What I Have Learned of Leadership

1198 WordsFeb 4, 20185 Pages
It is hard to quantify what I have learned in the semester of Leadership because the courses focus was not about memorizing data, but rather learning about having the will to lead and finding the courage to make it happen. A majority of the information I learned from this course came from learning about myself. Through readings, course activities, and various projects, I learned what makes a great leader, but more importantly what traits I possess that will make me a great leader. In order to be a great leader, one must have an understanding of what leadership is. Leadership is a social influence (Stogdill, p. 25). It means leaving a mark. It is initiating and guiding, and the result is change. Leading is the result of your passion coming to life. The readings for the course complimented the activities that were done in class. Many of the overarching themes of the course pertained to finding your own passion in life. You can only be a great leader if you are passionate about the cause that you are leading. The Harvard Business Press published an article by Stewart D. Friedman labeled, Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life. The article’s aim is to clarify what is important in one’s life. One of the ways in which this is accomplished is by describing your hero or someone you admire (Friedman, p. 478). For my Will to Lead paper I discussed how my grandfather was my hero and somebody that I greatly respect. I have always loved learning, but never thought
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