today’s best leaders accept the inevitability of change and crisis and tap into them as potential sources of energy and self-renewal. Organizational success results from leaders who can remain calm, focused, and disciplined in the face of uncertainty and inevitable change.Facilitator: Effective leaders share power rather than hoard it and find ways to increase an organization’s brainpower by getting everyone in the organization involved and committed. Rather than being a controller, the leader is a facilitator who helps people do and be their best by removing
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