LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Graduate Resource Center
THE BASICS: “LEADER” DEFINEDA leader is someone that people CHOOSE to follow. A leader inspires and motivates, often by example. An effective leader is a person of integrity. A leader is a great two-way communicator.
MANAGERS VS. LEADERS: THE DIFFERENCE Though they are often confused, managers and leaders are not necessarily the same. MANAGERS LEADERS • Managers administer. • Leaders innovate. • Managers are a copy. • Leaders are the original. • Managers maintain. • Leaders develop. • Managers focus on systems and • Leaders focus on people. structures. • Managers rely on control. • Leaders inspire trust. • Managers do things right. • Leaders do the right thing. • Managers ask “how” and “when.” • Leaders ask “what” and “why.” • Managers have their eyes on the • Leaders have their eyes on the bottom line. horizon.Alan Murray, “What is the Difference Between Management and Leadership,” The Wall Street Journal,http://guides.wsj.com/management/developing-a-leadership-style/what-is-the-difference-between-management-and-leadership/ AccessedMarch 19, 2002.
ADDITIONAL NOTES ON LEADERSHIP To be a leader, one must have an honest understanding of who they are and what they can do.It is the followers, NOT the leader, who decides whether a leader is successful or not. Successful leaders convince their followers, not themselves or their superiors, that they are worthy to be followed. “Setting the example” is leading through non-verbal, two-way communication. It communicates that you would not ask your followers to do anything that you would not. What and how you communicate either builds or harms the relationship between leaders and followers.Don Clark, “Concepts of Leadership,” Big Dog & Little Dog’s Performance Juxtaposition, http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/leadcon.html.Accessed March 19, 2012.
WHERE DOES LEADERSHIP BEGIN? • On campus (classes and student organizations)• In the community (churches and volunteer organizations) • In the workplace (various projects and teams) Leadership begins with being a great follower.
PANELISTS’ PERSPECTIVES ON LEADERSHIP• Where did your journey in leadership begin?
PANELISTS’ PERSPECTIVES ON LEADERSHIPDoes the leadership role ever affect your confidence in your abilities?
PANELISTS’ PERSPECTIVES ON LEADERSHIPWhat, in your opinion, makes you a great leader? What do you admire in people you believe are great leaders?
PANELISTS’ PERSPECTIVES ON LEADERSHIPWhat negative experiences have you encountered in the leadership role? How did you deal with them?
PANELISTS’ PERSPECTIVES ON LEADERSHIPHow has your experience in leadership positions helped you grow as a person?
PANELISTS’ PERSPECTIVES ON LEADERSHIPWhat advice do you have for people who may bereluctant to assume leadership roles for various reasons?
PANELISTS’ PERSPECTIVES ON LEADERSHIP Questions?