May 05, 2010

Leadership Definition

Today, we used the analysis matrix to go through 20 leadership definitions by different authors. One varies from the other. None the less, they are basically different combinations out of 8 elements. The result of the analysis in our group was almost according to the sequence of those 8 elements, i.e. "Art or process of influencing" has mentioned the most out of 20 leadership definitions (19 times) and "leadership occurs within a situation" & "Leadership occurs through the communication process" & "Leader establishing purpose or direction" only mentioned 6 times.

The attempt to come up with group's leadership definition was to prioritize those 8 elements individually by weighting from 1 (the least important) to 8 (the most important). Surprisingly, none of us had the same prioritization. It is evident that the criteria as a leader vary from one another. The same result when we were given the same information to select a leader and a deputy in "Lifeboat Leader" exercise - - - none of the group had the same answer.

Since we could not standardize leadership (quote from Elvis, "Like beauty, leadership seems to live in the eye of hte beholder"), does it imply that EVERYONE has potential be a leader? I remembered in PPMC module, there was no designation among team members, everyone exercised different leadership styles (e.g. leading the team or managing the team, or coaching the team) by turns in different situations.

I think this is a positive message I learnt today, esp I have doubted myself whether if I have the competence to be a leader in the future, a good one.

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