February 13, 2014

Still Learning

So today was another day in the leadership class. But left the class still thinking what does it reallly mean to be a good leader. I mean in a world where people find it very fast and easy to step on toes. I mean do I have to be patient with every one? How long does my patience have to last for? Well truth is we all aint perfect and we all don't know every thing so at least like Paul Said yesterday respecting the unique capabilities of people their values and beliefe is what a leader should do. I have been in leadership positions before and there are somethings I felt I didnt do well having gained this new knowledge and hope to improve in the future. I believe leaders like Mandela went the extra mile. He loved the people and it was that passion that kept him going and made him a Hero. But Heros like that are few. Love in the sense of leadership I mean compassion, kindness, care and regard as illustrated below in example of definition.

I kept thinking to myself what makes great leadership? what makes good leadership? and what makes an effective leadership?

These were just my focus adjectives. Then I remembered Paul saying something about effective leadershiip having to do with delivering on the task effectively. and good leadership having to do with ethical grounds and great leadership I think maybe a combination of both. As leader so much is expected I just dont want to be found doing the norm. knowing the truth is one thing and actually doing it is another......

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  1. Klaudiusz Czapski

    I think, that respecting someone’s individual beliefs/opinions etc. doesn’t necessarily mean agreeing with them or trying to align them with yours. This is the point you made about being patient with everyone, I don’t think you have to make sure that everytime everyone agrees with everyone else, that would truly be a huge challenge that may not even be possible. So I think in this context, make sure that you hear everyone’s opinions and try to understand their point, but if You think that it is not the way to go, explain to them that in this particular case their take on the matter will not ensure the desired goals; and then just keep going forward with (supposedly) more effective approach. What do You think?

    16 Feb 2014, 10:41

  2. Anne Ayang

    Hi Klaudiusz, thanks for your comment.
    I mean I completely agree with you. I think its totally the way to go. and just to add, patience is a virtue. Actually, I believe to even want to hear everyone’s opinions and try to understand them as you have stated above, patience is needed. But this does not necessarily mean agreeing with all. Its also something followers should show towards their leader for a successful team performance. I mean we can say its a two way thing. I mean generally as humans we need to be patient towards each other and it does not mean being weak-willed. I hope it makes sense to you?

    18 Feb 2014, 14:58

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