Leadership Analysis : ' Resilient Leaders ' By Robert Dees

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Leadership and Selflessness In the book Resilient Leaders, Robert Dees (2013) very clearly points out that leadership is a contact sport in which tribulation can and will occur. In order to successfully navigate inevitable challenges, a certain amount of resiliency must be present, both in the leader as well as in those who are being led. He also discusses selfless service. When hearing someone talk about selfless service the first thing that comes to mind is doing something for someone with no thought or hesitation. You should never put yourself before others. Dees (2013) explains how using resiliency and selfless service tools can benefit organizations and help guide them toward organizational success. Group Consensus It was obvious…show more content…
Leaders must control their own emotions in order to guide others (Jackson and Daly, 2011). In fact, “many of the dangers to which leaders are exposed arise as a result of not recognizing and responding appropriately to constituents ' emotional needs” (Jackson and Daly, 2011, p. 22). When leaders activate their emotional competence, their ability to be resilient is strengthened. Resilient leaders are able to make a positive difference in the lives of others and do so consistently. One way organizations can build strong resilient leaders is by putting them into a leadership development program which teaches leaderships skills using the principles Dees (2013) outlines in his book. A scenario based program would give leaders a safe place to practice using conflict resolution skills while they are in the midst of tribulation. Risk management skills can be developed while they are handling crises. Practicing before being presented with an actual issue will help leaders respond, naturally, in a resilient manner. Selfless Service Selfless service, according to Wright and Lauer (2014), comes from “a character-based leader…with the necessary self-control to selflessly act on his or her own volition to inspire, sustain, and transform the attitudes and beliefs of both self and followers” (p. 30). At the heart of an effective leader you will find selfless service (Dees, 2013). When people think of selfless

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