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RESPOND TO JENNIFER

How Leaders add value to an organization

Value #5 in the 360 Degree Leader explains the qualities that an organization needs, and I really appreciated the information in this section as I feel they are very important qualities.  Here are the qualities that Maxwell states: “Adaptability, Discernment, Perspective (being in the middle, they see not only see their point of view but that of top and bottom), Security, Servanthood, Resourcefulness, Maturity, Endurance, and Countability”.  The ones I liked the most are Adaptability, Servanthood, Resourcefulness, and Countability.  The ability to be resourceful leans itself to being adaptable and those two qualities are imperative to success because things are constantly changing, and you have to always be looking at new technology and ways of doing things to thrive in ever changing demands. I love the quality of servanthood as it means you are “willing to do whatever it takes” and you are putting the needs of others a priority.  I believe that servanthood goes far with the quality of “countability” (which means you “can be counted on when it counts”).

I found that the terminology maybe different but have similar meanings.  In an article I read (Waters,

18 leadership qualities to help you reach your full potential

2022) it talks about 18 traits of a good leader. Out of the 18, here are a few of those traits that relate to the qualities I mentioned from Maxwell, they are “Drive, Resilience, and Creativity”.  Let’s start with “Drive” I equate to resourcefulness.  “Resilience” matches with “Adaptability” and “Creativity” is again another word for resourcefulness.

The second resource I am using is from Gallup (Gallup,

Effective leadership: How to be a better leader

2022) and under section 3 it talks about Leadership Traits, what makes a Good Leader.  What I liked about this section was it gave traits that we think people are looking for and through a study they gave us what we are really looking for in a leader and that is “trust, compassion, stability, and hope”.  Those four traits that the study revealed is a good definition of what Maxwell has as part of “Servanthood”.

RESPOND TO CINDY

5a. Leadership’s primary focus is that of creating change—management is primarily concerned with stability. As we have read in (Maxwell, 2011b) managers create the process and leaders inspire their followers. Where a leader will have a process, they have an open mind to their follower’s ideas. Maybe the process can be improved and changed. A manager would not look past his process or improvement. A leader will encourage their followers to use their straight to make the process efficient. Leaders, “activate people to be part of something bigger (Arruda, 2021)”. A leader will create a vision for their followers to work together toward.

5b.

Value 1, A leadership team is more effective than just one leader (Maxwell, 2011b). A great leader will want the best leaders on their team. To achieve the vision you must look for the best in everyone and work from that. You want everyone to lead and encourage each other.

Value 2, Leaders are needed at every level of the organization (Maxwell, 2011b). A leader will want everyone to be a leader. I’ve heard someone say, “too many chiefs and not enough Indians”. That’s not what this is saying. A chief would be in charge and give orders, whereas a leader would be encouraging not giving orders. So, a group of leaders working toward the same vision. Not a group bossing each other around.

Value 3, Leading successfully at one level is a qualifier for the next level (Maxwell, 2011b). Yes if you lead well you can move up to the next level but you will always need to increase your leadership skills. Leadership skills can always be improved just as any process can be. You will have to continue to work to be a better leader.

Value 4, Good leaders in the middle make better leaders at the top (Maxwell, 2011b). Leading from the middle and leading in all directions will strengthen your leadership skills. I believe you are always leading in the middle because even if you move up there are still people ahead and below you.

Value 5, 360 leader possesses qualities every organization needs. Every organization will prosper by having leaders that can lead in every direction. Everyone is a team player and helps each other by going over and beyond. Seeing the vision and working to help everyone accomplish it

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DISCUSSION QUESTION 2: DO NOT RESPOND TO QUESTION ONLY RESPOND TO  CLASSMATE

Many of the most vigorously debated issues in the world today center upon questions of justice and fairness. A variety of individuals and organizations argue that “equal opportunity,” for example, means “equal kind or condition,” and this in contrast to centuries of great thinkers who maintained just the opposite, that the two are not indeed the same.

Drawing upon Volume 5 of the

Free to Choose

video series, “Created Equal,” your studies and understanding and experience address the above topic as well as the following questions: What do you think? Is “equal opportunity” the ideal or is it “equal condition”? Or do the two go “hand in in hand”?

RESPOND TO KERRY

I believe there is a difference. Ideally equality should be across the board, however, In a job setting I do feel that it is more focused on equal conditions. For example, there is a job that ask for a minimum of a college associates degree in a related field. They receive 4 applications, One from someone with that exact field degree, someone with a masters in that field, a self taught and field experienced worker with no degree, and a high school graduate. More often than not, the high school graduate gets completely ignored after the review shows no college record. The experienced worker is often passed up despite the experience because of the lack of a degree. The person who had the time, money, and resources to obtain the master’s will be most likely to get the job unless the person with the associates proved to be a better communicator. It is not a completely equal field as even with experience, a simple piece of documentation that can cost between 15 and 20 thousand dollars at a full university like this one. Not everyone has that opportunity to get that documentation, like the experienced worker.

RESPOND TO TRINE

Is “equal opportunity” the ideal or is it “equal condition”? Or do the two go “hand in in hand”?

Equal opportunity is what we would like to have and strive for but equal condition (government welfare or interference) is what is offered to those that some how can’t take advantage of the equal opportunity provided. They both go hand in hand, both offer some level of opportunity.

  
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