Leadership & Cognition: A Cup of Thought (Capacity)
By: Brent Stackhouse, MBA
Consultancy Firm Manager
AB, International Relations, William & Mary
MBA, Management, Troy University
The Stackhouse Agency, LLC
December 4, 2015
A leader is able to function in slightly changing roles of a particular position within an organization. The capacity of a leader is one of the most significant aspects of impact and influence. The leader provides a distinctive image for others - even while the influence of the leader is able to sustain those in a particular setting. Cognition allows thought to be utilized strategically. Cognition allows learning to continue in the areas of need clearly known and provides access to retained knowledge when opportunities for growth are accepted. While some individuals could be effective leaders, the desire for a certain level of responsibility may be absent and consequently, effective leadership lacking. Others have not taken the time or been willing to allow for a meaningful level of leadership capacity.
The motif, “A Cup of Thought” displays a desire for acquisition, the ability to retain, and the ability to impact. Thought may not seem to parallel acquisitiveness for some people. Thought seems to be vague. Thought seems to-just happen. Yet, cognition allows the leader to take decisive action. Many leaders have discovered and used the tool of a strong, connecting image from an earlier experience to allow their leadership capacity to continue. A powerful connection with people and a strong purpose are frequently connected with the ability to impact.
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