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ERIC Number: EJ854034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
On the Road of Experience: Seven Observations on Leadership
Dodd, David
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v27 n4 p61-63 2004
The author considers himself exceedingly blessed by the leadership opportunities and experiences he has had in his personal and professional lives. In retrospect, they form a study in contrasts: excellent leaders and mentors versus unsurpassed examples of poor leadership; outstanding organizations with wonderful people versus dysfunctional organizations condemned by incorrigibility; memories of cherished successes versus haunting failures and opportunities lost; mentors who invested their valuable time and patience versus others obsessed with themselves. Not surprisingly, the lessons provided by failures and poor examples are the most valuable and indelible. In this article, the author shares the lessons he gained through a quarter-century journey in leadership: (1) Fundamentally, a leader is an agent for change; (2) Leadership is situational; (3) Leaders need followers; (4) Leadership derives from character and competence; (5) Legitimate power is the greatest asset; (6) Leaders have to put it on the line; and (7) Keep things in perspective, and make it fun. (Contains 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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