What it Takes to Be a Great Leader
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Think about the topic.
What do you think makes a great leader?
What qualities do most great leaders have?
What types of leaders do you look up to?
Why do people respect some leaders and not others?
Would you like to be a leader? Why or why not?
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What makes a great leader today? Many of us carry this image of this all-knowing superhero who stands and commands and protects his followers. But that’s kind of an image from another time, and what’s also outdated are the leadership development programs that are based on success models for a world that was, not a world that is or that is coming.
We conducted a study of 4,000 companies, and we asked them, let’s see the effectiveness of your leadership development programs. Fifty-eight percent of the companies cited significant talent gaps for critical leadership roles. That means that despite corporate training programs, off-sites, assessments, coaching, all of these things, more than half the companies had failed to grow enough great leaders. You may be asking yourself, is my company helping me to prepare to be a great 21st-century leader? The odds are, probably not.
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Source: TED Talks
Speaker: Rosalinde Torres
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After watching the reading the transcript (or watching the video below), discuss the following questions with your tutor.
Do you agree with the speaker’s ideas? Why or why not?
Do you think her suggestions will help organizations succeed more?
What types of organizations need leaders like the ones mentioned in the video?
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Learning and Practice
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How many of these words do you know?
What do you think the others mean?
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Try to use them in your discussion about leadership.