All entries for April 2009
April 30, 2009
Reply for Sue's Comments on previous entry: Actions not Words!
Sue, you make me laugh with your comment number 1. Very skilful point against my thoughts! Thank you. But, what do I mean is that from my personal experience, some people talks a lot, even can draw draft of beautiful and reassuring picture of future actions. But when time to realize that actions comes, you understand that it was only messy draft with beautiful words, and any attempts to convert this draft into feasible picture not taken.
When people around you, the life of who are important for you, understand logic of your actions and understand that your actions reflect their vision and their values, then they become with you. They start listening you. I do not argue that individual should not speak out; I believe that actions should outweigh words (concerning comment 1).
Yes, you are right Sue, (concerning comment 2), it is very useful to explore yourself from different sides and see what kind of person you are. Significant person in Kazakh literature, writer and great thinker, Abai Kunanbayev, told “every night before going to sleep you should analyze and report yourself what did you do today”. May be I cannot interpret his message in right way, but it means for me, that individual should analyze his action and be strict with himself in order to improve and be better than today. Day ends and you should learn from each day, you should explore yourself as individual. Every day gives you an enormous chance and possibility; you should be just open and ready to accept them. What is the link between these consideration and leadership? I believe that life is learning, and successful leader has to improve himself everyday. There is no limit for perfection. The best way to improve as individual is to assess yourself and critically examine you behavior and actions at the end of the day. Again, coming back to previous comment (number 1), I want to reflect again: words not actions. I may naturally resist to share my own “report” with world, because it is very personal and I may be want to reflect improvements as individual nor verbally, not by writing, but by my actions.
Sue, unfortunately, I can not access your blog to explore your thoughts about life and experiences (concerning your comment 3).
Finally, (concerning comment 4) I think “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” justifies itself in hockey world. Bit in world, can individual afford himself mistakes that are too costly? Of course, at least you will have experience and gain some lessons and may be perform better in next time. But what if the cost for that mistake is very high? What if the cost counts with invaluable unit as human live? Can we afford such actions? Maybe answer is yes, when you know what you are doing and believe that the possible results worse to do it. Live is action and it is worthwhile to act and try. Try with High intelligence, Hot heart, and Brave heart.
April 29, 2009
I have now realized that leader is the person who REFLECT VISIION OF SOCIETY DREAMS AND VALUES OF SOCIETY. We have had tendency to interpret leader from prospect of leader in group. If we go broader and diminish borders of group we will find the life with real people, with real life situations, where you will not be given "notes". Here we play in "safe environment". What is the recipe for successful leadership in real life? I was thinking about this during seminars and after. I remembered history. I remembered significant figures of past. I found that nowadays people remember them and respect them because that persons were leaders. They were leaders with hot heart and high intelligence. They Challenged environment and rules and intended to create new vision and environment which were dreamed by society. "Real leader" does not want to seek for praise and status, Leader seeks for creating "the best" environment for people. Only highly intelligent person with "alive heart" can lead society towards to possibilities of life. I belive that this kind of leaders works hard and continously improve themselves and find the ways for people hearts through their actions not words. Word has power when they come from individual who justified his credibililty by "real" actions. Things will not be done with words, they will be done by actions.
April 28, 2009
"What if............? But what if..............? And if............?"
These kind of questions were running simultaneously in my head, while seminars were in progress. Different aspects of leadership were discussed during seminars.It seem for me that there is endless questions linked with each question of seminar. For example, gender issues in leadership: Does gender effect the leadership? And again flow of information, flow of viewpoints. More we delve into clarifying this question, more questions arised in my head. It seems to me endless flow of discussion. I agreed on point with Paul that we can not generalize each topic disccused in seminar: we can not theoretically cover all aspects and situations linked to any question. We can not present "framework" that says this WRONG this is RIGHT in leadership style. I belive that real experiences matter. Of course you should be aware of theories and possible solutions for different situation. But can we act according our "knowledge of situation" in similar situations? the best way to experience it and analyse each experience afterwards. Analyse and gain "wisdom" from just "knowledge".
April 23, 2009
Writing about web page leadership
What is the leadership?
During our first mini project "Definition of leadership" I came up with my own definition as:
Leadership is art of individual to mobilize the activities or thoughts of group to achieve goal above compliance.
Firstly, why is the art? Art is the superior skill of human being. Art is the skill that you can learn by study and practice (wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn). There is various styles of leadership, as the skills of leading is different. Individual with superior skills of leading can mobilize and influence activities or thoughts of group to achieve goals. Successful leadership style can be determined when followers strive to achieve shared goals "above compliance".
April 22, 2009
Writing about web page leader team building
I have never had my own blog. This is opportunity to share my ideas and the way I perceive the world. Exciting experiment!
Three days left since the beginning of module "Leadership and Excellence". Three days left since I created but have not typed some ideas in my blog. Ok, let me have a chance to do it!
Monday "Am I building the team?"
I really enjoyed the team building exercises, especially with making giraffe from newspapers. The purpose of team building, from my point of view, is to help members to get to know each other better. In friendly and funny atmosphere, I believe, it is easier to establish sense of group belonging. Also it is valuable experience as you can see your peer as not just “serious” student, but from funny, lively and interesting individual.
However, it does not happen always as it sounds. Although there was not appointed leader for these exercises, ideas how to tackle problems were generated randomly. I have noted that some members of our group were more initiative, whereas others were not. Those individuals, who were initiative, seem to have experiences and intentions to lead and direct group toward goals. I wonder how any conflicts were not happening, as more than one potential leader exists in one group. Possible answers are:
1. Although there was more that one potential leader for team building exercise, they have common goals and shared ways how to tackle the problem. Thus helped to work in synergy.
2. Maybe time constraints and “artificial” environment (not real world) make each of them to relax and support each other without demonstrating any conflicts in decisions.
I believe that in real life situation there are often more than one potential leader. There can not be more than one leader in a group. For example, in wild world, lions have only one leader who lead his tribe, it has to fight in order to take such responsibility: the strongest lion is a leader.
Lets come back to human world. I believe that in case of several potential leaders emerging in one group (society, country, etc.) leaders may confront to each others view and hence split the entire group. In case of common vision and shared goals of individuals, only one leader can emerge, the leader who are trusted and believed to lead in most efficient way. I believe that the last case is possible when personal characteristics of individuals and interests go far from own self-interest, when individuals acknowledge that it does not matter who lead provided that the end goal and shared vision will be achieved.