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Understanding authentic leadership and identifying your own personal basis of leadership is important when relating your duties as a human service administrator to the roles and responsibilities of the nonprofit board. Participate in this discussion after reading the journal articles and watching the video about authentic leadership.
- What leaders, past or present, do you admire most? Why?
- What leadership qualities do you have that are similar?
- What leadership qualities would you like to develop?
- Consider the five dimensions of an authentic leader:
- Do you understand your purpose?
- Do you practice your values?
- Do you lead with your heart?
- Do you establish connected relationships?
- Do you demonstrate self-discipline?
- Do you feel that you are more effective as a leader when you are authentic, or does being authentic constrain your leadership effectiveness?
- What would you say are some of your professional strengths?
- What have coworkers (past or present) appreciated, acknowledged, and/or admired about the things you do or how you interact with others at work? List as many as possible.
- What would you say are some of your personal strengths?
textbook, Developing Nonprofit and Human Service Leaders:
Chapter 4: “Leadership”
Chapter 6: “Agency Planning”
From the Library, please read:
Lee, R. J., & King, S. N. (2011). Your leadership profile. In King, S. & Altman, D. (Eds.), Discovering the leader in you: A guide to realizing your personal leadership potential(pp. 95-120). San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Herman, R. D. (2010). Strategic planning and the strategy change cycle. In Renz, D. (Eds.), The jossey-bass handbook of nonprofit leadership and management (pp. 230-261).San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Sattar, B. (2015). Discovering your authentic leadership. Leadership Excellence Essentials, 32(3), 30.
Inam, H. (2015). Wired for authenticity. Leadership Excellence Essentials, 32(8), 9.
Please watch the following supplemental video:
Torres, R. (2013, October). What it takes to be a great leader[Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/roselinde_torres_what_it_takes_to_be_a_great_leader
Chapter 4 identifies a four quadrant leadership system along with the associated leadership theories and shows how different skills can be categorized and used in nonprofit leadership. Chapter 6 introduces a strategic planning process to keep an organization moving in the right direction. These tools of the strategic planning process include developing a vision statement, mission statement, guiding principles, and goals and objectives as well as the SWOT method of analysis.
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