Wednesday, February 24, 2010

assignment 1

In the article by Mark Sanborn titled "Why Leadership Fails", it discusses six warning signs of why leadership fails. These warnings include: shift in focus, poor communication, risk aversion, ethics slip, poor self-management, and lost love. The most important warning is lost love. In being a leader, you lead doing something that you love and enjoy in order to do a good job. If a leader does not love what they do, then the leadership will result in being poor, as well as the result. If they loose sight of what they love, they end up leading a task that they do not enjoy doing; therefore, the result will not be accomplished to the fullest. The second most important warning is a shift in focus. While being a leader, you have your mind set on a particular goal. To reach that goal, you must do everything in your power to achieve it. One way to do that is to set your mind to it and not stray away from it. For example, if youare the leader of a small business that does their company a specific way, your mind is set on that particular way. But, if you are offered money, and to reach that you have to change a few things, then your focus has shifted on doing what needs to be done to earn more money, and that might mean having to change a few things in order to do so. This is a change in focus where the person switched their mind from one thing to another. The third most important warning is poor communication. This warning makes perfectly good sense. When a leader is trying to tell a group of people what, and how to do something, they have to be able to communicate with them in a way that get across to them. In order to do that, the leader must communicate on a certain level that suits the people. If a leader is trying to tell someone how to do something, but does not talk to them to where they can understand and visualize how to do the task, then the leader is being a poor communicator. This is a very important skill that a leader needs to have in order to achieve success. The fourth most important warning is a slip in ethics. This simply means that a leader, to reach their goal, might have to do something they thought they would never do. This shows dedication from the leader. If a leader is willing to do something that they thought they would never do to achieve the goal, then that shows that the leader is passionate about what they do, and really wants to acheive it. The fifth most important warning is risk aversion. This is where the leader is not able to accomplish or finish a goal, for they might have fear within them that is staggering their path to success. Some may fear that they cannot live up to the expectations they have set. Some fear failure, and that they can never be good enough to get the goal achieved. In order to overcome these fears, a leader must have a goal set in their mind, and should try their ultimate hardest to get it done. The harder to push yourself to achieve something, the greater the reward is. Finally, the sixth most important warning is poor self management. If a leader does not take the time to think about themselves and how they can imporove to be a better leader, then you won't progress to be better. The leader can only take care of his or her self, and when they are fatigued or overwhelmed, then their leadership will slack, and not succeed to the fullest. Leadership is a high postition, and can be tiring, overwhelming, and stressful; therefore, the leader needs to take the time to make sure that he or she takes care of his or her self before acting upon their goals. These warnings are what people need to look for in order to prevent leadership failure.

Friday, February 19, 2010