Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Leadership: Patience or procrastination

To become an effective leader, one should operate in patience and be patient. Patience is something that should not be confused with procrastination. Patience allows leaders to see the good in others. It allows followers to see the vision of the leader. It allows plans to become actuality and a reality. These are some of the few advantageous to patience. The difference between patience and procrastination is that one (patience) is actively waiting for thoughts to become actions and the other (procrastination) is knowingly not engaging in a behavior expecting a result. Knowing the difference between these two can determine the perceive leader effectiveness in the workplace. How can one measure the amount of patience they have? And how much patience should one exert, especially with a follower? The following link is an attempt to measure the level one has of patience: Dudley (2003). Also, there is no current method to determine when and the amount of patience that should be shown towards an employee or coworker within an organization. Furthermore, as a leader, patience can be shown in various setting e.g. family, home, religious organization, nonprofit organizations, social organization, etc. There may be correlation between patience shown in the workplace and in extracurricular activities.

Dudley (2003) found these factors associated with patience: postponement, punctuality, time urgency, flexibility, capacity for tolerance, self-regulation, self-awareness of extreme, comfort with ambiguity, and limits of tolerance. By focusing on these factors that have been tested for validity and reliability, one may understand the integration of leadership and patience. As a leader, plans do not always unfold the way designed. What does a leader do when plans fail? Leaders exhibit a level of patience and wisdom to navigate around obstacles that may have adjusted the plan. Situational leadership theory provides a more systematic method of dealing with multiple variables within an organization, but not every circumstance is going to provide a set up in which a solution can be calculated through a mathematical equation. How does a leader address a follower or customer with a level of patience that is not mistaken as another inferior emotion? Engaging in purposeful patience is not a ticket to allow someone to treat an individual in a disrespectful manner; however, it is skill that allows the leader to work with a person to achieve the overall goal of the organization.

All in all, patience should not be confused with procrastination. Patience is a skill that takes time to develop. By employing specific behaviors associated with patience (Dudley, 2003), one can be perceived as an effective leader. Patience should not be exercised for selfish gain, but for the achievement of the organizational goal.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Technology leadership: Using technology to become a more effective leader

Definitions of technology leadership seem to be rare and far-fetched. This post looks to address the relationship between technology and leadership. Many may think that leadership has nothing to do with technology, but it is important to realize the integration of both in the realm of the other.
Integration of technology within leadership is essential to the development of organizations. One may think that leadership is separate from technology; however, technology and leadership are one in the same. In order to operate a business, a leader needs to have a certain level of technology competencies. Some of these technology competencies may include electronic communication, web-development and online learning.

Another aspect of technology leadership is the integration of leadership within technology. When one discusses this avenue, it is vital to understand the process in which leadership is infused into technology. Technology can be thought of as internet, computers, and web sites. Leadership can be thought of as executives and getting others to change their behavior. The integration of leadership within leadership can be seen as executives and changing employee behavior within the internet, computer, and web community.

Also, there are some new developments that should be taken under consideration when discussing technology leadership. New technologies, innovation, diversity, and creativity are some components one can observe. Using new technologies such as iPad and smaller processors can assist leaders in being more effective in the organization. Being more effective can include increase productivity and greater work-life balance. Innovation, diversity and creativity can be seen as going hand in hand. Creating innovative ways of engaging in diversity while being creativity may increase a leader’s effectiveness in various organizations.

Technology leadership assists in the building of individuals, teams and organizations. Technology can bring individuals together through internet communication. Also, technology can create more efficient methods of processing organizational rules and regulations. Furthermore, technology leadership helps develop an organization’s mission, purpose, teams and/or organizations. By using technology, companies can share the organization’s goals faster and globally.

Leadership can be improved through computers, web development, information technology and electronic communication. Also, these are some of the avenues in which technology and leadership can be integrated. There are more aspects that contribute to leadership, but it is necessary to view them in more indirect lens such as methods that technology can change leader behavior.

Some questions that may probe the technology and leadership conversation further are what are some new technologies; how does one define innovation; how does one define diversity within leadership and technology; and how can one be creative using technology leadership?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Get Rice: Ronnie O'Brien Rice: Relationships impact on leaders

Get Rice: Ronnie O'Brien Rice: Relationships impact on leaders

Relationships impact on leaders

In intimate relationships, there are individuals who are more dominant. However, in the world outside of intimacy, there are people who are even more dominant, but not leaders. More so, there are leaders who have little to no significant relationship with their family which may include spouses and/ or children. For example, Ronald Reagan, Martin Luther king Jr., and others may be considered those individuals who have strained relationships within their family where there is little to no attention given to family members. Given the amount of time these leaders devoted to others, logically, time had to be taken away from their family. This does not mean that people that are leaders should abandon their responsibilities at home, but that they should learn a certain level of work life balance. Nevertheless, a person that is highly passionate about their profession, such as social leaders, it is key that families and friends realize the leader’s longing and family members should support the leader to the best of their ability. Communication within relationship is a vital component in this work-family balance. Furthermore, some leadership roles are forced and others are requested. In either situation, depending on the relationship status of the leader and family, one should consult their family as well as potential life partners before committing to a certain role. Not everyone is called to be a spouse or child of a great leader. Even though children might not have a say in their birthright, children are individuals and should be considered as such. Leaders make sacrifices and so does their family. A vital question could be how does one determine if they should make a sacrifice in regards to their family? This is a great question to ponder in regards to the impact of relationship on leader behavior. The answer to this question depends on the impact of it on the family, spouse, child, world, and generations to come. Social leaders such as pastors make many sacrifices by traveling to different cities, states, countries, etc. Nevertheless, their families are satisfied with their quality of life. Family members might not receive the same amount of time and attention as someone who parent’s does not have to participate in this type of lifestyle but, there is a higher level of satisfaction in their lives.

If one is a spouse of a great leader, one may want to evaluate the way that they show support to this person. Sometimes spouse need to be sustenance to the leader and sometimes the leader needs to give attention to their spouse. Leadership is about balance inside the workplace as well as at home. Some may argue that the way one caries themselves at home is a direct reflection of them in the organization. This may not be the case at all times. There are several parameters that are significantly different in home life and the workplace situations. One major difference is the mode of operation or the token of economy. Something that motivates a person at home may not motivate them in the place of work. It is imperative that leaders know the role that their family has in their life. Children and spouses have a reason for being in the home. A good and effective leader knows their roles in the home and the workplace as well as the differences between the two. Influential people know specific leadership styles to execute that benefit both the organization and their family. Families are there to support, encourage, be a sound board to bounce ideas, etc. Employing this knowledge and wisdom in present day leadership situations may be a key component to both leader and family fulfillment in life.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Moral leadership: More than a Wall Street executive

Recent activities of celebrities, actors, and politicians show an increased concern for moral leadership in all walks of life. When in then lime light, it is important for many to realize and understand their impression on fans, followers, and employees. Often times, individuals who do not operate directly with the business or religious domain feel an increase need to disregard local or federal laws and/or social calling to represent their craft, skill, and industry. Various leaders have been given a tremendous gift and talent. Some have been given those gifts to only waste away. Life is not all about business, but people such as Oprah and Michael J. Fox have made it a point to embody themselves and their industry in a positive light. One characteristic that separates the aforementioned individuals from those that discarded themselves in the media and their personal life is moral leadership. The simple answer of moral leadership provides a standard for leaders to operate. Some may argue that moral leadership may be specific to religious leaders. However, moral leadership can be implemented by individuals that embody vase array of organizations and industries. Some suggest that if one engages in self-leadership behaviors then they are more inclined to participate in moral leadership behaviors as well. Regardless of the relationship it is important that politicians, actors, artists, and others hold themselves to a higher benchmark. Obviously, individuals’ standards are different from the next. But, as long as people keep striving to achieve the mark that has been set, this world can engage in a positive and effective change in leadership.