In my Leadership Reflection Three paper, I asserted that leadership is fundamentally a process. My defense was that leadership is a relationship, which is lived out over time, thus a process. However, now it is clear to me that leadership is not fundamentally a process, but rather a relationship. By analyzing my interviews with Daniel Del Nero, Mitchell White, and Billy Upchurch, I have concluded that the caliber and nature of a leader’s relationship with their followers is the crucial characteristic of leadership. Daniel Del Nero’s leadership is very admirable, and it is an honor to call him one of my best friends since fifth grade. He and I attended the same middle and high school together. We both did seven years of band together …show more content…
He described how the band director would say “Here is what you need to do” and Daniel did not have any freedom to explore other options. Daniel’s role was essentially to follow the director’s instructions. His dream and motivation for being drum major was to get people to enjoy band. He described his freshman year as being a time “surrounded by negative attitudes about why we were out on the field”. He sought to change band into an experience that people would enjoy and ultimately thrive in. However, this clashed with the director’s goal: to be a competitive band on the state level. Daniel frequently felt stuck between wanting to make band fun and having to follow the director’s harsh restrictions. When describing his experiences with emergent leadership, he said that he only feels comfortable stepping forward as the leader if he has ample technical skill in that area. If he feels he is under-qualified, he will stay back. Likewise, he will try to assert himself over the emerging leader if he feels that his more skilled than the leader. As a follower, he wants a leader who is a healthy balance of both directive and supportive; he gets frustrated when a leader is too polarized to one extreme. He values technical and people skills equally. If a leader is severely lacking in one or both of these skills, then in Daniel’s opinion, they are unfit to lead. According to Northouse (2016), “problem-solving skills, social judgment skills, and knowledge are at the
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Through music, many paths are able to come together. Although we come from different backgrounds, we are able to bond over the wonderful gift of music. The connection we have through music makes participating in the band program the most meaningful activity for me. The band program opened up my horizon and made me feel like I finally belonged somewhere. The diversity of the people in the program taught me how to be versatile. The age range amongst the members vary in which in one moment you have to respect and listen to who is in charge, then the next moment your peers are waiting for your orders. Learning to respect and handle being respected is an important lesson I am still learning. The position of power is something that should not go
Being involved in several activities at Skutt Catholic aspire and motivate me to reach and strife for success and accomplishment. A prime example of my accomplishments are shown in the band program. My commitment and passion for band goes deep within the band program. I strictly practice self discipline of constant repetition and long dedicated practices in order to receive superiors in districts and an alternate position in the Nebraska Allstate band my sophomore year. As a the drum major of the marching band I had to uphold several leadership skills that require essential attribute to the position. These essential attributes include excellent musical, marching, organizational, and communication skills, as well as a servant-leader attitude. Being the leader of the band demands that I become the best role model I can be for upperclassmen. For instance I am the first to arrive and leave at practices, I must always maintain a positive attitude at all times, and to humbly go the extra mile to serve the band. Another activity that symbolizes my character was football. Football was both a mental and physical struggle, but what truly motivated me to strap on the green and black helmet everyday was my deep respect for my loyal teammates and legacy of the football program built at Skutt Catholic. During
My senior year of high school, my high brass director left on an extremely short notice, leaving our band one director short for the whole marching season. I cannot begin to describe the trials that we encountered as a band, specifically the high brass family. Not having our “band dad” with us took an excruciating toll that set the high brass back and ultimately the whole band. As a senior, it was my job to step up and facilitate my section since we did not have anyone else to guide us. I did my absolute best to accommodate the younger members with ideal practices to improve their marching skills and playing techniques. During this challenging time, I attempted to take on the persona of a band director to motivate my section to work hard every
Sensabaugh my leadership capabilities I knew I had them I just had to show it. Junior year came around and I became a squad leader for the show TIME. It was a great honor to be a squad leader. I had my squadlings and I taught them the drill, I made them laugh, but I kept them in line. During that band camp I went to the press box to ask Mr. Sensabaugh a question about the drill. After answering he stated “you are doing a very good job out there Mr. Dulka” I felt proud of myself in that moment I felt like I showed him what I could do as a leader, but that wasn't where I was going to stop. My entire career I lived under Andy Planitz’s shadow he was the best trumpet in our grade and he got most of the recognition. This moment where I was told I did a good job really made me confident in my abilities. Senior year came around and I ran for the Band Council President position after weeks of awaiting a decision I got the job. I was the leader of the band I made many key decisions regarding band camp the the shirts. I took the position and the responsibility with great pride I was ready to lead the band. Band has helped me create a lot of friends my best friend Adam will now stick by my side through
With over 20 band seniors leaving high school this year a substantial amount of the band is moving on and leaving a gap to be filled in. As a rising junior at Bristol Central I recognize that successful upperclassmen transition from being a follower to a leader and I believe that it is my time to show that I will help lead the band in the same direction as prior effective band managers.
The Jeffery Graham Memorial Scholarship is a reward is given each year to honor the memory of a former peer and embodies the West Harrison High School Band. I distinctly remember when I first met Jeffery. It was the second day of band camp, I was sitting in the stands too timid and exasperated to talk to anyone. Jeffery was nearby talking to a group of people; he was very laid back, energetic, and had a smile on his face. After a while he took notice to the fact that I was sitting alone, he came over and introduced himself. Although I was initially shy in the new environment, his sense of humor and liveliness made me feel comfortable. Jeffery was one of my first friends in high school and I always enjoyed his company. Every time I came across Jeffery he was always cheerful and positive, after a while I began to long for charisma and drive like his. Hearing the news of Jeffery passing was devastating; it felt as if the entire band spent the whole year mourning.
Leadership perspectives are very important when making decisions and strategies. A leader that only sees information on one side does not have the grasp on a situation. A leadership perspective such as understanding that there are more than one way to see things and it does not have to be what you see is what you get as a leader. When a leader uses their surrounding and employees the perspective may change and rather than seeing one side they see a variety.
However, when the band expands, it becomes less of a micromanaging situation, and more of a situation where the people within their own band groups manage and themselves within the group (Chris. Personal Interview. 27 February, 2016). In addition, he described his love of athletes that becomes apart of the group. “Sometimes, when you have all music majors who are all working to get better , it becomes a competition, because the less people who are good, the more you shine. Yet, when athletes have worked with me in the past, they would always come in a little earlier, and leave a little later, and help everyone out around them. It is that team mentality that makes a band good, not just the drive to be the best out of all of the people in the group that makes the sound beautiful.” (Chris. Personal Interview. 27 February,
Throughout my life, I have been blessed to study with a multitude of outstanding teachers, and each one has influenced my life in countless ways. However, my band director, Mr. Jeff Neavor, is the most impactful educator I have had the privilege of working with. I initially joined the Morton High School band program in 2014 as an inexperienced member of the marching band. My first year of marching band presented many challenges, and the program’s high expectations forced me and my new classmates to work harder than ever before. Day after day, our band staff pushed us tirelessly through the heat and exhaustion to keep us striving towards our goals. Mr. Neavor, throughout the season’s highest and lowest points, was always a voice of motivation
If one has no leadership ability, one cannot be a leader. If one does not make what his or her followers consider the correct decisions to achieve their goals, no one will have faith in the leader's abilities and, consequently, no one will follow and without followers, there can be no leader. Another important criterion which one must have in order to be a leader is a person who leads a crowd in the direction where the goal can be accomplish as well as someone who acknowledges a problem and finds solutions to it.
What defines leadership? There are a number of definitions of the meaning of leadership including but not limited to the theories of leadership and how leadership should work. In my opinion, every individual has different ways of confronting situations and there is not one leadership style or theory that will be flawless for any given situation. However, to be a successful educational leader, it is crucial to understand and be familiar with the various theories and styles of leadership as well as our personal tendencies to nurture a personal leadership style. Despite the method used to confront a situation, it’s the outcome of success that will determine which leadership style or theory should be used. The following
Over the years, a great deal of time, and research has been dedicate to the study of leadership. Even with extensive data on the topic, many still disagree on what leadership really means. Hence, leadership is a word that has many different meanings and different researched theories associated with it. On a basic level, leadership involves having and establishing a clear vision, sharing that vision with followers, respecting followers, and leading an organization with excellence while ensuring that everyone is part of the team. Leadership is also a method by which a leader uses his or her influence towards getting a group of followers to take ownership or buy into a vision.
During the past ten weeks, I have strengthened my concept of what constitutes effective leadership. Importantly, it is a leadership style that maximises the contributions of followers to achieve the desired outcomes for the organisation they represent. As Nanjundeswaraswamy & Swamy (2014, p.57) explains, effective leaders need to balance the drive to achieve a task with managing relationships. Therefore, it is essential for good leadership to not only focus on the task but develop, motivate and empower team members to strive for the achievement of task goals.
Prior to attending the Business Internship course, my knowledge and understanding on successful business leaders was very limited. Although I had heard of countless success stories in business, I had never actually understood what it took to achieve such measures of success. However, it wasn’t until we had the privilege of hearing from four different business magnates in weeks 6 -9. Each of the business leaders gave an hour’s seminar and which was aimed at providing insights into their personal lives, working experiences and the core essence of 21st century business leadership.
In class, so far, we have discussed many different topics about leadership. One being different leadership theories. The one that I feel most represents the leader I want to be in the future is servant leadership. When we discussed servant leadership it was defined as this leadership model is based on the leader and the followers wanting to serve others. Basically, this means the servant leader you put your focus on the needs of others before your own. The followers goal is to serve clients and the leader’s goal is to serve the employee and implement the organization mission statement. The leader supports other employees by noticing their goals and provide the proper support to help them reach those goals. This