This is the first in a series a four learning labs on podcasting in education at South Mountain Community College presented by MCLI, the Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction. Presentation is accompanied by a wiki: http://drcoop.pbwiki.com
Principles for Leadership Leader- One who has the greatest positive impact, over the longest period, on the people for whom they have stewardship or responsibility. Pillar principles are fundamental values that are requisite for effective leadership and successful long term impact on others. Many may operate short term without these but positive impact over the long haul, even passed on to generations will not occur without these principles being in place.
Pillar One Ethic Ethic - A set of moral values and principles based on constant and consistent standards that does not change with time, popular opinion, or adversity. The value set is derived and defined from a source beyond the transient opinions of contemporary wisdom and even beyond any historical base. The source of the values boil down to one of two origins: rational thought as described by a higher level of order of nature, or revelation as described by God who embodies all good and endeavors to assist all mankind to reach the same level.
Pillar Two Integrity Integrity - Complete adherence to the ethics defined and a code of moral values. The value set is useless if not strictly adhered to. Adherence requires discipline, moderation, temperance, and restraint, especially with respect to proper and appropriate use of passions, appetites, and urges of the physical and temporal world. Integrity also requires courage which is mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
Pillar Three Faith Faith - Firm belief in something for which there is no scientific or physical proof. Some things cannot be proven with the feeble, short-sighted methods and understanding of scientific theory or secular ideology. The greatest victories are driven by a deep, internal, conviction often only truly valid to the one feeling it. The greatest proof of truths comes not from the external evidences as illustrated by experiment, equation, or peer confirmation, but from internal conviction and witness. The external is helpful, the internal is necessary. We all operate by faith.
Pillar Four Discovery Discovery - To obtain insight or knowledge for the first time. Constant growth requires us to seek and receive continually and effectual insights and knowledge. It renews the soul, rejuvenates the heart and invigorates the mind. It humbles the individual, which in turn opens new areas of inquiry, growth and learning, which in turn fosters more discovery. This leads to competence and expertise in areas you choose to study. An additional by-product is excellence or the quality of pursuing perfection, which through the process of discovery, one begins to see as achievable.
Pillar Five Charity Charity Benevolence and goodwill toward, and love of others. A desire for the good of others is requisite for openness of mind. Such an attitude requires the individual recognize the intrinsic divine value of self as well as others. A greater level of self-esteem and self-interest is reached when one truly desires, and works toward the achievement of growth for others than focusing on ones own accomplishments. This level of understanding is founded on a conviction that the origin of the individual is rooted in a divine nature.
Pillar Six Commitment Commitment - Characterized by steady, earnest and energetic application and effort. All things learned, either by study or by faith, must be mastered in the crucible of consistent, daily application. The theory must be tested, the value must be lived the insight must be shared and the knowledge must be applied. And all will be applicable in any aspect of ones life if the value, insight, theory, or knowledge is valid.
Pillar Seven Agency Agency - Capacity, condition or state of acting or exerting power. The ability to act for oneself, agency entails choice, responsibility, accountability. Correct use of all of these is critical. It is a real and active power increased or lessened by the way it is exercised. Used correctly and appropriately it increases our freedom, wisdom, and understanding. Improperly used it results in a bondage worse than prison because it places one not in a physical, but an emotional and spiritual prison from which it is more difficult to escape.
A last comment Learn by Observation, Inspiration, Study If you learn about these things that are not written down, the unwritten order of things, you will be better qualified to be a leader -- and you are going to be a leader. The most important positions of leadership are in the home. (President Boyd K. Packer, The Unwritten Order of Things, BYU Devotional, 15 October 1996)
The Sound of the Forest Back in the third century A.D., the King Tsao sent his son, Prince Tai, to the temple to study under the great master Pan Ku. Because Prince Tai was to succeed his father as king, Pan Ku was to teach the boy the basics of being a good ruler. When the prince arrived at the temple, the master sent him alone to the Ming-Li Forest. After one year, the prince was to return to the temple to describe the sound of the forest. When Prince Tai returned, Pan Ku asked the boy to describe all that he could hear. Master, replied the prince, I could hear the cuckoos sing, the leaves rustle , the hummingbirds hum, the crickets chirp, the grass blow, the bees buzz, and the wind whisper and holler. When the prince had finished, the master told him to go back to the forest to listen to what more he could hear. The prince was puzzled by the masters request. Had he not discerned every sound already? For days and nights on end, the young prince sat alone in the forest listening. But he heard no sounds other than those he had already heard. Then one morning, as the prince sat silently beneath the trees, he started to discern faint sounds unlike those he had ever heard before. The more acutely he listened, the clearer the sounds became. The feeling of enlightenment enveloped the boy. These must be the sounds the master wished me to discern, he reflected. When Prince Tai returned to the temple, the master asked him what more he had heard. Master, responded the prince reverently, when I listened most closely, I could hear the unheard-the sound of flowers opening, the sound of the sun warming the earth, and the sound of the grass drinking the morning dew. The master nodded approvingly. To hear the unheard, remarked Pan Ku, is a necessary discipline to be a good ruler. For only when a ruler has learned to listen closely to the peoples hearts, hearing their feelings uncommunicated, pains unexpressed, and complaints not spoken of, can he hope to inspire confidence in his people, understand when something is wrong, and meet the true needs of his citizens. The demise of states comes when leaders listen only to superficial words and do not penetrate deeply into the souls of the people to hear their true opinions, feelings, and desires.