Break the class into six groups: GROUP A: Government Leaders (president, senator, governor, representative, assemblyperson); GROUP B: Business Leaders (CEO, president, leader in business); GROUP C: School Leaders (class president, informal leader); GROUP D: Sports Leaders (team captain, informal team leader, coach); GROUPS E and F: Effective Managers (the manager who demonstrates competence/effectiveness in position).
12-8. Each group identifies the defining characteristics for the assigned role, not simply by
brainstorming, but by deciding upon descriptors that most of the group agrees are defining
12-9. Reconvene the class. Draw six columns for each group and list the characteristics of each group.
What similarities do you see between the lists? From the results of this exercise, does it appear that what it takes to be a good leader is different depending on the classification? Does it seem that the characteristics for leaders differ greatly from those needed for good managers?