A Personal Discovery Of Leadership Sanborn

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A Personal Discovery of Leadership
Leadership is a stimulus that a person has over a group of individuals that inspires the group to achieve a common goal (Northouse, 2016, p. 6). The person that wields this stimulus could come from a diversity of backgrounds, age groups, or career levels, but one thing that is for certain is that anyone can be a leader.
Prior understanding From prior knowledge, one would think that an individual in a leading position is what a true leader symbolizes and that all who are inferior to that individual have no power. One may also assume that without a superior title or longevity in the workplace that they could not influence or inspire others. Sanborn (2008) asked a thought-provoking question, “If you had no
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The six principles of leadership are the power of self-mastery, the power of focus, the power of persuasive communication, the power with people, the power of execution, and the power of giving (Sanborn, 2008, pp. 27-92). These principles prove that leadership can be learned and/or taught, which stifles that idea that a leader is born. When a leader incorporates these principle’s in their leadership strategies, then they are more effective in their workplace or environment. This newly found knowledge has put an end to preconceived ideas of leadership that were present before the beginning of this…show more content…
“Effective leaders… are able to keep themselves and those around them on task. Those who lack focus in their personal lives and in their careers tend to drift” (Sanborn, 2008, p. 42). This principle has been utilized by an academic advisor at Fresno Pacific University: Merced Regional Campus. Nicole Cochran has found her focus in all contexts of her professional and personal lives. She is going to be graduating soon with her doctorate degree, works full time at her workplace, is involved in her church, is there for her friends, all while being a mother of two young men and a loving wife. A drifter is that last thing that could be used to describe Nicole and her leadership ability. She has found her focus and strategically pursues her goals, she has learned to prioritize her school work and job tasks as need be, and her commemorative moments in her life prove that she has been immensely
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