Kathryn D Nelson
April 22, 2013
Condoleezza Rice was born in 1954 in the racially segregated south in Birmingham Alabama. Her father was a pastor and her mother a teacher. Because of the segregation, she was homeschooled in order to ensure a better schooling and a chance for college. Her community pulled together and educated the children with nearly every adult in the community acting as teachers. She grew up during Martin Luther King’s drive for equality. He was jailed five minutes from her house and one of her schoolmates was one of the little girls killed in the Birmingham bombings. Although she grew up in turbulent times, political science was not her immediate choice of careers. Rice’s goal was to become a concert pianist and was considered quite accomplished. She changed her major three times until she attended and international politics class taught by Josef Korbel. Condoleezza Rice (Condi) earned her doctorate in Political science. Condi wanted to teach and joined Stanford University in 1981 as a political science professor. Condi Rice served a year as an International fellow attached to the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an advisor on Soviet studies. She was appointed by President George H Bush as the director of Soviet and East European affairs. This was during the time of the Soviet Union dissolution and restructuring and Germany’s reconsolidation. This launched her firmly into the Bush inner circle. She played a key role in female integration into the military serving on the committee that would later restructure the guidelines for female role opening up. Condi Rice integrated fully into the next president’s staff. “Rice was appointed national security adviser by President George W. Bush, becoming the first black woman (and second woman) to hold the post. She went on to become the first black woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State—she became the nation's 66th Secretary of State in 2004, following Colin Powell's resignation, and served from January 2005 to 2009(A&E network, 2013) Rice was known for being a charismatic, situational and transformational leader. As Secretary of State, her policy was transformational diplomacy. These styles would serve her well in both her National Security Advisor role and that of Secretary of State.
Leadership and Condoleezza Rice.
Leaders come from all different walks of life. They are poor, undereducated, overeducated, rich, African American, Caucasian, Hispanic or Asian. It is not what they have externally, that makes them leaders, but what internally drives them. Styles may differ however all of them are based off of influence and power. Influence may be used for positive or negative and the power may be real, implied or perceived. “Influence may be used for positive or negative. It is how the leaders get the followers to achieve goals. “It is not dominance, control or the forcing of compliance” (Pierce & Newstrom, 2011 p9). The power may be real, implied or perceived. The follower understands the leader has the right to make decisions however that right is granted. Key Traits of Leaders
Traits are characteristics of individuals. In this sense traits are qualities that leaders must possess in order to be effective leaders. There are six key leader traits as identified by our textbook. * Drive- indicates a willingness to make a high effort level * Desire to Lead- They must be willing to step up and set the example and want to lead others * Honesty/Integrity- Leaders must possess a moral compass that allows them to hold true to their ethical standards. These traits form the foundation of any leader follower relationship * Self Confidence - They must believe that they can obtain the objective or goal. * Cognitive Ability- Leaders must be able to multi task and show that they have the intelligence to understand and complete the goal * Knowledge of the business- They must...