MGMT 5273 Strategic Leadership Week 7 Discussion Questions

MGMT 5273 Strategic Leadership Week 7 Discussion Questions

Assignment 1: Review last week’s posts. Choose one of the articles posted by a fellow student last week that intrigued you, and read it. Respond to the following questions:

What leadership principles discussed by the author were also covered by your course reading?

What leadership theory, philosophy, or model is best represented by the author?

Reflecting on Session 7 Devotion and this review of the course reading, has a better understanding this leadership theory or model, or some other theory or model learned in this course, benefited you as a leader? How do you understand the relationship of your faith and your leadership as a result of this course?

Cite at least two academic sources, including the original article and the textbook or other course reading.

Student Article 

The first woman in U.S. Military history to achieve a four-star officer rank is General Ann Dunwoody.  According to Peter Economy of Inc. magazine, The leadership strategies that General Dunwoody learned during her 37-year military career not only work in the U.S. Army, but would be good to implement in business as well (Economy, 2015).  Of the fifteen leadership strategies presented by General Dunwoody, I have chosen 3 to highlight for this discussion.

First, living to a higher standard can lead to success, while meeting the standard works if you just want to be average (Economy, 2015).    We all know that, at times, we must go above and beyond the call of duty to get the job done.  As a leader, this point might make one think of ethics and compliance as well.   For the safety of customers and employees, sometimes it isn’t enough to be in compliance, a company should hold themselves to a higher standard which inevitably will translate to a healthier bottom line.

Second, a leader sets the tone for others by his or her actions and should always take into account that people are always watching (Economy, 2015). The leader can change the dynamics and direction of a company not only by his or her daily decisions but by the treatment of employees and customers by said leader.   My parents used to tell me that what is “caught” is just as important as what is “taught”. Even if a follower never makes any comments or suggestions,  he/she can observe and learn his/her conduct by emulating those in power positions.
Third, it is important for senior leaders to consider succession planning (Economy, 2015).  In order for a company to continue success, the company must be able to function in crisis situations.   If a senior leader leaves his/her position suddenly, will his/her absence create havoc in the work environment?  A strategic leader who leads with the best interests of the future of the company in mind should always share the information necessary for the next person to step into the position.   For the most part, positions are temporary.   We as leaders should take great care to leave our company in better shape than we found it.

The article written about General Dunwoody is extremely interesting and, in my opinion, proves that leadership issues are not always gender related.   Not once during the article did General Dunwoody mention the fact that her gender was an issue in her work.  General Dunwoody’s view of leadership seems to be based on “raising the bar.”   When a leader operates at a higher performance level, the followers will also function at higher levels. She is definitely a good role model and the article left me with the feeling that I can make a difference when I hold myself to a higher standard.  ”Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly” (James 3:1 New International Version).   Those of us who desire to lead others must accept the fact that we are “judged more strictly” and use that to propel us to the next level.

References

Economy, P. (2015, April 15). 15 leadership strategies from America’s first female 4-star general. Inc. Retrieved from https://www.inc.com/peter-economy/15-leadership-strategies-from-america-s-first-female-4-star-general.html

Assignment 2: In Isaiah 36, we overhear the conversation between a servant of a pagan king and a servant of an Israelite king. The message from the king of Assyria was “On what are you basing this confidence of yours? You say you have counsel and might for war—but you speak only empty words. On whom are you depending, that you rebel against me? Look, I know you are depending on Egypt, that splintered reed of a staff, which pierces the hand of anyone who leans on it! Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who depend on him. But if you say to me, ‘We are depending on the Lord our God’—isn’t he the one whose high places and altars Hezekiah removed, saying to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You must worship before this altar’?” (Isaiah 36:4b-7). Upon hearing this message, and being challenged by Isaiah the prophet to seek God, King Hezekiah realized that he had forgotten about God and was relying on his own strength and the strength of alliances with foreigners to protect him. At this point, Hezekiah realized the error of his ways and returned to God. As a result, God gave Israel victory over Assyria without Israel having to even go to war.

In strategic leadership, we can sometimes rely on our own strength and our partnerships with secular organizations for our success. This story reminds us that success comes from our reliance on God. God still expects us to do our part, though. Whether it is through prayer, investing the talents he has given us, or living with godly character, we are responsible to seek success from God’s perspective.

What specific topic have you learned about in this course that has both increased your knowledge about leadership and also increased your dependence on God for your ability to lead or follow?

Course: MGMT 5273 Strategic Leadership
School: Southern Wesleyan University

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