ETHICS (Part 1)

Ethics: Addressing Issues and Challenges The ethics of an evaluation rest solely on the values and personal convictions of the researcher. Newman and Brown (1996) define ethics as the science of rules and standards of conduct and practice (Russ-Eft & Preskill, 2001). Unfortunately, on a daily basis or so it seems are articles, blogs, and twitters of unethical conduct by those in leadership positions. Does Congressman Weiner ring a bell? It clearly seems that business leaders have yet to learn from the shenanigans, which were commonplace at Enron and Adelphia before their demise. Unfortunately, one does not have to look back to the Enron debacle; President Obama’s current cabinet appoint

THE PRINCE (Part 5)

Another unintended result of a mercenary brought into play is the loss of the cutting edge of ministry. The mercenary skilled and articulate causes the regular army to relax from their personal responsibility. The Church initially receives a return form the mercenary’s abilities; however trouble lurks. The danger is best seen when under attack. Mercenaries are quite anxious to be soldiers so long as war is avoided, but let war come and they will either desert or flee (p. 52). The church transfer mercenary will more often than not leave when the ministry is under attack. If the pastor relies on mercenary giving to budget and mercenary involvement to manage, he or she sets him or herself up

THE PRINCE (Part 4)

One leadership style of significance is the manner in which Machiavelli imposes his will on his reader. His assertiveness is hard to see. In fact, he risked being taken lightly when he said, though I judge this work unworthy to be presented to you (p. 15). His desire to leave an imprint and his understanding of the political games of his time prompted him to take the humble approach. He continues, nevertheless, I am very confident that because of your benevolence, you will accept it (p. 15). In other words, Machiavelli says I am giving you my best even though my best is not worthy of you. Gardner describes this attribute as ascendance, dominance and assertiveness (p. 53). This advance was th

THE PRINCE (Part 3)

Let’s continue our look at the leadership process through differing leadership styles. The process that produced leaders was the system of princes with their respective principalities and the means to obtain and maintain their spheres of influence. Machiavelli was a master of the process. His mastery was astute enough to know that differing principalities and princes needed equally different leadership styles. Leadership Style How one successfully manages or leads followers is at the root of leadership style. The leader must develop enough flexibility to adapt when needed while not appearing so flexible that one senses insecurity. Poor leaders can weaken team work in even the most talented f

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