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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

is economics important in programming world?
Abdul Reply
What is oppunity cost
Kudzanayi Reply
it refers wants that are left unsatisfied in Oder satisfy another more pressing need
Osei
Thank bro
Kudzanayi
is the second altenative to foregone
swedy
How does monopoly and imperfect competion;public goods externalities ass symmetric information, ommon property ressourses; income distribution Merit goods and Macroeconomic growth and stability causes market failure?
Gcina
it is where by a labour moves from one place to another
Amoako Reply
yh
Osei
another
Amoako
yh
Osei
ok
Amoako
what is mobility of labour
George Reply
who best defined economics
paul Reply
what are the importance of economics
Adwoa Reply
answer
Asamoah
trade should be best
Aakash
help to know how our government operates in which system
swedy
1. To solve economic problems. 2. To predict economic event. 3. It also offer intellectual training to students.
samuel
How price elasticity can affect the markets of certain goods
Rhoda Reply
Heyy thanks for the teaching
Easter Reply
what is labour
Arthur Reply
Mental and physical ability of human being is considered as labour.
JEYARAM
and usually provided by human
KEMAWOR
is all human effort both physical and mental abilities to work
Asamoah
why is it that most countries in Africa abuse available resources
Okeoghene Reply
What is economics
Bright Reply
economics is a science which studies human behaviour as a relationship between ends, scarce means which have alternative uses.
prince
Why is scarcity a mind problem in economics
Alima Reply
because of the problem of allocation of resources
Osola
unequalled distribution of resources
Agyen
thanks
Alima
scarcity is a mind problem due to circumstances like when a particular product is demand in a high rate at the market.
Saihou
scarcity defines limited in supply relative to the demand them. so scarcity is a mind problem in economics because wants are unlimited while resources are also limited.
prince
it is a mind problem because it's one of the fundamental issue address by economics human wants are unlimited and resources available are limited this makes the study of economics essential
rashid
its a fundamental issue
zahid
it's not a mind problem, I think it's a economic problem, how to allocate scarce resources to satisfy need and want of society
Samiullah
Identify the different sectors in the economy
Moses Reply
what is economics
Moses
economic is study of human behaviour according to how they satisfie their numerous want
Osola
Economics is a science which studies human behaviour as a relationship between ends and scares resources.
JEYARAM
economic is study of human behaviour according to how they satisfie their numerous want
Amar
what is the law of demand
Adugbire Reply
the lower the price the higher the quantity demanded vice versa is true
Nadhin
yes
vivek
yes ooh
Asamoah
right
samuel
what are relationship between unemployment and economic growth
Weness Reply
no relationship
Awuah
When there is economic growth, there is increased opportunity in employment. When there is no economic growth mean there is recession causing a decline or downsizing in employment opportunities.
Teescou
unemployment or employment determined by the level of economic growth
Osola
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