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1 To Understand Leadership We Must First Understand the Individual

2 1. The Physical – Flesh, blood and bones (body) ◦ Your physical wellbeing 2. The Spiritual – State of mind (soul) ◦ Your mental health 3. The Emotional – How you are feeling (will) 4. The Mental – Intellect (mind) ◦ Your knowledge base

3  Important to understand how complex the Individual Really is.  Must Concern Ourselves With the Whole Individual ◦ Physical, Mental, Emotional & Spiritual ◦ These should not be separated “A sound mind is a sound body”


5  We have much to learn but we can accept the following truths: 1.We are all different from one another 2.We are all different from day to day 3.We act and react differently in different environments 4.We are all a product of what we have inherited and what we have acquired  Inherited from our ancestors  Acquired from the environment


7  At birth ⇒Inherited  Key: How well this is developed ◦ Ex. Middle Class North America vs. Nomadic Herder in North Africa  It is estimated that only 10% -12% of our mental capacity is developed in a lifetime: 75% of this by age “6”

8 AptitudeHealth  The ability to do skills well ⇒Inherited  Ex. Carpentry finish work, athletes, artists, musicians – often never developed because it is not identified and coached/taught.  Partially inherited: addictive personalities, immune deficiencies, inherited diseases  Partially environmental: diet, life style;  Partially environmental: diet, life style; what you eat, drink, inhale

9  ⇒ Acquired  Within our power to change them  Others cannot change these but can influence us to change them: ◦ Parents, church, media, peers, school, etc...  I love living life I love living life I love living life

10  ⇒ Acquired - Often how our aptitudes show themselves can be changed or expanded upon all through life; ◦ Some become hobbies, ◦ Others can become a driving force in our lives

11 “You are the sum of your heredity and your environment” Environment – gained after birth Heredity – born with U=H+E Attitudes Interests Beliefs Knowledge Habits Health Mental Capacity Aptitudes

12 “The Human Animal Is A Wanting Animal”


14  The need to survive – basic animal instinct ◦ Air, Water, Food, Rest, Shelter  Until these needs are met, to a reasonable degree, other needs are usually not important or possible so therefore are not motivators

15  The need to feel secure  Protection against danger, threat and deprivation ◦ It is possible to have a life  The need for association  The Need To Be: ◦ Understood ◦ Respected ◦ Apart of something ◦ Accepted as you are  “Man is a Joiner” 2.Safety Needs 3.Social Needs

16  Relates to Self-Esteem: To understand and respect me  Need to… ◦ Achieve ◦ Have status ◦ Gain knowledge ◦ Feel recognized  Directly related to reputation ◦ The deserved respect of others  The need to realize ones own potential for continued self development  Ex. New knowledge & accomplishments  Discuss diagram on handout 4.Egoistical Needs 5.Self Fulfillment Needs

17 1. Human needs are organized in order of importance 2. Our needs are not necessarily of our choosing 3. We are often unable to identify our own needs – particularly higher level needs 4. A satisfied need is not a motivator 5. Our actions are prompted by a desire to satisfy our needs

18 7. In planning activities or programs where we expect enthusiastic action from people, it is important that we cater to needs which are not already met. We must recognize that satisfaction of higher level needs produces the highest degree of motivation

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