Who Runs the World? Girls! Journal #11

April 5, 2017

1h 15 min

I really enjoyed this extra credit project. It made me look at myself and identify the traits I would want to depict as a leader. In addition, it wasn’t until I read this weeks module that I began to really understand the virtues of women leaders.I have a new fondness for the virtue of braveness. As a child, I have watched numerous cartoons that portrayed women as courageous. It was not until I reviewed this module that I began to reflect on those cartoons and came to the realizations that every female lead that depicted bravery, had an aura of manliness about her. That made me wonder if courageousness and manliness had to work hand in hand. In the cartoon Brave, a Scottish princess, whose interests involve horseback riding and archery, is told by her mother she should focus her attention on finding the best suitor to marry. The princess chooses to defy her mother. The princess does not want to bring any intentional harm or shame to her kingdom , she just wants the ability to carve out her own path in life. This would not have been a problem if she was a man. In fact,if she was a man, her actions would be applauded.

April 6, 2017

1hr 30min

Today we had a conversation revolving around leadership situations where someone micromanaged and it exhausted the person. This can result from various reasons. One being that, that individual many not trust anyone else.Another reason could be because that individual feels isolated due to the lack of continuous direct contact with followers. We also discussed the fact that some followers may feel as though, the leader may be getting an unfair an advantage when it came to the resources.

Next we reflected on situations where we felt as if a leader took too much of the credit. My mind automatically went to a project I had to complete in high school. The task was to create a a commercial for a product that we created. I was in charge of editing the video, creating a prototype of the project and editing the powerpoint to make it more interactive. Each member of the group were assigned tasks that they typically excelled at. Some task included recording video, conducting research, creating the powerpoint and making a rehearsal log. I was in charge of editing the video, creating a prototype of the project and editing the powerpoint to make it more interactive/creative. Everyone knew I was the most creative so I was automatically assigned those tasks and I honestly did not mind. What i did mind however was the fact that the spokes person of our group made it seem as if the group members, including myself, played a very insignificant role in the project. She took credit of most of the work, including editing the video. It wasn’t until the teacher asked what software she used to edit that she confessed that she did not really edit the video and it was I who did it. I knew our project stood out compared to everyone else. I was not concerned that we were not going to receive an A. What I was concerned about was the group members receiving the recognition they deserved. We all worked really hard that prior to class. That involved sleepless nights, a lot of revisions and changes. Being in a situation where an individual feels as though the leader took too much of the credit is not good for moral. They want to feel as if they are working for a common goal, not just creating an opportunity for that leader to get rich or gloat.

As a consumer of apple products, I was really surprised on what I learned about Steve Jobs. The image of the man that I once admired, the man who dropped out of college and create a billion dollar company that revolutionized the computer industry, is now tainted. Apple is often applauded on its mystic , but now that I know that one of its inventors was great at taking credit for other people’s ideas, I do not know what to think anymore. How can someone who was always applauded for his intelligence and innovation pride himself of his accomplishments when all he did was take suggestions of others and manipulated them to make them his “own unique ideas”? This makes me wonder how much Steve Jobs actually contributed to the creation of Apple. It also makes me question the validity of two of the quotes I remember using for my end of the term essay for my literature class in high school.

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance”

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.”

I wont lie and say that “ i wont buy anymore Apple products” or that “i hate Apple”, because that is not true. Over the years I have fell in love with the products that Apple has created–– ipods, ipads, macbooks and iphones. Although I am not too fond of Steve Jobs at this moment , I have too admit, he helped to create some of the best products I have used over the years. I’m too invested at this point.

In addition we also had a classroom discussion about motive, particularly greed, glory and a need to be in control. I know the motive of needing to be in control a little too much. Im not a control freak in any aspect but I like to be in control of every aspect of my life. I am not like that because I don’t feel as if anyone can do a better job than me or to take credit for any success. I like to be in control because it lessens my anxieties and I am a perfectionist. I fear the unknown and sudden changes. When I am in control, I am able to plan ahead. I give myself options so I am never cornered or helpless.

Achieving glory means that one will have to work hard and take a risk, putting themselves out there. The motive of glory can have positive and negative effects. Odysseus is overcome by his need of kleos. He feels the need to boast so that everyone knew of how he tricked and blinded Polyphemus. This also catalyst the revelation of his identity to Polyphemus. This was one of the most foolish acts Odysseus could have done. He did think about the backlash or the consequences that may follow . Instead of worrying, he even goes as far as to taunt Polyphemus when he blindly throws rock-throwing fury eggs after devouring some of his shipmates.

Is it bad leadership to want a solution that doesn’t involve anyone being killed ?

April 10, 2017

2hr 30 min

In class we had a discussion revolving around civility. It was concluded that it is important to discuss opposing ideas in hopes of finding common ground even though we may not necessarily agree with someone else’s claim. If we choose to not use civility we risk the act of dehumanizing someone. In addition we brought up the hypothetical scenario of ,if we could, would we bring a speaker like Heather MacDonald onto campus? My first thought was no. I may not be a avid participant in politics , but I stumbled upon a video of one of her speeches on twitter one day and I was not impressed. She speaks of statistics that she is not certain of. Most of them are opinion base. After our conversation on civility I am more inclined to allow her to speak on campus. This is simply so her arguments can be disputed. Thus expositing her ignorance.

Module

In this week’s module, Plutarch addresses his companion Clea. Plutarch made it known that he believed that when it came to excelling in the arts, men and women were more than capable. If I remember correctly, virtus means manly valor or “having balls”, which implies that something women lack. To teach the virtue, Plutarch told several stories from the lives of many women he found virtuous. He begins his claim with tales of deeds completed by virtuous women. It was amazing how these women impacted the protection of each of their countries. These women were so fearless and adventurous. They did not stand down when faced with turmoil. The Saltmatica women risked death by sneaking weapons in their clothes to aid in the battle.The women of Phocis voted that they would rather die than fall into the hands of the enemy. The lycian women were actually able to stop Bellephron from destroying their city by getting him to pity them when they fell to his feet. Although each group of women took three different routes to save their land, they are all brave to me.

Prior to this module, I was aware that women such as cleopatra and spartan women had leadership roles. The Spartan women were often regarded as heartless. They had a special responsibility to maintain the spartan identity. After all, they were the ones who defined what it meant to be a spartan. They had a very fierce patriarchal devotion. It was common awareness that the mothers believed that their sons should return from there war either with their shield or upon it. It was better to have a son who dies fighting gloriously. Thats best life they could have had. The Spartan women defined masculinity, proclaimed it and reinforced people of it. Cleopatra was the queen of Egypt. Egypt was a lesser kingdom than the Roman empire. This resulted in Cleopatra ruling from a subordinate position. Given the fact that she was a woman, she used unofficial power to get things done. If she could not command, she seduced. It’s no wonder that her intelligence and sexual appeal conflicts with the idea that Romans have about women. Women were meant to represent the virtuous. They were not meant to be part of the public Roman life. In a way this can illuminate the theme of sexism in the Roman Empire. I love the fact that I am being exposed to even more women who had such an impactful role in leadership.

Until Next Time,

Sashina Haughton