Growing up, I always knew the importance of loving others as yourself and being kindhearted; however it was not until the course the I learned that these are also the qualities of an exemplary leader; specifically that you can lead others without being hard, strict, and callous. Therefore, this course has not only taught me the true definition of a leader, but also the qualities, traits, and attributes that I should embody to be a great Christian leader. Referring back to the introductory blog, my views are basically the same and have not changed. However, my knowledge and understanding of how to develop into a great leader has greatly expanded. I feel that I had the foundation of what a great leader was prior to this course, however, after completing this course and interviewing an exceptional leader; I have the tools necessary to build upon the
A leader takes diligent time in considering the ability to adhere to other people’s interests and presents their followers with a positive mindset. This summer, I accepted an invitation to participate in the Dale Carnegie Young Adult Leadership Program. Attendees of this program learned several skills that can be applied to future experiences, especially on how to become an effective leader. Everyday, the attendees acted as leaders by accomplishing various tasks that forced them to reach out of their comfort zones. We acted as leaders by leading group
A true leader stands high on on the pillars of success: dedication, servitude, respectability, and honesty. The mark of a fulfilled life is not one who has collected many awards, not one who has an insurmountable amount of money and fame, it is one who has touched the most souls in his journey of life. A leader destined for greatness will touch many people along their journey to the top. In my short years on this Earth I have made it my mission from the start to leave a lasting impact on everyone I come in contact with and as a student of Howard University I will continue my mission without fault. From birth my parents noticed I had an insatiable thirst for knowledge, a heart of gold and an unconquerable ability to lead. In the 5th grade I was awarded the
I was able to pull many leadership ideas that are applicable in both my military and civilian careers as a National Guardsman. The easiest thing to boil down in the book are the traits people wish to see in leaders, the Be. In research reported by The Leadership Challenge surveying thousands of people in business and government, four results are remarkably consistent- honest, competent, forward-looking, and Inspiring (Hesselbein 48). These are attributes that have become instrumental in identifying successful leadership and should be used as my basis. Within these traits lay four skills that every leader must acquire knowledge and mastery of; Interpersonal, Conceptual, Technical and Tactical skills. The Know. What is profoundly interesting is the authors description of civilian tactical skills "involving negotiating, human relations, and the like are often necessary to achieve objectives" (Hesselbein 52). Being able to effectively and strategically utilize key units (both in and out of the military) to achieve success falls under such tactical skills. The last portion of effective leadership I'll take with me is, Do. The biggest thing to takeaway here is that successful leaders act in three ways: "they pull together in teams…with a unified purpose, they execute to achieve results, and they lead change to leave the organization stronger than they found it" (Hesselbein 55). With emphasis on the latter part, a successful leader leaves the organization in greater health than originally
For the entirety of my high school career, I have been a student in the Leadership Center for the Sciences and Engineering (LCSE) held at Norview High School. Being enrolled in this specialty program has strengthened and pushed me academically, as a leader, with public speaking, and as a service worker. Specifically, LCSE has developed my leadership skills and allowed me to become a more service-oriented leader. In the first year of the program, students take Leadership Foundations where the basics of leadership and the history of great leaders are taught. Then, in Advanced Leadership students model leadership skills by hosting holiday gatherings, being counselors for the LCSE Summer Orientation Camp, and completing 200 volunteering hours.
Throughout high school, I participated in many leadership activities. I served as the president of the National Homeschool Honor Society, which involved organizing meetings community service projects. I taught a class of twenty preschoolers at my church for two years. Even simply hosting Bible studies has involved a lot of planning and leadership. All of these opportunities have shown me that a good leader not only instructs people on what to do, but they also listen to the people they are leading. A good leader needs equal amounts of passion, patience, confidence, and integrity.
Leadership is a privilege that carries with it many responsibilities to inspire others, and to direct individuals to attain the vision and goals of an organization. As an effective leader it is my job to be flexible, be an excellent communicator, be a person who leads by example, and is
Coming to Wartburg I had an idea of what a leader looks like and who I thought I was as a leader. I also had an idea of where I wanted to go with all that. Now, going through this course I have learned and solidified that a leader is a person, any person, who acts in such a way that influences themselves and others around them to reach a common goal. I’ve learned that there is a difference between a good leader and an effective leader. I believe that I have not changed my definition but strengthened it and created a deeper more descriptive and detailed definition. Going through this course has helped me identify the different skills specifically that go along with leading.
“Leaders don 't create followers, they create more leaders,” Tom Peter famously proclaimed. As the principal of Crestview Elementary, I have always taken this quote to heart by continuous striving to empower my faculty and staff. Most recently, I have decided to train my assistant principal, Kathy Robinson, who was appointed to her position this summer after ten years as a classroom teacher. I quickly recognized that she possessed many of the qualities that make great leaders. Kathy is an excellent communicator, a great problem solver, innovative, very personable, and cares about the students and staff (Sheninger, 2011). Therefore, I have decided to mentor her and hone her skills so that she will be prepared for a transition to the role of principal.
Sunday afternoons, I had the responsibility of overseeing junior babysitters and the children while parents in the neighborhood held a local bible study. Unlike my prior experiences, I had to set an example for both younger leaders and the children, challenging me to examine how I led and taught the other leaders. The lessons and wisdom I gained also translated into my other activities. My interaction with young teenagers and small kids yielded an understanding that assisted me when I led my band’s trumpet section. The patience and communication skills I developed gives me a consistent advantage as a leader at school and in the community.
A wise woman once said “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” These wise words were stated by the 32nd U.S. First Lady and civil rights activist, Eleanor Roosevelt. This quote has shaped the leader I am today and inspired my leadership philosophy. I believe a leader should always lead in a way that inspires others to be greater. As an older sister, I aspire for my sister to have confidence in me but also in themselves. This also applies to any leadership opportunity. I also believe that a great leader must also be a great follower. This has proven essential in my life and strengthened my leadership skills. My time as a follower has made me the leader
Some believe that leaders are born into this world, that hidden somewhere in their lineage is some secret gene or segment of DNA which gifts them with all the traits and qualities of the leaders before them. Some, on the other hand, surmise that leadership is something instilled at a young age. That you are either raised into a leader, or you are not. However, I consider leadership to be achievable for anybody. The leader in my life which I hope to emulate is my grandfather, Boyd Brummett. Growing up, he would always tell me that there are two types of people in this world, leaders and followers. He is not the first to say this, but he is one of the best examples of a principled leader that one can find. The traits that I have always respected in my grandfather and hope to emulate are his tenacity, his humility, and his constant drive to improve himself.
Over the years, I have worn many educator hats such as a Director of Resource, classroom teacher, Head Start teacher, special’s teacher, and as a teacher’s aide. My leadership experiences have not been ones in an administrative role, but I have had leadership experiences both informal and formal in nature. My years as a professional educator with a Virginia Collegiate Professional license has allowed me to teach in public settings as well as Catholic schools, at many different grade levels and for me, all of those experiences have influenced my leadership skills.
Great leadership is important to me to inspire potential and give confidence to others not just by being a voice but by sharing my story with them. I love participating in the organization Strong Women Girls as a college mentor to pre-adolescent girls in underserved local communities near campus. I see a lot of myself in these young girls, and meeting a few of them and seeing how bright and intelligent they are shows me that all they need is someone to push them and give them that positive mindset for them to reach their goals in life. As a student ambassador for the Catholic Relief Service organization, I am able to provide humanitarian aid and promote campaigns to let people become aware of the tragic things happening in this world. Recently,
Introduction Throughout my life there have been many leaders, some beneficial and some deficient, from which I have drawn lessons in my overall leadership development. Leadership values have been gleaned with respect to professional aspects and general life teachings. As I was contemplating leaders, one person came to mind as