Week 5 Session One Assignment One

What emotions do you expect you would feel ?

(Marked in bold)

  • Happy and proud to have the favor of your host father
  • Sympathy for your host father’s son who doesn’t enjoy as much favor
  • Eagerness to make new friends in your host country
  • Shyness of apprehension about meeting new friends
  • Eagerness to please your new friends and win them over to your side
  • Anxiousness about not being as good at things as your new friends and therefore not fitting in (e.g., athletic contests)
  • Embarrassment at the thought of having to try foods you may not like or wear clothes that don’t seem your style
  • Shame at casting off your home culture/country in exchange for trying to assimilate a new one
  • Self-pity that you do not deserve such a lot in life
  • Other emotion(s) (please explain):

I would feel all of these emotions beside self-pity. To whom much is given, much is to be expected. The opportunity that I would be provided with is amazing. That is not something everyone gets a chance to do. To be nervous or anxious is normal. To pity oneself for an opportunity to travel and meet new people where you are loved would be ungrateful.

It would be most difficult to manage apprehension about meeting my new friends, anxiousness about not being as good at things as my new friends and therefore not fitting in, and embarrassment about not fitting in with the culture. Typically, I am sociable and outgoing, however I am often in my head about what other people will think of me. I would be nervous about feeling like they were watching my every move. Like Cyrus, I feel uncomfortable with not being able to compete at the level of others. If I felt the new people I met were much better than me at something, I would have to practice in order to get better.

I think it would be most easy to manage being happy and proud to have the favor of my host father, the eagerness to make new friends, and shame about casting off my home culture. I have had some experience with this in coming to Howard. I was happy to gain the favor of professors and RAs that helped guide me as a freshman. That part was easy. I was also eager to meet new people and although that was difficult because I was afraid of being judged, I was still excited about meeting new folks. People often told me I was “too California, or LA like” and for awhile I cared, but then I started to adapt by picking up pieces of East Coast culture and blended it with my home culture. I did not completely lose who I was, I just became cultured in a different way.

. Circle how easy or difficult you believe you would find it to carry out each of the following responses (very difficult, difficult, neutral, easy, very easy):

Wear completely different clothes

very difficult difficult neutral easy very easy

Eat food that you don’t care for

very difficult difficult neutral easy very easy

Partake of drugs and alcohol that you know your parents would not approve of

very difficult difficult neutral easy very easy

Compete with people your own age who are already much better at the skills you are trying to master

very difficult difficult neutral easy very easy

Be at your best in spite of how the son of your host father will resent you

very difficult difficult neutral easy very easy

Form friendship networks between the father of your host family and the other people in the country

very difficult difficult neutral easy very easy

Put the interests of the citizens in your new country above your own

very difficult difficult neutral easy very easy

Make requests of the father of your host family, even if you think he might not approve

very difficult difficult neutral easy very easy

Risk offending your host family by declining to do something that they consider culturally acceptable but which you consider morally wrong

very difficult difficult neutral easy very easy

Week 5 Session One Assignment Two

To “lead globally” means to view the world from more than parochial perspective. It means encouraging and caring about people around the world whether it be through education, solving hunger, or being involved in politics. Leading globally implies that one is an inspiration at the highest level, someone that the world recognizes and respects.

The difference between a global leader and every other kind of leader is that global leaders have worldly influence.

My definition of global leadership is as follows: leadership that has an impact on the world; it involves leading people in a way that affects the way the world operates — this can be good or bad.

Wikipedia’s definition is as follows: Global Leadership is the interdisciplinary study of the key elements that future leaders in all realms of the personal experience should acquire to effectively familiarize themselves with the psychological, physiological, geographical, geopolitical, anthropological and sociological effects of globalization.

Our definitions differ because my definition did not involve study, it involved the act of leadership itself.

When I picture a global leader in my mind I picture a man. I think that’s because of what has been presented to me most often. However, in my personal life, I most often pick women to run things because I trust them more to do things the right way. In my experience, men tend to do things simply or out of pride. Women have been more compassionate and see the big picture. Although I picture a man, I would like to see more women in global leadership roles.

(From Xenophon’s Education of Cyrus) Relating to Step 3

“The boys go to school and spend their time in learning justice; and they say that they go there for this purpose, just as in our country they say that they go to learn to read and write. And their officers spend the greater part of the day in deciding cases for them. For, as a matter of course, boys also prefer charges against one another, just as men do, of theft, robbery, assault, cheating, slander, and other things that naturally come up; and when they discover any one committing any of these crimes, they punish him, and they punish also any one whom they find accusing another falsely. And they bring one another to trial also charged with an offense for which people hate one another most but go to law least, namely, that of ingratitude; and if they know that any one is able to return a favour and fails to do so, they punish him also severely. For they think that the ungrateful are likely to be most neglectful of their duty toward their gods, their parents, their country, and their friends; for it seems that shamelessness goes hand in hand with ingratitude; and it is that, we know, which leads the way to every moral wrong.

They teach the boys self-control also; and it greatly conduces to their learning self-control that they see their elders also living temperately day by day. And they teach them likewise to obey the officers.

The Persian traits listed in the passage above are necessary in being a global leader. The emphasis that the Persians put on justice is essential. A good global leader must understand what it means to be fair and just. Otherwise, he/she will fail to recognize the needs of others and will lack the ability to effectively govern. It is also essential for a global leader to hold people accountable, which I think goes hand in hand with justice. A global leader must also have self control. Often times, when people have power at their fingertips, they do not know how to control themselves, which is dangerous. A true Persian leader would not be dangerous in this way, but he/she would be able to lead without being power hungry and therefore destructive.

Week 5 Session Two Assignment One

In Media Cyrus learns how to ride horses and how to hunt. He also learns to indulge like the Medians do, but he still holds onto his upbringing by always sharing his resources with his friend. I do not think that these are necessarily global leadership traits. I think Cyrus’ ability to lead came directly from the lessons he learned in Persia about justice and self control. His education in Media was a cultural one where he got to understand how the other half lived, which did in part prepare him for leadership. It was not, however, the specific lessons that the Medians actually tried to teach him, which prepared him to lead.

I believe that Cyrus is easily able to overcome the fact that leaders may act foolishly if they are unable to regulate their emotional responses and behavior and the fact that leaders may be, or seem to be, overly indulgent in food or wine because of their prosperity. He is also well suited to overcome being publicly embarrassed and humiliated. His upbringing in Persia makes him prepared to abstain from intoxicating substances by exercising self control. His experiences in Media as the initial underdog makes him prepared to overcome embarrassment and humiliation because it is something he has already risen above.

Leadership Exercises

This week I attempted to seek mentorship by speaking up. Often times I am afraid to bother people. I try to avoid seeming like a suckup. At my internship this week I got up the courage to interview my director about her educational and work background. I had some specific questions listed out for her. While I was interviewing her, I found that I had more questions that stemmed from natural questions and it eventually just flowed like a normal conversation. She was actually glad to speak with me and give me advice. She also reassured me that I was doing well. This experience taught me the importance of learning other people’s stories, so that I might learn from their journeys and receive mentorship. I could not have done that without speaking up.

Junior PR Major, African American Studies Minor