Leadership, Information, and Communication

Generation Matters

The summary of this article uses three main skills in order to obtain successful leadership. The first step is to getting your audience in agreement with your plans to be effective in gaining their overall support to ensure all parties are on the same page. “So getting an agreed definition is an essential starting point in measuring success, because it avoids problems later. But note that this is the beginning, not the end of the story” (Likierman, 2009 p. 46). The second step is to look from the inside out. Be in tune with your competitive company’s highs and lows in order to not fall with their same faults but to be prepared to overcome. “A rising tide lifts all boats” – as the aphorism goes” (Likierman, 2009 p. 48). You must take heed to be a successful leader.

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Generation Matters provides a strong overview for our past Generation Traditionalists through today’s Generation Y. Generation Matters. (2015) states, “Ignoring the trends represented by generations of workers who grew up in differing environments can be a mistake”. The article was “spot on” to my beliefs of the differences of the generations that have passed as well as to what is to come.

Successful leadership — How would you know

Boardrooms and business school classrooms are equally preoccupied with leadership, and success is often assumed to be about profit or Total Shareholder Return. It’s neither. For leaders wanting to measure their own success, for those who appoint leaders to know what they are aiming at and for outsiders assessing the quality of leadership, Andrew Likierman shows how to do it.

Facing the challenge of change: Steps to becoming an effective leader

This position paper makes the case that all leaders need to become agents of change. The steps to becoming a change agent are analyzed, including knowing one’s organization, assessing one’s leadership skills, gauging people’s reaction to change, learning the process of change, and making a commitment to change. The author analyzes Fullan’s model of the phases of change to provide a guideline to create the change process in a variety of settings. Current and future leaders will become reflective regarding bow they can develop the skills necessary to meet the challenges of change from both an organizational and individual point of view.

Overall this article was getting to the basic of your own existence and knowing thyself first before imposing change upon others to be a successful leader. Once you are able to face you own demons then you can move own to assist others overcoming their personal dilemmas then they will seek your knowledge in the future to keep pressing forward. According to Trybus (2011), “Being committed to creating a plan that relies on the strength of an organization and the individuals within that organization will require the leader to have knowledge and skills related to the change process” (p. 36). As the saying goes, “a car without an engine doesn’t travel far.” There are steps to be minded in order to become a successful future leader. Most importantly by being in touch with your strengths and weaknesses with a determination to turn your weaknesses one by one into your strengths.


Generation matters. (2015). Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings , 32 (3), 52.

Likierman, A. (2009). Successful leadership — How would you know?. Business Strategy Review, 20(1), 44-49.

Trybus, M. A. (2011). Facing the challenge of change: Steps to becoming an effective leader. Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin , 77 (3), 33-36.

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