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Distrust is the main reason why leaders impose punishments on the people over whom they have power. This is clearly demonstrated by Marlon Mooijman’s PhD research. ‘Leaders expect other people not to obey the rules, and punish them on the basis of this distrust.’ Ironically, it turns out that these punishments are not very effective and perhaps even exacerbate the situation, continues Mooijman. ‘When people feel distrusted, they are less likely to obey the rules. They see this assumption on the part of the leaders as a sign of disrespect. It also violates an implicit social contract: ‘If you treat me well, I will act accordingly.’ –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone working under a distrustful, cruel leader.

Journaling Prompt: How do you react to a leader who punishes you?

Art Prompt: Distrust

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about leadership styles and how they affect the people being led.

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Reading is a habit of mine, not a hobby but a habit. It seems I just can’t get enough. I will read anything. –Color Me Grey by J.C. Phelps

Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch: what’s on your protagonist’s reading list?

Journaling Prompt: Write about the last book you read and what you learned from it.

Art Prompt: Reading

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience why leaders are readers.

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Leadership researcher, Fred Fiedler, has looked at the complex relationship between intelligence and leader effectiveness in his Cognitive Resource Theory. Fiedler focuses on two important leader variables: intelligence and experience. What this research shows is that under normal circumstances more intelligent leaders are more effective. This makes sense as intelligent leaders are better able to analyze problems, consider alternative courses of action, gather information, etc. However, under crisis conditions, Fiedler finds, more intelligent leaders are actually LESS effective. What predicts success in a crisis is experience. Highly experienced leaders immediately initiate well-practiced leader behaviors and get the group moving. More intelligent leaders, try to figure things out and the delay creates less efficient and successful leadership under time constraints. –Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use internal monologue to show the intelligence of the leader in your story.

Journaling Prompt: What characteristics do you respect in a leader?

Art Prompt: Intelligent leadership

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about leadership and intelligence.

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Arrogance is characterized by a pattern of behavior that demeans others in an attempt to prove competence and superiority. Silverman says this behavior is correlated with lower intelligence scores and lower self-esteem when compared to managers who are not arrogant.

…Silverman warns that “yes” replies to these other questions raise red flags and signal arrogance.

  • Does your boss put his/her personal agenda ahead of the organization’s agenda?
  • Does the boss discredit others’ ideas during meetings and often make them look bad?
  • Does your boss reject constructive feedback?
  • Does the boss exaggerate his/her superiority and make others feel inferior?

Left unchecked, arrogant leaders can be a destructive force within an organization… –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about an arrogant boss through the eyes of a victim of his or her bullying.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the worst boss you have ever worked for.

Art Prompt: Arrogant Leader

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about how to recognize arrogant leaders and the devastation they create.

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Resistance increases the more people sense that they cannot influence what is happening to them. -Ken Blanchard, Leading at a Higher Level

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a resistance movement fighting against a conspiracy.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you respond to change. Does your level of resistance change if you have some control in the process?

Art Prompt: Resistance

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write an article informing your audience about ways that they can decrease resistance to change.

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