Who is a leader
Who is a leader? A leader is a person who guides or commands a group, organization, or country. Leadership comes from personal or positional power, and there are several styles of leadership. There are certain traits that are attributed to good leaders. All good leaders inspire a vision among their followers and set an example for their followers to follow. Their main skill is making people around them work hard, not because they are told to, but because they want to. Motivation and communication are key skills required to be a good leader.
Am I a leader? I genuinely believe I have the characteristics of a good leader. I have integrity to my personal beliefs and philosophy, I always put my best in everything I do, I am generally patient, I am a team player and aware of how my actions affect the people around me and I really celebrate success in a very enthusiastic way. I believe these traits can make me a good leader in some capacity. However, I am not perfect and lack certain traits of a good leader. I must admit that I am not an assertive person and my communication skills needs to be improved upon.
Growing up in Nigeria, I was brought up to believe in myself and in what I could do. My family imparted in me confidence, Christianity to believe in God and believe in myself that I can achieve my goals if I am honest and work hard in my works. I have several instances where I have displayed my leadership characters in different capacities. For model, during my employment at IO Furniture Limited, I was asked to lead a team of five furniture installers to deliver projects to the clients, where I had to display transformation leadership style to connect and inspire them to believe in the company goals and working according to company policies and procedures. Also, working as student worker at Watterson dinning commons requires that I collaborate with colleagues and supervisors to achieve the goal and objects of the Events, dinning and hospitality department of Illinois state university.
Nevertheless, the acknowledgement of my weakness is the first step in repairing my loss. I must admit that I am not an assertive person because I believe respect is earned and not demanded. I am aware that this short coming might affect me in certain leadership roles that require autocratic leadership style to get the best of out of a group. In addition, it is essential for a leader to be able to communicate effectively with everyone on the team, providing them with all of the relevant information that is needed to excel in the the tasks that they have been assigned. Great leaders are able to communicate in a way that others can easily understand and remember, using storytelling to pass information can be an effective tool in achieving this. This are the qualities I would need to improve upon to reach my long term and short term leadership goals.
In conclusion, many people believe that good leaders are born with those attributes and the skills they have cannot be taught to others. This is simply not true, learning about theories and models, face-to-face training and experience can be combined to develop a strong leader, regardless of their natural abilities. There are a variety of different approaches to leadership, to become a more effective leader, each person must analyse his own leadership style and determine the scope of his leadership zone. Leadership models and styles are simply guidelines for how we should think about developing our personal leadership skill-set.