Some may say that great leaders are born. While there are some born leaders, I believe that most leader gain their skills through extensive practice. This is the road that has been given to me. I believe that effective leadership is much more than simply giving assignments and direction. It requires communicating a vision, collaboration, planning and practice; these skills, takes time and lots of hard work to become an effective leader. I have been in a lengthy preparation concerning this serious commitment to polishing my leadership skills and styles. In addition, I believe a good leader excels in some areas, but also understand his or her limitation. This is also a necessary attribute that I have come to understand about my leadership skill. I believe that through this lengthy preparation it has shaped me into an effective leader that I am today.
Being involved in everything I do, my leadership skills have developed naturally through experience. I can think creatively and critically and offer advice to others. Through past mistakes and other’s opinions, I have learned to make my failures into successes. Through many organizations and extracurriculars, I have gained many perspectives on various topics. For instance, at BAE Systems, I take part in hands-on learning with other students who are as dedicated as me. This allows me to learn new perspectives in a cooperative environment. We constantly communicate with each other, sharing our ideas on how to solve the task at hand.
Teams exist because of the productivity of the whole team is greater than that which can be achieved by the individual contributions of its members. Establishing the team’s purpose, its role and responsibilities is key to achieving the development of a real team as everyone identifies their purpose within the group known and each individual becomes accountable for their contribution to the productivity of the team. Team members usually have complementary skills that the team leverage, creating synergy by maximising an individual’s strengths and minimising the impact of weakness.
I served the Davis and Sacramento communities as a member of the largest non-profit service club organization in the world, Lions Club International, through participation and planning of over 30 service events and projects targeted towards increasing community health and education, reducing hunger and poverty, and improving the environment. I was one of the first members of the club and helped grow membership by 500%. I was elected Treasurer in my second year of membership. As treasurer I produced budgets, managed club finances and maintained detailed inventory reports. I also acted as committee head for 4 service events where I lead a group of members to plan and run the
“I will continue to develop and improve my leadership abilities by utilizing the skills I have developed throughout my journey towards the accomplishment of the Leadership
As a future leader, I strive to inspire those around me with. Not only will I constantly seek to challenge myself and develop as a leader, I will support and drive others to do the same. I aim to lead because achieving dreams with the help of other people requires leadership skills in order to get them behind you. I will build and define a mission for my team while clearly and concisely communicating objectives required to succeed. I strive to help my followers find the best in themselves because I believe all good leaders should always build up their team with strength and encouragement. There may be obstacles along the way, but as a leader I will find ways to move forward with our projects when these problems occur, while always taking responsibly for team downfalls. As a successful leader, my internal strength will shine through with the support of my followers. In order to maintain the trust of my followers, I will always be a model of the behaviors I wish to see in my followers. “Leaders do what they require of others.” (Johns & Moser, 1989, p. 120).
I have learned that while I am strong in some leadership areas, I am also weak in other areas. Prior to this course, I looked for my approach or style of leadership through other individuals. Essentially, I tried to model or shape my behavior and viewpoint by looking to others. Now, I see that is a critical mistake as I must discover my own unique style of leadership, not someone else’s – this is about being authentic and true to myself. It all makes sense now as I never could get it right before – felt like I was acting and being fake (and I was). This has given me a renewed sense of confidence in my leadership potential. I strongly believe that with hard work and commitment, I can be a great leader.
Johns Hopkins University was founded in 1876 and is a private research university in Baltimore, Maryland. Named after the first benefactor and philanthropist Johns Hopkins. Daniel Coit Gilman was the president on February 22, 1876, who led the university to the revolutionize higher education in the U.S. by integrating teaching and research. Johns Hopkins University is considered to be the first research university in the United States. Johns Hopkins has 10 divisions connected to the university in Maryland and Washington D.C. with international centers in Italy, Singapore, and China.
Kouzes and Posner support an approach to leadership that is practical and workable on a day-to-day basis. For these authors, becoming a leader requires a commitment to five fundamental guiding practices: 1) challenging the process, 2) inspiring a shared vision, 3) enabling others to act, 4) modeling the way, and 5) encouraging the heart. These five themes of leadership - honesty, forward-looking, inspiring, competent, and credible are traits to be admired and followed. They are qualities that we, can strengthen in ourselves as we work with our colleagues to accept the challenges of leadership. Because to be a leader, one has to believe in oneself, but with reasonable doubt and humility. One has to have a zeal for the role and genuinely care
With the long-term goal of becoming a transformational leader, it is often useful to consider one's strengths and weak nesses across four dimensions. These include personal and professional accountability, career planning, personal journey disciplines and reflect practice reference behaviors and tenets. The intent of this analysis is to evaluate my strengths and weaknesses in each of these four areas. In addition, a discussion will be completed on how current leadership skill sets will be used for advocating change in my workplace. The conclusion of the paper will concentrate on one personal goal for leadership growth, including an implementation plan leading to its fulfillment.
The sum of education, experiences, and observations lays a foundation upon which I will grow to become a good leader. In this plan, I will focused on those aspects of leadership that I believe are most required for personal development as well as those which will be so significant for my future leadership career. I have identified three goals which will guide me in the development process. My goals are to develop my integrity, listening skills and communications skills. I assume that this plan will change and be altered as required by life circumstances.
Team work can be defined as the process of working with a group of people in a cooperative way in purpose to accomplish particular goals. ( Neck,1998).Team work often permits an individual to work together with team members by using individual skills as well as providing beneficial feedback in purpose for improvement and avoid conflicts between group members. As I worked in a group, I had an opportunity to clarify my strength and weakness
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