All entries for December 2008
December 05, 2008
I have to say that well done guys, you did an excellent job for the presentations this week. I am proud of you.
Looking back of today exercise, lucky not all the strong leaders of our course take up the role of leader, it actually pass to those who may not be too confidence enough to learn how to become a leader. Its really impressive and its proves that everyone can be a leader and a "true" leader try to maxmise the potential of the teamplayers. Well done guys.
I have to say it again in my blog. Crystal you did very well. In my past activities in the OPP we were given a smiliar job, but we did not achieve any objectives. Although we did not meet the points but we manage it to finish on time. So well done. I believe this exercise should build up your confidence. Yes you can do it just believe yourself.
Again Ally you did a fantastic job (Oh my god I sound like Paul now) =P You have improved a lot for your presentation skill, what you presented is very clear and I know that you just only spend a afternoon to prepare it. Well done!!!
Ritina, you have also improved a lot. From being not confident to speak to stand in front of us and present for about 10 mins. I am sure you fear about presentation is reduced. Well done! I am happy to work with you as a team. You are such a considerable person and bring a lot of fun to us.
Amanda sorry for saying something a bit disencourage but in fact it is the other way of encouragement. I know you get what I mean. I am sure that same as crystal you gonna build up the confidence to be the leader in the future. So dont say something about you are the youngest among the class again or look down to yourself. Although I did not work with you, I am sure that your teammate should be quite agree what I have mentioned.
To the rest of the class who I did not mention you really do very well keep going and continuous improvement (include myself). I am happy to become one of the student in MBE. You guys are very supportive and friendly. Having you guys to be coursemates is a curical element to develop an organisation learning culture. Everyone of you are willing to share your thoughts about the PMA, knowledge and point of views in respect to different areas from PMA to career and even life. Its really amazing. I never thought about it, thanks everyone.
I am sure at this stage, time management must be the word we may write down in the self assessment form which either be a strength or weakness. For me I will put it as the area for improvement.
Paul raises a very good question what make you to get up from bed in that bloody cold Dec Morning? I have to admit that in this week I have ask this question more than once. Luckiy I forced myself to get up but slightly late to the class. I have to say that I sleep much less than I require in order to be "energy efficient". Working on the mini projects and PMA really drives me crazy. However, are these the excuse that we can skip from class or even not doing our work effectively? Certainly not! It is because when I ask my coursemates hows your PMA or why are you so tired, you guys told me that coz I stayed up late for my PMA, I just only sleep few hours last night. It proves to me that, its not only me who did not sleep much, but in fact all of us. I remember what my mum told me when I was young " You may not be as smart as others, but you certainly you not a fool. So If everyone can do so, why can't you do so?" Everyone be puntual to the class and can balance the time between PMA and mini projects, blogs and classes. The belief of Why can't I do so drives myself to get up from bed and work harder and harder. Finally all the pre module assignments are almost done, what left behind is the PMA. What Paul said is absolutely rght we should have started during the 3 weeks break and not till the last 2 weeks. Time managment I am gonna to put you in my strength in the future.
P.S I am not a hard working student (If I am I would not work that hard when the deadline is approaching).
Everyone please take good care of yourself, dont get cold or even sick. Try to rest more.
December 04, 2008
As we all agreed, leadership is a process of influence that moves members of a group in a common direction. Influence is the essential ingredient in leadership and without it, leadership would not exist. Influence is any action that has an affect on another action. Influence is the driving force behind leadership.
Bear in mind:
- Influence is not the same thing as control.
- Influence shapes the direction that a group of people will pursue.
- Influence is the quintessential element of leadership.
Influence is the power to affect the way someone or something develops, behaves, or thinks without using direct force or orders. A true leader who can influence a group of people without mechanistic orders. A leader has the ability to gain authoritative trust in people. Without the people following freely, you are not leading.
The way in which influence moves about a group will directly determine the culture of the group and how they pursue direction. If influence based off mechanistic order in a group you will probably have a hierarchical structure with a clear and concise end goal in sight. If influence is based off of organic order you will probably have a decentralized group that has a common end in sight.
The way influence is perceived by a leader directly relates to how they will treat their followers and the way influence is delivered will directly relate to how followers perceive leaders. Influence is a precious gift to be stewarded and not abused. To often leader needy situations turn into dictator led situations and this is bad for everyone. Leadership requires individuals to step above the mechanistic compliance of people and influence them to pursue common direction.