Dr. Edward Roy Krishnan
Do you think leadership is necessary? Discuss. (250-500 words)
I think we really need to define what leadership is, because their is a complex meaning of the term “Leadership”. We sometimes define it as a person that is innovative, who has connectedness to their staff and know how to develop them, a person who focus on a shared vision, etc. But is it a clear definition of what you are talking about. It is difficult to follow a concise definition of a concept that is subjective. I think “Leadership” might be best understood through careful examination of phases in which it has evolved. Having said that evolution of leadership comes from Transformational Leadership with its progression towards Instructional Leadership. Now I think I can say that yes, we need Leadership and it is necessary to have in any areas of life especially in education. A kind of leader whose focus are on school goals, curriculum, instruction, and the school environment. This is Instructional Leaders a new breed of Principals which is hard to find simply because some Principals are not educational expert, some perceive their role as adminsitrative and as such they purposely distance themselves from classroom environment.
History itself has proven that leadership is inseparable to mankind. Since the inception of society before the dawn of civilization, leadership has been a very important aspect.
Needless to say, we are living in a very unique society where individuality is the only thing common among every people. People tend to have different attitudes, traits and characteristics due to the upbringing of the community where they live. Diversity is found in every level and every corner of the world that even the smallest of the smallest society enjoy it. Different we might be, we cannot deny the fact that this world is meant to be a world of happiness where everyone enjoys while in harmony with each other. Whether we are in Asia, Europe, South America, North America, Africa, or Australia; we are one and we should work as one. In order to do this, we need leaders who possess strong leadership attitude to guide and inspire every people in the society.
Leadership is needed in every corner of the world. Leaders are important in every organization. A world without leaders is like a ship without lighthouse. It would work yet it would be undirected and possibilities of naval accidents would be very high. In a society, a leader is of equal important to the lighthouse of navigating ships. Without a leader, fight against each one’s principles and philosophies would be more rampant and misunderstanding would be more prevalent. A sound leader is needed to create a sound society and the good thing is we can all be leaders. We can all be leaders of ourselves by possessing strong leadership attitude. We can all be leaders by leading our inner self and leading others by example. We can all be leaders by taking initiative every time needed, by being proactive to every situation, by taking part in the solution and not the problem, and by taking responsibility in our actions. Everybody is meant to be leaders. Leadership is very necessary. Even the jungle animals have their lion king and the colony of ants has their king and queen; how about, we, people?
Before I comment on the issue wheather leadership is necessary or not, its very imparative for us to know that, in one way or the other, every individual is engaged in leadership. What then is leadership, what is or are the marks of a good leader?
According to U. S. Air Force, “Leadership is the art to of influencing and directing people in such a way that will win their obedience, confidence, respect and loyal cooperation in achieving common objectives”.
What is more, John Quincy Adams puts leadership as “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”.
Looking at the above definitions and thoughts about leadership, I can confidently say, yes!leadership is very necessary in every aspects of human lives. Even in the kingdom of animals, there is a leader. In a situation where there is no leadership, what we are talking about is total chaos. A leader is that person who leads or paves the way for all others to follow in achieving a common goal or objective.
One may then ask, what marks does a good leader posses? Simple, Integrity, selfless service, standards of personal perfection, also remebering why you were put in a leadership position and never forgetting where you came from. Moreso, exemplifying everything you want the people you are leading to be.
I would conclude by quoting John Gardner who once said “Most important, leaders can conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts”.
Leadership is an act of leading or guiding. Management is essential in an organization for leaders to lead. Leadership is necessary to manage the organization to achieve its goals and objectives, especially schools. Imagining a classroom or a school without leadership, the school has its management but in the near future; all will be non sense. For example in classroom you are the teacher, you supposed to give the right instructions for your examination after you discuss the topic; but you can’t guide them on how to answer the questions or solve the problem because you didn’t show how to answer the problem. That’s why a leader should be a model, a good model for his/her members by thought, speech and ways on running or governing an organization. In academic view, leadership is natural in running a school. Leadership is the one that makes the school grow in number of students, improvement of facilities and infrastructure, profession of teaching and non – teaching staff. It is also the one that strengthens the management that should not be collapsed. So that leadership should be enabling or empowering leadership.
Ever since birth (hehe), I see leadership as a puppet show or just like playing The Sims2 where someone plays “god” mandating everyone…and that “everyone” has nothing to do but to abide…pouting…that’s why I never believed in leaders and I never thought of myself being one. My belief kept on for years, giving me a hard time following rules and engaging to group activities. I was used not to listen to anyone but myself, I thought “Hey, you can never tell me what to do, don’t play “god” on me”. Until the universe slapped me and taught me “not all gods are power-hungry”, you just need a sense of balance between what’s an order and what’s an option. So from there, I was convinced, we need a healthy, sound leadership. It’s like a lighthouse ready for rescue, and its mere presence will be enough to let every sailor know it is ready for back-up come what may. I don’t care now if the leader is at his best or nutty, though he must unshackle positive vibes among his minors, as long as he can withstand the overlie of empathy and rationality at the same time, rest assured, he’s going to rock the house on. In the school setting, leadership must be 24/7 realistically performing…known, felt and relied on. It is badly needed so there will be a smooth track in the school operation. Compliance from subordinates is strongly suggested but leaders should bear in mind that they should be followers too, and of course, doers/models. Leadership is necessary (I’m totally convinced). Leadership for school is best compared to God, ruling our lives. He is looked up to and at the same time, He knows when to give His people their time to shine.
Well for me, I guess leadership is very significant in educational institution or in any forms of organization. As we all knew, leadership is the process of influencing other towards the attainment of pre-defined goals. Without leaders, an organization would be unsuccessful. Leadership is the most essential aspect in any organization. A leader in a group is the one who motivates, who directs and encourage the members of the group. A leader is a person whom the members would look up to and follow; therefore leaders are like foundation in an organization because without leaders, a group, a company, and a country cannot stand well and cannot do better on their own without the guidance and the influence of an effective leader. Another thing is, a leader is someone to lead and direct a group of people to achieve their goals. Leadership then is about getting people to motivate and reflect something to develop clear goals that relates to the vision and mission of an institution as well as having the most powerful determinant of the organizations effectiveness, a leader can also transform his/her members into emerging leaders and willingness to lead and act with courage and deliberation in difficult situations, hard work and being proactive rather than reactive. With all of this, I conclude that leadership is very significant and necessary in any forms of organization because of the direct impact they have on how individuals within a particular team feel and to the degree to which they are motivated to perform at higher levels and therefore have a greater impact on institutions standards.
For me, YES, it is necessary. In every organization, we need someone who will guide, direct and lead us. That person is what we call a “leader”. An individual with good intentions to create changes, help and lead other people to achieve success.
Change is a difficult path. It is common to be told to acquire new skills because change is going to happen. So you do just that…you obtain the skills you were asked…you wait for some new policy, new set of procedures, someone who will support what you were implicitly asked to do and yet nothing happens. This scenario occurs when nobody takes a “leadership” role. Even when leadership will occur within a group, the group will be more effective if someone takes the responsibility of carrying the flag to its intended destination.
Every successful business requires effective leadership to fully utilize the skills of staff in order to achieve the aims of the business. This isn’t just a matter for larger businesses-even if you only employ one or two people you still need to make sure that you make the most of their abilities and aptitudes.
A leader can simply be defined as anyone who has a group of followers. Leadership is therefore the aspect of a group of people with a common goal or interest who fall under a given person /people as leaders.
Several issues arise as to whether leadership is necessary in society: Whether society would be better off without leaders after all.
Leadership aims at affecting human behavior so as to accomplish a given mission. In a given group of people or organization, a leader is expected to influence his followers so as to achieve a common goal of that particular group. If we take for instance a theater club that aims at staging several productions in a stipulated amount of time, then a leader would be necessary to influence that theatre club to work towards achieving that.
Leadership is essential because it’s a symbol of unity in a given organization. A leader, being a role model to a given group of followers, is seen as a symbol of unity. When a group of people is united, it is a known fact that the group works more effectively than when everyone works individually.
For instance when a group of soldiers go to war, a point of command is necessary to motivate and give the soldiers drive towards winning the war.
Leadership is this point of command: this point of unity.
On the other hand, leadership has its shortcomings. The more predominant one is misuse of power and community vices from society. This leads to people viewing it as unnecessary. Noam Chomsky, a renown American philosopher criticizes leadership citing that one needs not to be told what to do or not to. He points out that a member of society simply needs to question himself as to why needs to be rational in his actions. His main point of argument is that rationality defeats the whole purpose of leadership in society.
To a given degree I agree with Chomsky.
Leadership is a vital aspect of society or a group of people with the same goal. It has existed since the onset of civilization and it’s most likely to stay. I believe that embracing it and using it effectively and fairly makes every individuals aspect of life far better.
For centuries, people have assumed leadership as critical to the success of any institution or any endeavor. Thousands of years ago, leadership was discussed during the age of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates and many others. From social, historical, spiritual, psychological, political to educational dimensions- leadership exists. Moreover, people of different races, cultures, and traditions; the concept of leadership occurs universally. Therefore, leadership is indeed necessary.
In education, educational institutions continuously evolve as they constantly change because of innovative leadership brought by educators who actively participate, who actively search for their development.
Every school has a goal, has an objective, or has a philosophy to fulfill. Thus, leadership is absolutely necessary in the sense that it provides direction towards attaining such goal or objective. A school leader is like a person steering the ship,’ where the ship is the educational system and the direction that the ship is taking, should lead to the fulfillment of the desired and planned destination. Without leader, who would motivate, empower, or influence people? Who will solve the problem or the conflict an institution is facing?
Leadership is necessary because society keeps on changing and to cope up with these changes, only effective leaders have skills to address these demands. In regards to education, leaders are the key factor in guiding learners to learn.
Great leaders were remembered because of their great contributions that helped human lives developed and made societies changed; because they were the agents of change.
Lastly, quoting one of the leaders; leadership is important because it is the best way to get the best people to do their best work.
The future is taking shape now in our own beliefs and in the courage of our leaders. Ideas and leadership-not natural / social “forces”-are the prime movers in human affairs.
In every aspect of our lives we need leaders, whether at work, home, or church. There is a great need for leadership. Every team has a captain; every company has a president or CEO, every nation has a leader, and the church has leaders.
In the church the leadership roles must be filled by men. God has commanded that men be elders and lead his church. God has commanded that men be deacons and serve His church. God has also commanded that men be preachers and proclaim His word.
For the masses, everything depends on the examples that are set for them, on their role models and authority figures. Monkey sees; monkey does.
It is as equally important with an orchestra that is being led by a conductor to blend the melody of the different musical instruments just to produce a breathtaking symphony. Just imagine the turmoil in the music without the leader. The task of the leader then is not just to lead but to bring sides together.
Leadership is necessary. Without leaders, the people perish. Good plans shape good decisions, that’s why good leaders help make elusive visions come true. The quality of leadership, more than any other single factor, determines the success/failure of an organization.
Leaders as such play great roles. They are spearheads in nation building, the sole wrecker of every barricade or wall of diversity and the chain despite indifference of race, culture and tradition.
What most of our people who are behaving badly now, need is not punishment but good leadership, good examples.
â€œChaos is the law of nature. Order is the dream of man.â€
Gearing toward the 21st century, what the nation needs is what education can give, if and only if good leadership emerge from the times and circumstances. The art of leading is the art of dealing with humanity, of working diligently on behalf of men, of being sympathetic with them, but equally, of insisting that they make a square facing toward their own problems. The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people, so leadership must be clearly defined.
There is no abc to leadership, but here are some of the good attributes needed by a leader that would stand out in the educational system now and in the time to come.
Leadership Quality 1: Good leaders know themselves.
Knowing oneself is necessary when faced with challenges or ethical choices, communicating with those who have different ideas, making decisions, and identifying sources of satisfaction.
Often we are caught in the middle to decide on right things. We need to be clear about our own values, priorities, and preferences and not let someone else, or society, define them for us. By clearly identifying those values, priorities, and preferences we can articulate what we want, develop benchmarks, and make better choices.
Effective leaders know what’s important to them, what their strengths and weaknesses are, what drives them, and where to draw the line. Put it together and it boils down to a leader who has self-confidence and clear values.
Leadership Quality 2: Good leaders are committed.
In addition to being self-aware, an effective leader is not afraid to take on responsibilities. Sometimes it requires putting the organization or group firstâ€”and keeping it there. It is known as a committed leader.
Iâ€™ve been into several organizations way back college. Despite the arduous tasks given on my hands that time I was able to do my responsibilities in each organization while at the depth of my studies. Itâ€™s just a matter of acceptance. No matter how loaded I am, I see to it that I can be able to do my obligation in each organization while at same time maintaining my grades. Commitment goes with willingness to do it.
Leadership Quality 3: Good leaders know they don’t know everything.
Believing that an effective leader is one who knows it all is one of the most dangerous misconceptions about leadership. Human frailty comes into play whether sitting in a cubicle or a corner office. So while the ultimate decision and responsibility may lie with one individual, it is incumbent upon her or him to gather information and trust others’ points of view before developing a plan of action.
Cynthia Thompson reflected, “The most challenging element of leadership is to bring individuals together to move forward, but that’s also the most rewarding. It’s so wonderful when it does happen. To get there requires maturity to recognize that your way is never the only way.”
Leadership Quality 4: Good leaders are open to change.
Change is one of life’s most obvious factors, yet remains one of the most strongly resisted. As Peter Senge says, “Everything is in motion, continually changing, forever adapting.” Effective leaders recognize the value of change.
Yet all too often, it’s much more comfortable to ignore the inevitability of change and to keep things the way they’ve always been. Unless a leader’s goal is to bankrupt a business or ensure no new members join an organization that approach cannot work. Changes need to be anticipated and responded to if growth is going to continue. And that applies to minor changes, as well as major ones.
Leadership Quality 5: Good leaders go the extra mile.
Some leaders have a lifetime of small acts of leadership as extraordinary encouragers, strong organizers, good persuaders, or charismatic speakers. When it comes down to it, how we lead is a reflection of the characteristics and values that define who we are. Life revolves itself principally into what we do and what we are, the former largely controlled by the latter.
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