Leadership 11: Challenges

Good day. As leadership progresses, I am learning new ways and techniques to lead from the middle which will be very helpful in any group situation being school or cadets. Here are my answers to some challenge questions.

1) I deal tension best by taking a moment to myself and reflect on what happened. Once I run through what has happened, what caused it, and what I could do it fix it, I come back to the situation and release the tension before. I might also take the time to discuss the tension with somebody who I believe knows the best solution to get rid of the tension.

2) When I find myself following an ineffective leader, I should do everything in my power to help the leader without offending him/her or taking their position. It wouldn’t be my time to lead, but as a person with valuable skills, I could assist the leader to make him/her a better leader. Additionally, I also could see myself being a leader from the teams opinion, or a “the people’s leader” which could represent the team in a more relatable matter.

3) There are a variety of “hats” I need to wear. In school, I need to wear a hat that is mature, respectful, and eager to learn. i need to be focused on all my school subjects and pay attention. In cadets, I need to be a leader, a fixed point, and someone the cadets can come up to when they need help with cadet or personal matter. Outside of school with my friends, I wear a hat that’s funny, caring, and thoughtful. With my friends and peers, I am an outgoing person who likes to have fun. I like to have an adventure and live on the more dangerous side.

4) I tend to focus more energy on promotion rather than production. I see myself leading a team with enthusiasm rather than working for a leader. Not to say I can’t do the other, I tend to focus on promotion however. I believe I do a better job of promoting than because I can have more fun promoting rather than producing.

5) I will contribute to my committee’s success by not only adding my own opinions and suggestions, but by assisting anyone who needs help with their part of the committee. I might not be a leader in my committee, but that shouldn’t stop me from being a good teammate. I will do my best to help younger grades from my previous experiences. If given the opportunity to lead however, I will constantly overwatch my committee and help when help is needed. I won’t be someone who is always mean and nagging, but I will get tasks done with the right amount of trust and respect from my committee.

6) I would rather see others fulfill their own visions because it is more important to be a good teammate than a great soloist.There are many opportunities where I can see my own vision come true and be fulfilled, so I should take the time to help others fulfill their dreams. It might not be what I originally wanted, and I might get frustrated at time, the end goal is to make my teammates happy and be part of their happiness.

7) I constantly let the people in my team know that I care about them by being an overall good person. I constantly ask if people are doing good, and asking how their days were, and making sure everything is alright. I always remember what they tell me, so when I see them again, I can ask questions regarding our conversations before. I also ask if they need help and offer to assist them with anything they need. I show them respect, trust, and kindness to let them know that I am always caring about them and my team.

Leadership 11: Myths

Hello, down below are some debunked myths about leadership. Please enjoy.

1) Being in school for many years, I have learned a variety of skills through my peers. One of the most recent things I’ve learned from my peer is how to be more outgoing. When making friends and going to a new school, it is important to not be shy and step outside your comfort zone, which will lead to new experiences.

2) leadership can be learned though a variety of ways, and the way I learn leadership is by cadets. With so many opportunities to lead, cadets has taught me to become a better leader. For example, in cadets there are times where I will need to teach a lesson, or lead a small group of young cadets. These are all leadership opportunities I am learning from. There are also school opportunities where I can lead my peers.

3) The key things that prompts me to follow someone else is someone who does what they preaches and someone who cares for their team. If someone is consistent with the way they lead and does whatever they tell others to do, I would follow that person because I know there are a variety of ways to lead, but good leaders always does what he believes in. And if someone is putting him/herself before the team, that leader has the heart and integrity to be a leader.

4) What prompts me to consider another person’s opinion is when that person explains his idea thoroughly. When a person has an idea or opinion, he/she should explain his/her reasoning and “argue” why we should consider the idea or opinion. I might not see the situation from the person’s point of view, but if he/she argument makes sense to me, I would consider their opinion.

5) I agree that when you move up in an organization, the weight of your responsibility increases because you have yourself and a team to watch out for. When a leader, you must over watch your team and make sure everything is running. However, you need to keep in mind that you still have a job to finish and you need to find a balance between helping your team and yourself.

6) I believe that I am capable of achieving anything if I put myself into it 100%. If I set myself to be a good leader and took the time to develop myself, I can be a good leader. I personally believe that there isn’t such a thing of reaching your full potential because you can always develop yourself to be a better person. However, reaching my potential would be leading other people in any situation, yet letting other people ave an opportunity to show their leadership skills.

7) Although most people will never be the CEO, they should take leadership opportunities when appropriate. That does not mean that they should tell everyone what to do when they’re not on the top, because this may come off as rude. But when there are opportunities to lead, people should take the chance of improving him/herself. And once these people have taken the opportunity and have had positive results, others will see them to be more of a leader.