Posted by: krystianhudson12 | March 28, 2013

Good Leaders: 03.28

“But good leaders, whether in organizations or in families, encourage subordinates and reward them for their positive contributions.” This is a direct quote from the Eagly and Carli reading we did for class today. When I read through this section, I literally stopped reading and really thought about it for a good ten minutes. This quote has multiple interesting components. I think the main component that got me thinking was the part about rewards. Good leaders recognize the contributions of their followers. They appreciate everyone who played a role in success. As discussed in previous classes, this is something we generally see women do. We have talked about how qualities of “good leaders” usually are qualities that men hold. Maybe this inconsistency could be explained by separate mindsets for people who are involved with a group, and those who are on the outside looking in. Maybe, when we take a survey asking people what they want in a good leader, qualities that are associated with men are the first things that come to mind, like presidents. But maybe when we are actually following a leader, our perception of leadership changes. We expect recognition because we are actually involved in doing something.

The other part that intrigued me was the comparison of organizations and families. I think this is interesting because we generally think about how families and careers are different, with different responsibilities and requirements. We have also talked about how they can be handled together, but we have never really talked about how organizations and families are similar and how they could potentially work together. This quote shows us that it is actually pretty simple to do a “good” job at home and at work because they both require the same thing. And that is giving encouragement and gratitude to all of the people that helped you along the way.

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  1. You point out one of the more troubling problems with modern leadership (to me anyway)–leadership literature defines leadership differently than the public. The only people aware of how leadership should be, according to scholars, are more scholars studying leadership. The people actually subject to leadership seem to be unaware that true leadership is a collaborative action within a group of people. That awareness is not gained until collaborative leadership is experienced first-hand. The public accepts the idea that leadership is defined with male qualities, but does not seem to be doing anything about it either. The good leaders are ignored by the people who need them.


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