Leadership Legacy

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Many people believe that leadership is simply being the first, biggest or most powerful. In January 2007, J. Lee Whittington presented the lecture on “Leadership legacy”, at a video tutoring session at University of Dallas. Leadership is an intentional influence. A leader is interpreted as someone who sets direction in an effort and influences people to follow that direction. Leadership is the ability to successfully integrate and maximize available resources for achieving organizational or societal goals. There are different styles of leadership but great leadership depends on vision, motive, and involvement of people in decision making process. J. Lee’s leadership style consists of a leader who inspires followers to share a common vision, encourages people to achieve the vision, and provides necessary resources for the development of personal potential. In general, this leadership style is more than the fulfillment of self-interest or provision of rewards. On the other hand, looking at my government’s leadership style, leadership is more like fulfillment of self-interest and does not share common vision. This style is more on controlling people and giving out orders. Leaders, who adapt this type of leadership, tend to make use of their authority to reward or penalize people under them. Leaders tend to focus on asserting power, pointing out errors and disciplining subordinates with poor performance. In general, the qualities of J. Lee’s leadership style are opposite to my government style of leadership. Leader, who uses J. Lee’s leadership paradigm, serves as a role model, brings commitment, and supports optimism. Great leadership also depends on the motives of a leader. It question leaders; are they doing so that other can shine and reach their potential? Or do they just have a personal agenda? J. Lee’s style of leadership sees a leader’s motive as outristic, where the motive of a leader is to use his power for the betterment of an...
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