Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders

ICLD 3.2 Founding Fathers on Leadership: Discussion Board

Instructor: Dr. Mitch
  1. Post a new discussion related to the topics covered in this module.  Your post needs to provide specific lessons learned with examples from this module helping you enhance your leadership capacity at work.
  2. After posting your discussion, review posts provided by other students in the class and reply to at least one of them. 


  • This lesson from the Founding Fathers was good information that continues to solidify what we’ve learned so far. A good summary of information is that:
    – Leaders should not use coercive power, instead use inspiration and persuasion
    – Leaders should have a vision and action plan that are centered around shared goals
    – Leaders shall act with respect to values of those they represent and those values should be in line with their own.
    – Leaders should not be afraid of risk-taking and need to be decisive in their decision making
    – Leaders create continued communication that builds trust, confidence, and understanding from their followers
    – Leaders shall never stop learning… learning about the past, about their people, about the present, and about the future

    These are all things we should strive for in our own leadership journey.

  • I could absolutely relate to Schultz expressing the importance of making decisive decisions when you are in a leadership role. He explained that individuals will be come frustrated with the process if it take a long time for leadership to make a decision on the matters at hand(Schultz, 2017). I have seen this occur on many occasions; leadership will ask for recommendations and ask for workgroups to be put together. Once these are completed, months go by with no answer, the members become very frustrated and feel like their voice doesn’t matter and that they wasted their time. As a supervisor, I try to let my members know that I have addressed their concerns and have brought them to the attention of upper management as soon as possible so they are aware that it has been addressed timely.
    Schultz, H. (2017). Founding fathers on leadership. 3.2, Week # 9. National Command and Staff College. Retrieved from

    • Red tape, it’s the killer of all dreams. The bigger an organization, the longer change takes to occur. It’s frustrating for those who need to change to occur faster. As a leader, we can all try to focus on implementing good change as fast as possible. It will help keep morale and trust high and will send a message to our staff we’re listening to their wants/needs and will help them.

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