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November 30, 2008

The Definition of Leadership

If you have read my second entry, you will see what kind of personal skills I believe a leader should possess.

After listening to Paul and different groups definition of leadership here come my conclusion.

All of us believe that influencing people to achieve a shared goal is one of the most important elements of a leadership definition. However, what is the meaning of a shared goal? A shared goal is an objective which is well-known by the people. In order to avoid different interpretation of the objective, communication process is the key process. Therefore, our group believes communication should be included in the definition. I also agree to Paul that different situations may have a different leader. In the lifeboat exercise best explained the idea of it. A CEO could be a good leader in running an organisation, but he may not be the best person to navigate people in the lifeboat. As a result, our group definition of leadership as follows:

Leadership is a communication process of influencing and directing people to commit to and achieve a shared goal voluntarily, in a given situation (Aykut,Apinya,Billy,Crystal,Gilbert,Ritina 2008).

I used to think we have included the key elements of leadership, but Mei's and Francisco's group remind me a very important issue which I forgot. That is Maxmise the potential of people. Yea that's right! After watching the video in OPP class, a good conductor is not only guide the orchestra in the performance but also develop and maxmise the potential of the team and build up the players self confidence or even train them as the future leader. It¡¦s really an excellent point. Francisco told me that there is a way to distinguish a good leader. A good leader will give support and maxmise people potential implicitly. 

My own definition of leadership will be:

Leadership is a communication process of maxmising people potential and influencing people to achieve a shared goal, in a given situation (Lo, 2008).


November 26, 2008

Life is like a game of Golf?

Having read an article about an interview with one of the Hong Kong civil servants, its really impressive.

He shares his perception of life with us.

He sees life is like a game of golf. In a golf game, there are 18 different holes which represent different stages of our life. Different hole, we have to use different tools, tactics, strategy and mindset. This is quite true, when situation change, our perception will change and have a new insight or even new skills will be developed. All these experiences and skills can be used in our future challenges or stages of our life. Sometimes, we may face lost or even disappointment in one of the holes, but we cannot simply give up or even blame others. You can't just blame the ball or say you lack of luck, as this is all your fault. What we can do is try to figure out the way to improve the situation and calm youself down so as to drive yourself up.

I personally think it is such a good metaphor. That's Life and thats the way we have to act. Suddenly I miss the time I play golf with my parents. Anyway keep going everyone!


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