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Managing with Alaka’i


Alaka’i means leading with initiative and with your good example. You will be a guide for others when you gain their trust and respect. It is the value of leadership. You are willing to shoulder the greater responsibility that comes with leading others. You continually seek to gain the trust and respect of those you lead. You have a strong belief in your own capacity and in the power of possibility. You are a confident optimist, filled with hope.

Leadership is about getting things done with and through others. Alaka’i is a value for everyone who finds him/herself in a position of guiding others. It is the value that challenges leaders to raise the bar on all the values to inspire your employees.

You can be the leader who encourages his/her staff to speak up and to speak freely. You can be the leader who expects action and execution with urgency. You can be the leader who is the successful change agent because you encourage your employees to take calculated risks, while welcoming their mistakes as sequential learning. You can be Alaka’i.


CITE: MANAGING WITH ALOHA: Bringing Hawaii’s Universal Values to the Art of Business by Rosa Say




Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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