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January 13, 2009

I quite like the cognitive theory

Mr Gardner in his cognitive thoery says that there are three levels of leadership.

The ordinary leader "who simply relates the traditional story of the group in the highly effective way".

The innovative leader who "bring a new twist to the old story."

The visionary leader who creates a new story.

He also says that a leaders characteristic / personality does not provide a good enough explaination for a leaders success.

He says that  there are four characteristics that guide a leader:

1. A "active and dynamic relation between leader and follower"

2 Time period

3. Leader must act their ideas and convey them in words

4. Leader lead by his or her choice and the consent of others.



Firstly Personally I like the way how Mr Gardner has classified the three leaders. I think Mr Jack Welch is a good example of a visionary leader. After reading so much about hin in the last one week I realised he truly is a visionary leader.

Secondly I do agree that a leaders personality does not give suffiecent explantion for him/ her being a leader because I believe leaders are made and not born. One can always alter their personality if required.

I agree with the four characteristics as well. A leader must have either good or cordial realtion with his disciples. I personaly do no think I could work for a leader who I dont share a good or cordial relation with.

Time frame matters too. Sometimes being the right person at right time matters. Each business goes through differenct situations and finds its self in different senario al together.

Its important for a leader to prove himself for people to trust him or her. Even the President nominee of United States have to go through so many debates

I am not too sure about the last part of the leadership trait though about the consent of others. I mean you do not really choose your managers? do you???


Leadership and a "DIFFERENT" Vision…...

While looking for information for the LE assignment I came across an interesting note about vision. The leadership book by Philip Sadler said that a vision has to be different, something that is not aldready someones vision. It has to be something which is not obious, and "a vision has to reframe the known scene.


But what I do not understand is why cant we adopt somes vision which has been successful in the past. If Jack Welch had a vision that he wanted a boundryless, diverse company where everyone ( each individual) feels that they have a say and which worked well for GE then why cannot I adopt a similar vision too if I become a manager.

MR.Obama has a vision of a America where everyone is united and equal, african american, white, asian american, latino american. Where everyone has all the rights,  be it their ethinicity or their sexuality. No one is discriminated. Why cannot Mr.Gordon Brown have a similar vision.

Now you may argur that politics and business are two different things but I feel they are very closely related. Politicians have a great hand in deciding a lot of things related to the business and the economy. A good finance minister can really help businesses do well.


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