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1 A Leadership Perspective of the Ripple Effect Ronald H
A Leadership Perspective of the Ripple Effect Ronald H. Bordelon James A. Gordon Joyce A. Parks Glenda A. Riley INDIANATECH Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne, Indiana (U.S.A.) Good evening. My name is James Gordon and the rest of our team members are Ron Bordelon, Joyce Parks and Glenda Riley. We are all PhD students from Indiana Institute of Technology located in Fort Wayne, IN of the United States. We decided to utilize what Vladimir Lenin was purported as saying “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen” ~Vladimir Lenin

2 The Ripple Effect A young fruit stand vendor by the name of Mohammad Bouzizi set the ripple effect into motion Protest, strikes and demonstrations are nothing new to the Arab World The uprisings in the Arab world are examples of electrified public opinion that gives new hope to the exploited and oppressed around the world, which is why this topic was selected. The uprising in Tunisia in late 2010 is the ripple that will be felt around the world for decades to come.

3 Role of Media Media changed the equation
Coordinators utilized social media Social media allowed events to go viral Distributed fliers to organize the protests Protests became international news Cellular devices allowed for instant information (Jacques, 2011) Jacques (2011) research showed that media changed the equation Others felt the same way Easier to organize groups

4 Factors Leading to Revolution
High levels of unemployment Widespread corruption Autocratic leadership Dignity and respect Protesters demonstrate against Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia, January 14, 2011.

5 Authoritative/Autocratic Leadership
Does not involve others Feels he/she is the most experienced Considers his/her views to be most valid Lacks confidence in others abilities Critical of differing opinions Rarely gives recognition Easily offended

6 Leadership to Resolve Crisis

7 Situational Leadership

8 Democratic Leadership
The democratic leadership style is perhaps the most popular style in the 21st century management arena (Oates, 2010). Cherry (n.d.) echoed it as the most effective leadership style because leaders offer guidance and allow input from followers.

9 Limitations of Situational Leadership Theory
Difficult to implement Change process may be very slow Undesirable negative behaviors are energized and further growth towards independence is suspended (Boggs, n.d.)

10 The reality is the world is changing. the Purposes of Leadership..
Recommendations The reality is the world is changing. There are Many Worlds within our One Planet, but the ripple effect is Remapping how we view the Purposes of Leadership.. “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen” ~Vladimir Lenin

11 Thank You Questions?

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