Jupiter KazeminejadProfessor StewartProject #2Leader11/20/18ABSTRACT Being a leader isn’t all about giving orders, it’s about creating a following and being efficient and effective. Effectively balancing tasks and relationships leads to better working conditions and results that stands the test of time. Whether it’s giving proper credit for accomplishments, acknowledging mistakes, or putting safety and quality first, great leaders exhibit integrity at all times. They do what’s right, even if that isn’t the best thing for the current project or even the bottom line.
Leaders must motivate, instruct and discipline the people they are in charge of. They can accomplish none of these things if they aren’t very skilled communicators. Not only that, poor communication can lead to poor outcomes. Leaders who fail to develop these skills are often perceived as being weak and indirect. BACKGROUNDMalala Yousafzai is a Pakistani education advocate who, at the age of 17, became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban.
Born on July 12, 1997, Yousafzai became an advocate for girls’ education when she herself was still a child, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was traveling home from school. She survived and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. In 2013, she gave a speech to the United Nations and published her first book, I Am Malala. In 2014, she won the Nobel Peace Prize, which again, made her the youngest person to win that prize. Malala Yousafzai was born in Mingora, Pakistan, located in the country’s Swat Valley. For the first few years of her life, her hometown remained a popular tourist spot that was known for its summer festivals. However, the area began to change as the Taliban tried to take control. Yousafzai attended a school that her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, had founded. After the Taliban began attacking girls’ schools in Swat, Malala gave a speech in Peshawar, Pakistan, in September 2008. The title of her talk was, “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?” (Kettler, 2014). In early 2009, Yousafzai began blogging for the BBC about living under the Taliban’s threats to deny her an education. In order to hide her identity, she used the name Gul Makai. However, she was revealed to be the BBC blogger in December of that year. With a growing public platform, Yousafzai continued to speak out about her right, and the right of all women, to an education. Her activism resulted in a nomination for the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011. That same year, she was awarded Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize. Malala and her family learned that the Taliban had issued a death threat against her because of her activism. Though Malala was frightened for the safety of her father, an anti-Taliban activist, she and her family initially felt that the fundamentalist group would not actually harm a child.The shooting resulted in a massive outpouring of support for Yousafzai, which continued during her recovery. Unfortunately, the Taliban still considers Yousafzai a target, although Yousafzai remains a faithful advocate for the power of education. Her leadership qualities gathered her a following so large and loyal, that a death threat did not stop Malala from continuing her work. Her name became a household name and she stood for something that many cared about but where too afraid to speak up. Her courage and strength gave others the courage to stand up against oppression and speak out against injustices. ANALYSIS On Becoming a Leader is a book by Warren Bennis. This book is about leadership, qualities that leaders possess, and how to be an effective leader as well as an efficient one. The book provides many fine insights. The key one is that true leaders are not interested in proving themselves, but above all they want to be able to express themselves fully. Proving oneself implies a limited or static view of the self, whereas the leader, by continually seeking his or her fullest expression, must be willing to understand that he/she may have to go through periods of reinvention. For leaders described by Bennis, life is not a competition, but about growth and experiences. Structured education and society often get in the way of true leaders learning about their fullest potential. This is due to the fact that experiences aren’t learned in classrooms and sometimes real life situations needs to be dealt with on the spot. Real learning is the process of remembering what is important to us, and becoming a leader is therefore the act of becoming more and more yourself. From my take on the book, Bennis describes leadership as an engagement with these qualities for a long period of time because it demands that your unique vision be accomplished and that could take plenty of time. When people protest that they can’t lead, or don’t want to lead, they are usually thinking of management and giving speeches. But leadership is not about speeches, it’s about being effective and efficient. Malala Yousafzai carried many qualities of a leader that was effective and efficient. She fits into the theme of Bennis’s book because her vision took many years to come to light. There are some issues in the world that to be an effective leader it is important to show patience and strength. There are women in this world that cannot be educated, without the same freedoms that are present in America, it is hard to speak up against things that you believe in. Malala decided to stand up, even though her life was threatened and almost taken from her, she stood up and did not show fear. Her leadership qualities where evident the minute she decided to speak out especially at such a young age. MEASURES OF HER SUCCESSThe Pakistani teen, the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee, began her career in activism in 2009 at age 11, blogging anonymously about her life under the Taliban. And when the Taliban began blowing up schools and forbidding girls from going to class she kept on writing. She grew more outspoken and identifiable in her work, appearing in interviews. She began receiving death threats. And then, she was shot in the head by a masked gunman while riding home from school with a group of other girls. But even a bullet couldn’t silence her. She launched the Malala Fund to fight for the rights of the 600 million adolescent girls in the developing world (Williams, 2013). She produced the book I Am Malala to tell her story. She’s spoken before the UN. She was a runner-up for Time’s Person of the Year. And through it all, she remains an active target. Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told The Associated Press recently, If we found her again, then we would definitely try to kill her. We will feel proud upon her death. (Williams, 2013). She has refused to give in to threats and intimidation; she’s shown the world that nothing scares terrorists like an educated girl. She has made herself an effective and efficient leader in many ways, her success speaks for itself.CONCLUSIONLeadership is the capacity to turn vision into reality. (Bennis, 2009). Leaders are made, but are born with traits that cannot be taught. Bennis’ conviction is that we badly need leaders. He wrote On Becoming a Leader, when American economic leadership was being seriously challenged – we forget now, but in the late 1980s, it did seem for a while that Japan was surpassing the US in production, wealth and innovation. It took someone of the stature of Bennis to highlight the link between self-knowledge and business success, but this is now almost accepted. The new type of leader is not satisfied with ‘doing a job’ or ‘running a company’, but is compelled to find an outlet for his or her personal vision of the world. Now, the only way many companies can attract and keep the best people is by offering them more than just money or prestige – they offer them the chance to make history. Leaders are made every day around the world, and they come in all ages, genders, and races. Work CitedBennis, W. G. (2009). On becoming a leader. New York: Basic Books.Bennis, W. (2013). On Becoming A Leader | Warren Bennis. Retrieved November 29, 2018, from S. (2018, October 09). Malala Yousafzai. Retrieved November 29, 2018, from M. E. (2013). The Victory of Malala Yousafzai. Retrieved November 29, 2018, from