Moments of Leadership

[inspired by course COM 461 L Communication in Leadership // prof. Elizabeth Carlson]

Communication and leadership. How are they connected? When do you use them? How do you use them? These are just a few questions that were bounced around during the introductory days of this course. Now we are in the depths of the nitty and gritty to beginning to understand what role communication exactly plays in leadership.

Instead of giving you a run down of the course, I am going to highlight key learning takeaways connecting our class to the book we have been using to complete fish bowl (discussion) activities: The Leadership Moment: Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons fro Us All by Michael Useem.

1. Roy Vagelos Attacks River Blindness
Have a dream, a vision, a goal, and know how to best motivate your team on achieving that goal.


2. Wagner Dodge Retreats in Mann Gulch
There is a direct relationship between stress and performance. Different individuals have different panic points (where peak performance is found and soon after it falls drastically). This panic point is different due to the different experiences you have lived. Sharing knowledge of your previous experiences helps others improve/lengthen the time to their panic point.

3. Eugene Kranz Returns Apollo 13 to Earth
In high stress situations it is important to be concise, direct, and remain positive. As soon as your spirits drop and you are iffy about what comes next, you have already lost momentum, credibility, and your odds of success deplete astronomically.


4. Arlene Blum Ascends Annapurna
Follow your dreams and seek to achieve them. Just because you don’t get the glory does not diminish the work and effort you put in and the achieving of that. Team oriented, not just individual.

They made it to the summit

5. Clifton Wharton restructures TIAA-CREF
Listening and gaining knowledge about an organization that you have just become a part of is important to the future success of said organization. Through a wide range of knowledge you are able to best implement tasks/procedures for moving forward.


Stay tuned for any major breakthroughs or epiphanies in COM 461 L.
Until then, we relentlessly make forward progress.
Learning, growing, repeating.


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