We Can Get Qualities Of A Good Leader With Our Genetics

Posted under Leadership on Tuesday 21 May 2013 at 9:46 pm

qualities of a good leaderThere are plenty of theories and serious psychological books discussing what it takes to become and be a good leader. For many years, the experts are arguing and trying to find and answer to the question, whether we are born leaders, or we have to work hard to develop the qualities of a good leader. Many are convinced that becoming a leader is a hard personal work, and potential leaders develop their leaderships characteristics like personal charisma, the ability to persuade and make people accept their point of view, the ability to inspire and help people maximize their efforts in order to achieve one or another goal, the ability of influence and make people change, etc. by working a lot on their own personality. At the same time, even this kind of personal development and personal work may not be enough for becoming a good and successful leader.

Recently, the findings of an interesting study related to the issue of leadership were published, saying that leadership and possessing the qualities of a good leader are somethings which can actually be inherited. A group of researchers from various countries of the world has published the findings saying that they managed to isolate the genes responsible for good leadership skills. It is a special DNA sequence known as the genotype rs4950, and according to the report about the study which appeared earlier this year in the popular online journal Leadership Quarterly, about a quarter of people who are considered to be very effective leaders were found to have that genetic chain. According to the scientists, their experiments and long term research helped to identify very strong links between the mentioned gene and the ability of an individual to demonstrate strong leadership characteristics and skills.

During their scientific work, the experts collected and analyzed genetic samples of about 4,000 participants, men and women from the United states, who were proven to possess all qualities of a good leader. Along with the genetic samples, full information on the participants was collected including the details about their job, personal life, personal preferences, and so on. A good deal of attention was paid to personal behavior and leadership styles of every each participant.  Finally, as a measure of leadership success, the scientists analyzed closely the career development and the position the participants occupied at their workplaces. Further, all the data was put together and processed.

It turned out that most of the participants possessed the genotype rs4950. Therefore, the scientists came to the conclusion that becoming a successful leader and developing effective leadership characteristics is something that depends both on genetic and environmental factors. According to the report written by Dr. Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, one of the study leaders and an Assistant Professor of Political Economy and Behavioral Science from the University College London School of Public Policy, both sets of factors are very important. “The conventional wisdom — that leadership is a skill — remains largely true, but we show it is also, in part, a genetic trait,” he said during the presentation of his group’s scientific findings.

Despite quite strong scientific evidence pointing to the fact that genetics plays a great role in the ability of a person to develop all effective qualities of a good leader, the scientist is convinced that environmental and personal factors should still be considered more important. Dr. De Neve also informed the journalists that his scientific group is already planning conducting a new study aiming to getting a clearer picture about the discovered genotype interacting with other significant factors that influence personal behavior and help in developing effective leadership characteristics. The findings of Dr. De Neve’s group have evoked a great interest and vivid discussion in scientific circles, and were reported by most of online and printed media in the beginning of 2013.

Changes In Life And How We Cope With Them

Posted under Learning And Self-Development on Thursday 4 April 2013 at 9:48 am

Changes In LifeMany of us find the life to be very challenging and exciting . However, when we have to face changes in life, we very often feel stressed out and scared  a little. This is some kind of our human nature, and most of us tend to afraid of something new, even if new things bring some good change. Why is that so? Maybe we know that changes in life usually require us spending more efforts to regain something. Or we are just scared of the fact that something may go wrong.

We get use to coping with changes since our childhood, when our school or college life opens a lot of new interesting opportunities and prospects. Those include not only new environment, friends and subjects to master, but also a lot of new obligations and responsibilities. Besides, studying in college considerably increases academic, personal and social requirements, which continue escalating within the time of study. That is why every student experiences lots of different changes and individual developments when studying in college. Changes in life related to our education and academic life inlcude improvements of our self-organization, self-culture and learning skills. As students we learn, how to organize and to manage our time effectively, and how to schedule our daily activity, etc

Further changes in life bring to developing new social and communication skills of ours, the necessity to improve are skills in listening and understanding other people. We learn how to handle stresses and fight against different negative psychological aspects present in our working or personal environment. Very frequently we feel exhausted and pressed with various problems, starting from hard work and ending with a possible lack of success in our private life. In many young people, depression is caused by some confusions and misunderstandings of the period of adolescence, financial or other problems. Depression proved to be the main factor, which greatly affected abilities to succeed and develop a good career.

Thus, it is crucial to learn, how to fight bad thoughts, hopelessness and despair. As we learn more and more about this world, see other people handling things and fighting against the similar problems, we experience some psychological transformations in our mind and started looking positively at this world. In such situations, friendship and mutual support of the friend help to learn, how to be understanding and tolerant. Being close with other people is a unique and very effective remedy for many problems of modern people, but, unfortunately, in our times people feel more and more separated from each other as we spend our time watching TV or playing virtual games rather than spending time with our friends.

Other significant changes in life include developing many special skills which can help us be successful in our social life. Those go way beyond a simple ability to socialize.  We must learn how to control own behavior, to obey social rules and to find own place among the people around us. It is essential to learn how to become more independent, more resistive, stronger, wiser, as well as to be fit and to follow healthy lifestyle. Life is a very interesting and amazing journey we need to go through from the beginning till the very end, and learning to feel great in it and know to to cope with changes in life is one of the essential skills for every one of us. Only those who do not afraid of changes and always open their faces to something new feel total control of their life, feel like they keep their life in their hand, and feel great on their way to success.

The Benefits And Advantages Of Cooperative Learning

Posted under Learning And Self-Development on Wednesday 20 March 2013 at 12:06 am

Cooperative LearningRead more about cooperative learning here and here.

There are plenty of benefits of using cooperative learning at workplace. As a rule cooperative learning makes learners be better organized, it improves discipline, behavior and attendance. It also influences comprehension, mutual understanding, social and educational orientation of the students, and usually cooperative learning is effective for advancing in thinking and creative activity. It is incredibly helpful for developing positive climate in the workrooms, and also cooperative learning is a very important instrument to improve ethnic and racial relations between the workers of the same group. Finally, strategy of cooperative learning is relatively easy to be implemented and does not require expenses.

But there are also some negative and controversial points related with putting into action of cooperative learning concept in business organizations. First of all, teachers are facing big problems with motivation and will of learners to work together. It can be especially effective for the kind of learning groups which have too different students, with very few common interests and viewpoints to share. Besides, many adult people may not recognize own responsibility and importance of teamwork, they may simply deny it thinking that they are good enough to study on their own, without help and support of their fellow workers.

Strategy of cooperative learning can be more effective for the managers of higher levels, but there also some obstacles. Many such employees are unsocial and have problems with opening their minds to collaboration and teamwork. Many high level managers are afraid of failures and losing their social position on front of other managers, so they may resist cooperative learning and try to work individually. Some high level learners do not like to be dependent on other teammates, especially if there are differences in level of academic achievements between them. Finally, teachers and instructors may not be enough prepared and experienced for successful implementation of cooperative learning strategy, they may not be able to control group tendencies and behavior.

That is why it is essential for effective use of cooperative learning concept in business organization and at workplace, first of all, to have qualified and experienced teaching personnel, who will manage to do their job excellent and with maximum efforts, to carry out the program successfully, to control teams’ interaction and behavior and keep it on proper level. Students must understand the benefits of collaborative education and accept this strategy as very effective and useful for their academic achievements and advancement.

Moreover, cooperative learning can be successfully used at any academic level: from elementary school to colleges, universities and business organizations. There are some examples of particular cooperative learning programs, which were developed and launched by teaching specialists of the USA. Team Accelerated Instruction (TAI) in Mathematic is a strategy for primary school children, which applies cooperative learning for improving knowledge in math and algebra. Cooperative Integrated Reading and Composition is a concept, directed on developing of reading and writing skills of young students; it integrates the newest results of practical researches on the filed of cooperative learning.

There are a lot of cooperative learning programs, which were created for students of higher educational levels. One of the most known and popular is Roundtable, when a group of students discusses the problem together and everybody expresses the ideas or opinions in turn. The other method is Brainstorm, when a team combines the ideas of every member in order to come out with a new advanced solution. Such techniques as Focused Listening and Structured Problem Solving are the modifications of Brainstorm: they also mean generating all the ideas into one final outcome. There are a number of other concepts of cooperative learning, like Group Roles, Collaborative Annotations, Team Expectations, Value Line, Double Entry Journal, Send-A-Problem, etc, which are being used in schools and universities of the USA.

Cooperative learning is a brilliant opportunity for students of any academic level to improve some essential social life-skills and to develop the ability to work collaboratively. Numerous benefits and positive effects, which collaborative teamwork provides on the majority of important outcomes, make cooperative learning one of the most effective and valuable instruments of modern educational process.

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