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May 8, 2013 / compassioninpolitics

Leadership Self-Assessment in Learning to Lead by Warren Bennis

1. Know themselves through reflection and self-observation.
2. Understand both their history and present environment.
3. Are clear about their values and goals.
4. Are aware of and can apply their learning style to solving problems.
5. Are willing to be life long learners.
6. Can take risks and are open to change.
7. Are able to accept mistakes and failures as necessary precursors to creativity and problem solving.
8. Are skilled in creating a vision and seeing themselves and their lives as part of this vision
9. Are able to communicate their vision with meaning so others are inspired by it.
10. Are committed to maintaing trust through empathy, constancy, and integrity
11. Are skilled in translating intention into reality through committed action.

I. Master the context
II. Knows him/her self
III. Creates Visions for the future
IV. Communicates with Meaning
V. Maintains Trust Through Integrity
VI. Realizes Intentions Through Actions

* This probably would be decent for teachers as well (perhaps with some amendments)

Warren Bennis and Joan Goldsmith, Learning to Lead: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader, p. 177-178

Communication of Leaders:
V-Visions
E-Empathize
C-Clear and Consistent Communication
I-Integrity (values & ethical practice)

Warren Bennis, Learning to Lead, p. 147

I think some of the other components could be added to this 4 part model.

This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!’

* I apologize that I haven’t unpacked this to credit it properly.

from W. H. Murray in The Scottish Himalaya Expedition, 1951 but partially credited to Goethe.

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