1. Discuss if people need to posses the top title to achieve results and help others become productive.
I would say that it is not only someone with the most prominent title that can incite change within others, but instead anyone with the will to invest themselves in the needs and goals of a group. People are not only influenced by their superiors, but also from their peers, who can offer support and encouragement towards productivity.
1. How are you learning to lead? What opportunities do you currently have that could further develop your leadership skills?
One of my main opportunities to apply my leadership skills is in my leading (along with some of my peers) of the slam poetry club at the school. It is here that I have been learning many important aspects of leadership such as keeping morale high, increasing my influence, and realizing the leadership skills of others within the group. Although much of my knowledge of effective leadership has come from literature (such as other John C. Maxwell books), I have found that I have also gained a more personal and experiential insight by readily applying the skills that I have learned.
2. What prompts you to follow someone else?
I find that I, as with most people, feel comfortable following a leader who is confident in their skills and motives, but also seeks to find a personal connection with those whom he or she leads. An overall charisma and outgoing nature also tends to make a leader more likable, as it helps to forge social bonds quickly with genuine purpose. However, one of the most attractive traits in a leader lies in their ability to put the needs of the group before themselves, and if this trait is present, it is quite possible that I would be prompted to follow them.
2. What factors should chairs of committees take into consideration before making a decision?
Before making a decision as a committee, the chair must take several things into consideration to put forth the most appropriate solution or action to the task at hand. As with all committee work, the values of all members should be honored, so the chair of the committee should take time to address all suggestions and opinions, even if opposing, and try to reach a compromise. Other than this, the chair should consider whether or not the decision is convenient, realistic, and feasible, and what effect it will have on the group as a whole.
2. Do you agree that when you move up in an organization, the weight of your responsibility increases? Explain.
I do agree with this statement, because as with an increased leadership position, there often comes larger group of followers over who the leader has influence. Because of this, the decisions that this leader makes will most likely effect a larger population of people, increasing the overall responsibility that the leader possesses.
1. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel interior without your consent.” How does that idea relate to allowing a title or position to limit your position?
I believe that this quote relates to the idea that a title will only stifle our leadership capabilities we allow it. If one does not look past his position within an organization, it becomes difficult to aspire to greater feats or other leadership opportunities, and thus limits our overall productivity. Even if one possesses a title with little responsibility, allowing themselves to be belittled for their position will only be counterproductive to their advancement.
1. The reality for most people is that they will never be the CEO. Does that mean they should just give up leading altogether?
Certainly not- although a CEO is often viewed as the epitome of success in leadership, a vast amount of other professional positions require the application of leadership skills as well. Leadership is not only important at the top of the corporate ladder, but throughout it, where is still holds great value and weight. The act of leading applies to so many areas of our modern-day society, so to give up on the act of leading would result in the corruption of many organizations, such as schools, churches, charities, and more.