Leadership readings Summaries

Leadership readings Summaries - IN ORDER BY SYLLABUS! Week...

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IN ORDER BY SYLLABUS! Week 1: February 1: Introduction mdoherty@fas.harvard.edu Leider, R. (2004). Is Leading Your Calling? Leader to Leader, 31, 36-40. Bennis, W. (2005). Tackling a Leadership Crisis. Inspiration. Leider, R. (2004). Is Leading Your Calling? Leader to Leader , 31, 36-40. Main Points (very short, abstract article) “What is your calling” is the question needed to be asked continuously throughout our lives Great leaders know to ask the more beautiful question to open the follower’s mind Our seed of destiny is the full potential within us that comes out by expressing our gifts Heeding our calling = giving our gifts naturally, to make distinct contributions to the world Heeding = asking uneasy questions Developing as a human being means being integrated form the inside out – authenticity There is a sacred bridge between the inner life of our followers and the outer life known as the real world. Heeding our own call is the first essential step to bringing out callings in others The search for callings is in our DNA The most meaningful lives are ones in which we directly serve others or create products that make life better for others Lives are not problems to be solved but callings to be answered Address question of who before question of what Sidebar: Shopping for a leadership coach: coaching is not advice or therapy – it is a relationship to develop change 5 golden rules for hiring a leadership coach: 1) get real – need to open up 2) get referrals 3) get specialized – coaches have specialties – match them up with your needs 4) get going – set up an appointment, your doing the hiring so ask questions get a sounding board – people to help you keep focused, give support and counsel Bennis, W. (2005). Tackling a Leadership Crisis. Inspiration. A Leadership Crisis: The world is facing many problems right now but the most ugent is the lack of leaders to effectively deal with these problems There is an unconscious conspiracy to discourage leaders because so much of society calls for us to fit in, not stand out – play it safe. Personal Responsibilities: Truly successful leadership today requires teams, collaboration, diversity, innovation, and cooperation. The learning process (of becoming a leader) is one that includes self-critical examination, taking risks and reaching goals. Leadership Myths: Leadership is a rare skill Leaders are born not made Leaders are charismatic
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Leadership exists only at the top of an organization The leader controls, directs, prods and manipulates others New Demands: Most successful organizations are characterized by these three elements: 1. Alignment with a common vision 2. Empowerment of all involved 3. A learning, inquiry based and reflective culture Such organizations demand that their leaders have the ability to: 1. galvanize, energize and enthrall 2. generate and sustain trust 3. purvey hope for the future and a commitment to getting there
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