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February 12, 2014

Area of interest

I realllly loved today's class. Still building on knowledge. Learnt from different groups definition of leadership.

Paul said in the first class, our values and beliefs would have an influence on what we perceive leadership to be. And this is definately the case in our unique inter-cultural class. Offcourse culture has an impact on our values and beliefs as people. Another thing that can shapen our thought towards this is our past experiences.

My Boss in the last organisation I worked for, would literally go around desks sometimes asking if we were fine and if nothing us bothering us especially when he notices a frown or not so cheerful look on a person's face. He was geniunely trying to make sure we were okay at least and because he knew that we being okay would make us contribute better. I used to think he was faking it until I started noticing how those little things affected our inputs positively. Sales were shooting up! And so this brings me back to what Paul said this morning in class What makes an organisation different from another is its people. Because the outcome is determined by behaviour and their behaviour is determined by their values and identities.

What comes next to my mind is EFQM. Leaders are right at the start of the criterions and their actions are indirectly or directly seen all the through to the influence on the society; thats the society results.

So its like gabbage in gabbage out?. GIGO. Hmmm where did that come from? that just flew into my head from no where. Yea not quite far from it. effective leaders produce nothing but effective results.

I know as a Nigerian, I had factors that guided my own definition of leadership this offcourse was also influenced by my culture. Back in Nigeria, there are some companies who have good leaders I must say, I have met some employees who make good feedbacks about their leaders but at the same time, there are some who just wished they didnt have to go to work the next day because of how bad they dreaded their managers or leaders. Its the norm really to have this kind of leaders back home. And some times not that the company does not have values and beliefs but maybe it is hung in a frame on the wall in the CEO's office or maybe stored some where in his head. Some times we get to meet the CEO and we are like "he is sure a good guy entirely different from what we thought and from our imediate boss who we tag with all sort of names". I usually ask myself why? Now I guess I have the answers. The CEO might be an effective leader in a sense but really is he influencing his area of interest (the board of directors) strongly enough to be able to grow to influence his area of concern(other departments and team heads). Being a CEO of a large organisation I know is not an easy task, making money is a sweet thing too so focus can be easily deviated I mean. But can the organisation survive without the people?

So taking this back to a country like mine, I mean honestly its like a near impossible task for me but I see where to starts; Area of interest.


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