Weekly Journal Update #2
Hour 1.5 — Class (January 19th, 2017 at 9:40am)
“Is exercising power leadership?” I would like to believe that the excision of power doesn’t necessarily equate to ultimate leadership. Leadership is more than just having the power to control. I agree that it is just simply having that extra influence. In today’s discussion we learned that leadership and power together is influencing people for their betterment. Going back to that topic of dehumanization, the question “Does holding power make lead to you to dehumanization?”. Dehumanization allows people to make hard decisions easier and unfortunately some view this positively. For example, people treating others as if they were robots and animals. They completely ignore an individuals capacity for pain or their complexity of emotions/morals.
We asked “To what extent does power make you dehumanize?”. I feel like if a person in powerful position can be drunk off their so called “leadership” which leads them to dehumanize people. We tend to wonder why people dehumanize. 1) It helps leaders to make/justify tough decisions (People that are deciding for those who cannot decide for themselves) 2) It minimizes guilt (Processing their own collective feelings of guilt) 3) Power increases de-individualization (People are more likely to stop seeing people as individuals and start viewing them as groups).
Hour 2 — Louis Stokes Library (January 20, 2017 at 12:37pm)
I Know What Boys Like (1/6)
Reflection: Implicit Bias
I believe that the problems that Agamemnon face’s in the Iliad aren’t specific to his gender. I feel like a woman could face similar problems in that situation as well. I believe there are opportunities for both males and females to portray leadership traits like courage, intelligence, self-restraint, and good judgement. Many people have the conscious or unconscious bias against women in leadership positions. Growing up, When the time calls for good leadership I don’t see myself turning towards a specific gender. I base my decision off qualifications and personality characteristics that I envision in my definition of a leader.
I took the Implicit Association Test (IAT) and was a little surprised by my performance. It suggested that I had a slight association of male with supporter and female with leader. I would have thought that I would have equally viewed both male and female with leader/supporter. But, then again, I am a woman and I would identify myself as a feminist. The test just basically confirmed my own unconscious views of my attitude towards women in leadership positions.
Hour — Home (January 20, 2017 at 2:09pm)
In the relationship between Antony’s mother and father you can clearly see that his mother some power. She called to torture the slaves one by one but then Antony’s father intervened and told her what he had done. She then granted him her pardon. When I think of the word “pardon” I think of a person of power releasing an individual of punishment. Seeing as to how Antony’s parents interact I can foresee Antony being greatly influenced by the important women in his life. Personally, I believe that frugality can be more important than generosity in leadership. I feel like when people are too generous they are prone to be taken advantage of. EXAMPLES OF BOTH
Hour — Class (January 24, 2017 at 9:40am)
During today’s class we discussed …..
The question “Are men and women motivated to be leaders for the same reasons?” was asked. I believe that both men and woman could have both the same or different motives for leadership. Some believe that there are different motives due to biology and evolution, which may have some validity. We discussed the environment in primate communities in chimpanzees/gorillas and how they compare to humans. In animals, males seek leadership and dominance. Their goal is obtain access to reproduction and resources. I believe that this is somewhat true but this doesn’t apply to all males. Unlike, animals I don’t believe men are trying to impregnate as many females as possible to pass along their genes. However, many males do naturally seek leadership and dominance.
Andrew Ludwig explains how he believes that women don’t want that leadership role, evolutionary speaking, because it holds no value to them. They are perfectly competent but they just have no desire to play such a stressful role. I don't necessarily believe in his theory. Yes, not every women may not want to play that leadership role but you cannot speak for women collectively as a group when you make a statement like that.
We went on ask the question “Are women addicted to power?”. Personally, when reading romance novels or watching romance films I gravitate towards the powerfulm
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