Leadership On the Edge

Can One Be A Political Leader Without Politcal Authority?

Leadership is not a question of the position one holds, but how one positions oneself to be effective in achieving meaningful goals. This is particularly true in the political arena–especially in Ghana.

Here’s an excerpt from Ghana Journal: “The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Reverend Dr. Joyce Aryee has revealed to that at almost 65 years, she has no ambitions of becoming, probably, the first female President of Ghana.”

“When the question as to whether or not she had any presidential ambitions was posed, the dashing lady had a swift and unequivocal response: ‘I may be good at what I do but I do not have that ambition. No, I don’t. I don’t belong to a political party. I don’t think that this thing about independent candidates running in our situation where we have chosen party politics is the way to go.'”

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Developing the Influencing Skills of Your Leaders: eCornell Webinar

Last month eCornell hosted a Webinar with Professor Samuel Bacharach entitled “Developing the Influencing Skills of Your Leaders”.  Professor Bacharach discussed his approach to the micro-skills of high performance leadership. Specifically, he laid out two overlapping sets of skills: the skills needed to move agendas ahead, and those needed to execute.

As he argued, the key to execution is the capacity to get people on your side and maintain momentum. In the world in which authority is no longer the answer for everything, Professor Bacharach invited the 1,000 plus crowd to think about how to use influence to move their agendas. eCornell invites you to listen to the archived version of this Webinar by going here.

Heather Burlew-Hayden, eCornell

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