#CritLit2010 Is leadership all about relationships and emotions?

While I was pondering about what to write in my Power of Story Part 2, I was stimulated by this post of matters of the heart referred by Stephen Downes in his OLDaily

I pulled these from Fullan’s new book, Motion Leadership (2010).

1. We must recognize the politics of emotions that energize behaviors.

2. The change strategy cannot create victims.

3. The problem must be named and confronted.

4. Leaders must exemplify the expected standards of behavior.

5. We must engage emotionally with students in their world.

6. Teachers and principals themselves are sometimes actors.

7. The environment must accommodate risk. (Jansen, 2009b, p.189)

I would like to know the basis behind these “principles of leadership”, and here I am posting my comments and questions:

1. What are the politics of emotions?  What are those emotions that energize behaviors? What is the relationship between leadership and behaviorism?

2. The change strategy cannot create victims.  Is this an oxymoron? Every change strategy creates winners, in accordance to leadership.  Otherwise, who would follow?  But who are the victims, who are the losers?  The strategy CANNOT create victims, but it CAN create winners and victims.  History tells us that there is no guarantee of no victims created out of any change strategy.  But great leaders do change the world

Were those leaders crazy? REALLY? Who changed the world? They were the great leaders, the real leaders who walk the talk.

3. Why must the problem be named and confronted? Are problems well-defined?  In whose names are those problems named? Who name the problems? In a leadership situation, is the leader the first to name the problem? Or the last?

4. Leaders must exemplify the expected standards of behavior – wow, that is the tribal approach, sure! The tribal leader would determine what standards of behavior would be praised, rewarded, amplified, or show as an exemplary to all followers, or would declare such behaviors as the heroic action in the tribal manifestation.  Magnificent motto!

5. We must engage emotionally with students in their world – wow! Are leaders emotional counselors or “manipulators” of their students?  Of course students are emotional humans, just like their teachers.  So what is the role of the teacher in their students’ emotional journey?

6. Teachers and principals themselves are sometimes actors.  What sort of actors?  Why? How to act?

7. The environment must accommodate risk. What sort of risks should be accommodated?  How about internet safety?

This one?

or this?

and this one?

Are we (both educators and students) safe in a virtual online environment?

I then read on about this site on distance educator where Saba would separate facts from fiction

My question: Really? How?

This stimulated me to reflect back on the Critical Thinking Skills needed, this time on leadership.

Is leadership all about relationship and emotions? How about critical thinking in leadership? No?


7 thoughts on “#CritLit2010 Is leadership all about relationships and emotions?

  1. Hi Suifai John,

    With regards to your post, In my opinion, leadership begins on ourselves. When we can recognize our emotions and manifest them with asertivity we can become leadership of ourselves and, afterwards from others. That is the basic on leadership.

    Regards, María Fernanda

  2. Hi Maria,
    All agreed. Leadership begins with us, each as a leader, especially in social networking.
    Here is my post on Servant Leadership https://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2009/08/29/leadership-in-education-and-social-networking/
    This is one superb way of leading that I think may be more appropriate in social networking. However, I still find servant leadership rarely adopted in institution or business. There has also been a trend towards looking a leadership as a collective action, rather attributing to individual leadership. This could be used in social networking, where networkers could all take their lead in education and learning in the media or COP. More researches may be needed to explore the implications of such collective leadership in action.
    Thanks again for your insights.

  3. Hi Maria,
    This Prezi on Storytelling has a TED talk on leadership http://prezi.com/x-darf4jbvpt/storytelling-frame-by-frame/
    It is leadership that inspires us that is important. It mentions addressing why and what we believe. Again it is going inside out – from why, to how to what when promoting or marketing a product or learning.
    Could we consider what we believe Connectivism would benefit and add value to us, in our learning, as educators and learners? That is the response to the why we consider Connectivism – the connection, the conversation, the learning in action by traversing and navigating over the networks for distributed knowledge, and the internal cognition and metacognition that relate to sensemaking and wayfinding.
    Would it be of interest to you?

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