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Introduction to leadership and activites for the INNOVATE Conference.

Introduction to leadership

Leadership is an ambiguous term; it is defined differently depending on cultural beliefs, organizational culture,generations and personal beliefs. To become an effective and efficient leader, it is important to take all of this intoconsideration. To help understand leadership styles, you can put leaders on a continuum and look at their strengths and weaknesses.The best example of this would be George W. Bush and the Dalai Lama. Both leaders are thought to be extremely effective andefficient by many people in their country and from around the world (note this is just a comparison of different leadership styles) andto analyze their different leadership techniques and styles is fascinating. What kind of leader do you want to be?

It is important during your INNOVATE experience to think about the list of leadership skills/attributesand to fill out your personal Leadership Worksheet . This is a work in progress and something we hope you continue to modify throughoutyour career and life to develop yourself into a global technical leader.

To begin the Leadership Module, please take time to write in your journal now about leadership. How do youdefine a leader? What leaders do you admire and why? How do you think leadership styles compare and contrast in Singapore andJapan?

Enjoy this module!

List of leadership skills/attributes

  • Life-long learning–the desire to continue learning throughout life
  • Emotional intelligence - a term that encompasses soft skills, focusing on communication and interpersonal skills
  • Competitive Drive–the desire to keep excelling and learning, mainly fueled by competition.
  • High energy level
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation
  • Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Curiosity
  • Commitment
  • Ability to see the bigger picture
  • Ability to learn from one’s failures
  • Leveraging others to work to their highest potential
  • Looking at various solutions to a problem
  • Working toward a larger vision based on shared values and goals
  • Social skills
  • Risk taker - the ability to take oneself out of comfort zones
  • Humble self-assessor - honest assessment of one’s failures, and successes, but more importantly one’s failures
  • Open to new ideas
  • Good listener
  • The ability to challenge the process
  • Inspire a shared vision
  • Enable others to act
  • Integrity - possessing ambition, competence and a moral compass
  • Engaging others by creating shared meaning - empathy, obsessive communication and the encouragement to dissent

Leadership continuum

The Leadership Continuum
  • Adler, Nancy J. 2002. International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior, 4th ed.
  • Augustine, Norman J. Augustine’s Travels: A World-Class Leader Looks at Life Business, and What It Takes to Succeed at Both.
  • Bennis, Warren G. and Robert J. Thomas . 2002. Geeks&Geezers: How Era, Values, and Defining Moments Shape Leaders.
  • Bennis, Warren G. and Burt Nanus. 1985. Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge.
  • Fine, Charles H. 1999. Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage.
  • Gardner, Howard. 1995 . Leading Minds.
  • Goleman, Daniel. 1998. Working with Emotional Intelligence.
  • Handy, Charles. 1998. Beyond Certainty: The Changing World of Organizations.
  • Hesselbein, Frances, Marshall Goldsmith and Richard Beckhard, Eds. 1997. The Leader of the Future: New Visions, Strategies and Practices for the Next.
  • Katz, Ralph, Ed. 2003. The Human Side of Managing Technological Innovation: A Collection of Readings.
  • Kotter, John P. 1996. Leading Change.
  • Kotter, John P. 1998. The Leadership Factor.
  • Kouzes, James M and Barry Z Posner. 1995 . The Leadership Challenge: How to Keep Getting Extraordinary Things Done in Organizations, 2nd ed.
  • Moran, Robert T and Philip R. Harris. 1983. 1983. Managing Cultural Synergy, 3rd ed.
  • Northouse, Peter G. l997. Leadership Theory and Practice.
  • Rhinesmith, Stephen H. 1992 . A Manager’s Guide to Globalization: Six Keys to Success in a Changing World.
  • Trompenaars, Fons and Charles Hampden Turner. 1997. Riding the Waves of Culture.
  • Trompenaars, F.&Hampden-Turner, C. 2002. 21 Leaders for the 21st Century: How Innovative Leaders Manage in the Digital Age.

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
Daniel
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
Maciej
characteristics of micro business
Abigail
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Anassong
How can I make nanorobot?
Lily
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
NANO
how can I make nanorobot?
Lily
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
s.
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
Tarell
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
Virgil
is Bucky paper clear?
CYNTHIA
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
NANO
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