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My exemplary leaders

Last weekend, a friend from Indonesia, who is an Editor-in-chief of one magazine, wrote me an email, asking me to write her a little story about people who have given a legacy in me and what impact they had printed in my life. She asked those questions as part of her writing project on “The Leadership.” Her understanding of leadership is based mostly on the principles endorsed by James M Kouze and Barry Z. Posner. Leadership, as defined by Kouze and Posner, is “a process ordinary people use when they are bringing forth the best from themselves and others” and is not “the private reserve of a few charismatic men and women.” From an analysis of the personal-best cases, they developed a model of leadership that consists of what Kouzes and Posner call The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®:
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My 2006 Political Compass

In January 2004 I tried the Political Compass for the first time to check on my political inclination. The result surprised me. I found out that I was a far-left libertarian, with scores as follows: Economic Left/Right = -8.25, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian= -4.77. It located me in the same quadrant as Nelson Mandela and Gandhi. Continue reading My 2006 Political Compass