When we talk about leadership, we often assume we share the same definition of the word, but do we?

organizational leadership definitions


There are twelve TED talks here. Look at them and decide which one speaks to you.

Pick one of these 12 and plan to write a Sakai forum posting about why you picked it.

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Then read this one


Follow that up with a read of Key Components of Organizational Leadership. See if you can agree with this definition.

It is often the case that people don’t want to be leaders for fear of rejection. Leaders are able to rise above this natural fear and lead by the example of adding value to an organization. Managers and leaders are not the same. Leaders possess strategic thinking and not only an understanding of the vision of an organization, but also the ability to effectively carry out and communicate that vision.

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You don't have to read these unless you wish to, but we might touch upon them in conversation

  • we'll consider leadership functions within organizational structures.
  • We will consider a few thinkers
  • and some comments about the topic
    Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.
    Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

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things we'll talk about

You all will have some points to make as you discuss why you chose one or the other TED talk

slides for session 17

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something to take away

What Have You Done?

Music comes from the heart, and the soul. A comment from his United We Swing.

Together these artists raise their voices to highlight jazz’s importance to America’s cultural heritage and to remind us that, even in divided times, music can unite us all. All proceeds from the album will go toward Jazz at Lincoln Center’s education programs, which introduce thousands of children to jazz each year.

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