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Mutual Respect:  Respect is a non-negotiable requisite in developing functional platforms for communication and relationship building between individuals and groups.  Establishing a strong sense of respect comes with understanding the interests of individuals and/or groups—not necessarily focused so narrowly on the positions that people take.  Trust can only be earned through respect.  

Learner-Leader:  While leadership is held up as a premium for overcoming challenges and creating opportunities, many individuals/groups struggle with getting in the right frame of mind for it.  Leadership is not necessarily about leading people who need to be lead—this whole notion of the all knowing/able/charismatic leader is often referred to as the "cult of personality” which in absence of shared responsibility, substance, and integrity can and often do spell disaster.  Therefore the collaborative learning paradigm of leadership calls for leaders to share power, listen, and work hard to study the strategies for organizing the necessary information, resources, and efforts to achieving a number of critical goals as a group effort.   One of the best ways to gain the respect, trust, and cooperation of an individual/group is to acknowledge that the individuals including the leader must be willing to  set aside one’s ego to be the best "student” of the process.  

Power Sharing:  In order to succeed as individuals or as part of joint effort, power must be shared.  Power here is defined as the ability to exercise privilege which derives its strength from influence, responsibility, relationships, resources, and/or authority.  As easily as power is bestowed to individuals and/or groups, it can be taken away.  Lasting leadership requires the practice or culture that shares power/privilege, one which empowers the "timid.”  Individuals/organizations where power is not shared are impeding its ability to maximize its own potential, threatening its own chances to survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive environment.  

Initiative Taking:  In order to succeed as individuals as well as groups/organizations people must have the ability to quickly, yet thoughtfully initiate a process where a critical goal must be met for the good of the individual/organization/community.   When such practices as Power Sharing, Mutual Respect, and Learner-Leader are in place as part of the organizational/community culture, it often makes it much easier for individuals to make a significant contribution(s).  While this principle encourages individuals/groups to "step-up,” sometimes, exercising the ability to "step back” allowing others to contribute is just as important.  Therefore, one of the key mandates for all leaders should be to build the capacity of the team members to be prepared to take the initiative.  

Accountability:  Success can only be realized through  practice or culture that ensures quality and timely outcomes.  Such commitment first and foremost must start with the individual.  Therefore, group/organizational success depends heavily on this concept of accountability.   Moreover, building on the concept of Initiative Taking, an effective leader never assigns any tasks that she/he is not willing to do her/himself.  Accountability must be modeled through meeting one’s own responsibilities not just over-seeing or insisting on accountability of the group/organization.  

Self Determination:  The MAAP Program by design supports the process of individuals seeking personal and professional success to not just rely on the advice of the mentors or the mentoring network, rather,  she/he should decide and act on their own knowledge, analysis, and experience gained through a variety of sources.  While prescribed processes including but not limited to this mentoring platform may be helpful in providing potential to develop the necessary strategies to successfully navigate the layers of issues and challenges in one’s personal and professional path, ultimately, building on the concept of accountability, one must be ultimately responsible for shaping her/his own outcomes.

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