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How Much Do You Think Your Past Academic Performances

How Much Do You Think Your Past Academic Performances

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Reading through your math class experience made me to ponder on what is the place of courage in leadership?

More than the academic brilliance you displayed while teaching maths is the initial courage to step forward in the first place. Great leadership is as dependent on courage as much as fire is dependent on oxygen. Winston Churchill was quoted by McCain (2004) that courage is "the first of human qualities ... because it guarantees all the others." What differentiated you from other equally (or even more) brilliant classmates yours was the courage that you displayed which also earns you the leadership of your maths class. Again, to your math class – I believe one of the reasons your form teacher stopped you was his sudden realisation of the failure of their leadership and how your action could put the teachers in trouble with the authorities. However, did you consider taking the classes outside of school hours? In which case your form teacher wouldn’t have any influence over what you do. How much do you think your past academic performances, especially in mathematics; helped your classmates to make sense of your ability to successfully lead the class? Would they still have consented if there wasn’t prior exemplification of your prowess? What your form class realised was failure of leadership. REFEREENCES: 1. McCain, J. (2004). In Search of Courage. The Courage Issue. Available Online: http://ehis.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/ehost/detail?sid=b4cb101f-2d08-48d1-aa9473417f8774ef%40sessionmgr115&vid=1&hid=121&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29 wZT1zaXRl#db=buh&AN=14039775. Accessed 26th December 2011

Hi Newton, I quite agree with you that leadership is best defined within the context of organisational or group’s objective. Therefore, the best people to assess your CEO’s leadership qualities are employees and other stakeholders of your company – NOT bystanders and external spectators who have no stake in what your organisation does. Also, in a way, you suggest in your article that President Mugabe has subtly influenced sensemaking among the people by using the power of information to control their minds and by extension, their perception. If this is the case, then he has successfully impaired “reality” in the minds of the people. Within the context of scholarly pursuit, this is not leadership. If there has not been any constructive vision articulated or a clear purpose or destination for the country, then what he is doing might not be acceptable as leadership in academic environment.

REFEREENCE: 1. Maxwell, J.C. (n.d). Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Available online: http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/courses/communicationskills/leaderqualities.pdf. Accessed 27th December 2011.

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