Saturday, September 26, 2009

Defining Leadership

Does it really matter how you define leadership?

Leadership is a word that is similar to words like peace, and democracy each with distinct meanings dependent on the perspective of the speaker. Yet when we hear these words we have an intuitive understanding of what the words mean (Northouse, 2001). There is no surprise that there is not one clear definition of leadership. Moreover, the leadership theories use varied definitions in addition to characteristics such as skills and expertise, confidence, traits, and behavior to formulate theory (Yukl, 2002). With a broad understanding of what leadership means and the inclusion of elements such as behavior, which is yet another word that is loaded with intuitive interpretation; it is paramount to establish a definition of leadership in the context of which it is applied, perceived or studied (Northouse, 2001; Yukl, 2002).

Northouse, P. (2002). Leadership Theory and Practice. (2nd ed. ) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Yukl, G. (2002). Leadership in Organizations (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Taking Risks

Generally risk taking is not at the top of my list - okay let's be honest I am conservative about risk in the strangest areas.  With that said, today was one of those days were I suddenly found myself in a zone and put myself out there...and I survived to blog about it!

So I know what you thinking - woman what is your point?  My point - relax, trust yourself, trust your instints, and keep the faith.

Easy huh? 

There's nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you
in time - It's easy.
                                                 - The Beatles