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Attila the Hun


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Attila the Hun

  1. 1. Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun By Wess Roberts, Ph.D. Matthew Hoffman EDL 685 Spring 2008
  2. 2. A Book Review <ul><li>Using the principles of a nation’s leader to make connections with today’s leadership practitioner. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Leadership is the privilege to have the responsibility to direct the actions of others in carrying out the purposes of the organization, at varying levels of authority and with accountability for both successful and failed endeavors.” </li></ul><ul><li>-- Wess Roberts, Ph.D. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Leadership Qualities <ul><li>Loyalty </li></ul><ul><li>Courage </li></ul><ul><li>Desire </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional Stamina </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Stamina </li></ul><ul><li>Empathy </li></ul><ul><li>Decisiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Anticipation </li></ul><ul><li>Timing </li></ul><ul><li>Competitiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Credibility </li></ul><ul><li>Tenacity </li></ul><ul><li>Dependability </li></ul><ul><li>Stewardship </li></ul>
  4. 4. Loyalty <ul><li>School leaders must be loyal. </li></ul><ul><li>Disagreement is not necessarily disloyalty. </li></ul><ul><li>Harsh action must be taken to rid ourselves of those among us who see no value in and subvert our cause. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Courage <ul><li>Leaders must be fearless. </li></ul><ul><li>Have the fortitude to carry out assignments given them. </li></ul><ul><li>The gallantry to accept the risks of leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>Must not become bewildered when in the presence of adversity. </li></ul><ul><li>Be long-suffering in their duties. </li></ul><ul><li>Act with confidence and to excel in times of uncertainty or danger as well as in times of prosperity. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Desire <ul><li>Inherent commitment to influencing people, process and outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful to avoid placing capable warriors into positions of leadership that they have no desire to fulfill. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Emotional Stamina <ul><li>Have the stamina to recover rapidly from disappointment. </li></ul><ul><li>Bounce back from discouragement. </li></ul><ul><li>Carry out responsibilities of their office without becoming distorted in their views. </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional strength to persist in the face of seemingly difficult circumstances. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Physical Stamina <ul><li>Leaders must nurture their bodies with the basic, healthful staples. </li></ul><ul><li>A body not properly used becomes abused. </li></ul><ul><li>A healthy body supports a healthy mind </li></ul>
  9. 9. Empathy <ul><li>Appreciation for and an understanding of the values of others. </li></ul><ul><li>A sensitivity for other cultures, beliefs and traditions. </li></ul><ul><li>Empathy must not be confused with sympathy. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Decisiveness <ul><li>Knowing when to act and when not to act. </li></ul><ul><li>Taking into account all facts bearing on situations. </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibility carrying out their leadership role. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Anticipation <ul><li>Learning by observation and through instincts sharpened by tested experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Must anticipate thoughts, actions and consequences. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Timing <ul><li>Gains this leadership quality by applying the lessons learned through failure. </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing whom you are dealing with, their motives, characters, priorities and ambitions are critical elements even when seeking approval of the simplest recommendation. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Competitiveness <ul><li>An intrinsic desire to win. </li></ul><ul><li>Not important to win all the time; however, it is important to win the important contests. </li></ul><ul><li>Competition in and out of our nation is strong and not to be taken lightly. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Self-Confidence <ul><li>Proper training and experience develops in leaders a personal feeling of assurance with which to meet the inherent challenges of leadership. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Accountability <ul><li>Learning to account for personal actions and those of colleagues is fundamental to leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders must never heap praise or lay blame on others for what they themselves achieve or fail to accomplish. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Responsibility <ul><li>Leaders are only necessary when someone is to be responsible to see that actions are carried out and directions followed. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Credibility <ul><li>Words and actions must be believable to both friend and foe. </li></ul><ul><li>Must be trusted to have the intelligence and integrity to provide correct information. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Tenacity <ul><li>Unyielding drive to accomplish assignments. </li></ul><ul><li>The strong persist and pursue through discouragement, deception and even personal abandonment. </li></ul><ul><li>Pertinacity is often the key to achieving difficult assignments or meeting challenging goals. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Dependability <ul><li>A leader cannot observe each and every action of his colleagues; therefore, they must depend upon them to get things done. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Stewardship <ul><li>A caretaker quality. </li></ul><ul><li>Must serve in a manner that encourages confidence; trust and loyalty. </li></ul><ul><li>Colleagues are not to be abused; they are to be guided, developed and rewarded for their performance. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Think about… <ul><li>Without a flock there can be no shepherd. </li></ul><ul><li>Without an army there can be no battle captains. </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders are, therefore, caretakers of the interests and well-being of those and the purposes they serve. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Final Thoughts of Leadership Qualities <ul><li>These qualities of leadership simply take time, learning and experience to develop. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn these leadership qualities well. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach them to colleagues. </li></ul><ul><li>Only then will we expand our ability to lead our vast nation in pursuit of quality education. </li></ul>
  23. 23. “ You’ve Got to Want to Be in Charge” <ul><li>Leaders must retain their own identities. </li></ul><ul><li>Attila’s mind was fueled by the fires burning deep in his heart. </li></ul><ul><li>Attila knew his leadership knowledge and abilities to influence must mature no matter how driven his desires to take charge. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Who is a Leader? <ul><li>They will not be laden with all human virtues, nor will they possess a flawless character. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Lust for Leadership <ul><li>Committed leaders, those with a lust for leadership, a willingness to serve, will, however, be distinguishable by their wisdom, sincerity, benevolence, authority and courage. </li></ul><ul><li>They will have a human quality and a strong commitment to their cause and that of those they serve. </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Must possess an intrinsic desire to achieve substantial personal recognition and be willing to earn it in all fairness. </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>Must have resilience to overcome personal misfortunes, discouragement, rejections and disappointment. </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Must have the courage, creativity and stamina to focus on accomplishing your responsibilities through the directed, delegated efforts of colleagues. </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>Must recognize and accept that your greatness will be made possible through the extremes of your personality. </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>Must not let your desire to lead take the form of over-eagerness. </li></ul><ul><li>Must be willing to temper your lust to lead with preparation, experience and opportunity. </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>Success in your office will depend largely upon your sustained willingness to work hard. </li></ul><ul><li>Perspiration rules over inspiration. </li></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><li>Must be committed to persevere even in the face of opposition and challenge. </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>Must be determined to apply massive common sense in solving complex problems. </li></ul>
  34. 34. <ul><li>Must not be threatened by capable contemporaries. </li></ul>
  35. 35. <ul><li>Must be willing to make unrecognized and thankless personal sacrifice for those you serve and those you lead. </li></ul><ul><li>Must be willing to bypass a festival in your own camp if a situation in another camp requires your presence. </li></ul>
  36. 36. <ul><li>Must have a passion to succeed. </li></ul>
  37. 37. <ul><li>Must be willing to learn, to listen and to grow in your awareness and abilities to perform the duties of your office. </li></ul>
  38. 38. <ul><li>Must be willing to remain your natural self and not take on an aura of false pride in your countenance. </li></ul>
  39. 39. <ul><li>Must be willing to accept the simple fact that you have flaws and will need to work every day to become a better leader than you were yesterday. </li></ul>
  40. 40. Think, Pair & Share <ul><li>Turn to the person next to you and share: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What qualities best describe you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How are you using those qualities in your current setting? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>As a school leader what will you do to continue building upon these skills? </li></ul>