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Leadership Principles Part 1

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This is the first of a three part series on the major principles of leadership. These principles are viewed as a guideline of standards to best describe an effective leader. These principles resulted from an extensive psychology research group I lead as part of my candidacy as an MBA (& later MHRM) undergrad student.

Who comes to mind when you think of a good leader, Barack Obama? Andrea Jung? Donald Trump? Oprah Winfrey? Jack Welch? Hillary Clinton?

In almost all aspects, leaders come in a variety of moralities and characteristics. What makes a leader successful? Personality, skills and one that can fit into any audience of any environment they encounter. Even so, having a set of principles helps guide individuals into becoming great leaders.

The principles set forth came from an extensive research on what guideline of standards best describe an effective leader. It then became an initiative to help encourage a more accurate and positive evaluation of one’s self. Many don’t see themselves as leaders until they are able to evaluate their characteristics, skill sets and experiences in a more positive light.

Vision To “see the big picture” is a trait of leadership when evaluating the organization from the inside out. In order for a leader to reinforce the efficient behavior, the team before them must be well aware of the goal. Conceptualization is to create and support concepts that will structure the will of a team. A leader in management must think outside the box and comprehend how the production of the ground level benefits the entire company.

To begin with the end in mind, such as the 2nd habit in Dr. Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, is to be conceptual in a sense. Dr. Covey has been able to present his vision of reinforcing efficient behavior and being an effective person no matter the environment. Over 20 million of his books have sold in multiple languages across the world. Such success goes to show that Dr. Covey is a great example of a leader who can visualize a concept and be able to present it to such a broad audience.

Inclusion There are leaders who believe that people have an intrinsic value beyond their tangible contributions as workers. As such, leaders are deeply committed to personal, professional and spiritual growth of each and every individual within the organization. When a leader is committed to the growth of the people who follow, the strength of the team will become unbreakable.

An excellent example of a business leader who showcases inclusion is the co-founder and CEO of Costco, Jim Sinegal. With Costco being considered to be the world’s seventh largest retailer, it isn’t run by your typical CEO. Sinegal is known to look just like any of Costco’s store clerks, dressed casually with a name tag as he visits up to 10 stores daily.

Almost 90% of his casually dressed employees enjoy a wide range of benefits such as health with dental and vision plans, a 401(k) plan, child care, life insurance and stock options. He believes that when employees go out there and bask on the goodness of Costco it helps the image and the word of mouth. He believes it is giving his employees the best is the reason behind Costco’s high sales, productivity and the sense of “getting what you paid for.”

Persuasion A key technique of effective leadership that is a powerful tool of motivation. To persuade can be expressing value behind a specified task or line of work, embracing a point of view through reasoning or creating an extrinsic inspirational tool. Of course the intention behind persuading followers in a constructive manner is to establish an incentive. A group will take the initiative once the sole purpose is understood and visualized. A strong leader will express the value of labor to enrich the moral of their subordinates.

During his presidential campaign in 2008, Barack Obama showcased his persuasion technique into his speeches.  His consistency, constructive manner and his inspirational speeches persuaded people to vote him into the presidency. His persuasion also influenced how the nation voted in the majority of congress during last year’s elections.  Even outside the United States, politicians in many countries were inspired by Obama’s campaign that their campaign slogan was also a convincing “yes we can.”

Now the world waits to see if his persuasion skills can work as he works to bring in health care reform and the next steps on the war in Afghanistan.

Stay tuned for part two when we discuss the next three leadership principles.


Written by Ms. Hala

23 November 2009 at 9:00 pm

What’s Your Intelligence Type?

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Often times, we see our barriers before our skill sets when it comes to what is it we can be in our lives. As we evaluate ourselves and our skill sets during our job searches, we can also learn of what types of intelligences we have. From there, we can better understand what skills we are good at as well as how we can improve ourselves as we learn new one.

It has been proven that there are eight types of intelligences. This is also relevant to the science behind how one uses either side of their brain for the learning processes. Before I go into the types of intelligences, one must realize that no one has only one type but maybe stronger in one then the other. Once one is better aware of their intelligence type strength, one can learn faster, gain confidence and improve on any weaknesses one may have.

1. Interpersonal – This intelligence is about social interaction and working with people. One who is always working in a group, especially surrounding themselves with like minded individuals.

2. Intrapersonal – Some what the opposite of an interpersonal intelligence. One who is self conscious and with a strong sense of individuality. One who is very well aware of their inner self, can work alone and set themselves on task with very minimal supervision.

3. Kinesthetic – This intelligence is connected with movement and the sense of touch. One who can be seen doodling while in a meeting or prefer conversing while taking a walk. Many children have a strong kinesthetic intelligence from birth and learn by touching (and tasting) everything!

4. Musical – Another stimulating type of intelligence, recognized in many studies that those participating in musical activities, even just listening to their favorite genre of music, as they work get far more ahead then without. Something also connected with the way either side of one’s brain works, one who is strong in this intelligence are strong in areas utilizing patterns such as music of course, math & programming.

5. Naturalistic – One who is comfortable and knowledgeable about nature and the environment. One who can be seen outdoors, prefers to be surrounded by natural scenery such as the ocean or trees. Individuals strong in this type of intelligence are mostly known for their creativity and sense of being focused yet relaxed.

6. Visual/Spatial – This intelligence is all about the visualization of things. One who understands colors, shapes and see how things seem to fit together. This intelligence strength has been recognized in recent years now with the popularity of visuals such as mapping an idea through an image or video and being easily made and shared throughout the internet, placed in professional presentations and taught in educational systems.

7. Verbal/Linguistic – One of the two most popular types of intelligences very much emphasized in public schools. Ones who utilize their strong vocabulary either when being spoken or written. Individuals with this strength can handle the load of paperwork, language specific types of documentation such as the “legal lingo” and speech writing.

8. Logical/Mathematical – The second most popular type of intelligence emphasized in public schools. Ones who can handle formulas such as algebra or statistics. Many with this intelligence strength take on careers as computer programmers, engineers, physicists and of course mathematicians.

With the knowledge of the eight intelligence types, one should be able to recognize the type of learning and working styles they are best at. Again, not any one person has just one strong type of intelligence, but I think each of us definitely has one that can be stronger than the other.

If you must know, my intelligence type would have to be interpersonal, visual, musical and verbal. What’s your intelligence type?

Written by Ms. Hala

19 September 2009 at 6:13 pm