All entries for Saturday 29 November 2008
November 29, 2008
Since Paul made a good point about us creating a leadership definition in our own words simplistically, I think i will stick to my initial definition.
Leadership is where one or more is infuenced to committing themselves to achieving a shared goal / vision.
I too came up with 'vision', but it didn't really matter to me whether or not it should be included. During discussions, I found it quite interesting when 'directive' was brought up. In reality, do leaders really have the ability to make every single one of us see the same thing he/she sees and aim for the same thing he/she aims? or do leaders determine their own goals and expects everyone to work towards it (top down approach- directive)?
It is to my understanding that a shared goal is where every individual agrees and aims for the same thing. I have a question that has been bugging me since that session. Does a leader listen to every single employees' opinion in the organization before he/she determines the organization's goals? Or does a leader think that the goal that he/she have set is shared and makes an assumption that every employee agrees to it when nobody objects? and hence it becomes a shared goal? Shared. Sorry if I caused any confusion. Well its easy for people like me to share a same goal because I am easily influenced and I follow the flow, the majority. What about the people with stronger characters?