What I Learned About Leadership

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The profound Mark Twain once said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” This quotation not only symbolizes the importance of courage and taking risks but it demonstrates the importance to being confidant in your abilities and taking on leadership roles. The past three months of studying the ‘Interdisciplinary approach to Leadership’ has opened up my eyes and given me an entire new perspective on what leadership is. One of the first things we learned about leadership was that it is so complex that there cannot simply be one way to define it. Leadership can mean something different to every single person in its own way. That is what I love about leadership. I find it beautiful, like a stain glass window; everyone has his or her own interpretation. Some people can see it in all its beautiful glory, whereas others may see other negative aspects. All in all leadership has many sub categories and when viewed by the right person with the right mindset, you are left with something truly benevolent. Leadership is bold, motivational, and extremely broad. Some people acquire leadership skills through experience and trial and error, whereas others are what are known to be “born leaders”. Northouse (2013) states “The trait perspective suggests that certain individuals have special innate
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