My last Semester at Utah Valley University is coming to an end. While wrapping up I can reflect on what I’ve learned and one of the main topic of two of my classes is which kind of leader we want to become. There are two points that I’ve thought of as a conclusion.
First, I think that we all have talents that set us apart from others. The role of leadership can be learned and developed but some will be more suited for it. It depends on how badly we want to be in that position. Of course, we can all lead our life, but not all of us can lead the life of others. It’s a big responsibility and only through real love for service and for others would make that person exceptional. Throughout my life, I’ve seen people striving for leadership because of their love for power, pride and control.
When I found myself as a candidate for a leadership opportunity, I’ve learned to stop and analyze the environment. At this point in my life, I prefer to step away when the atmosphere is filled with negative feelings or non uplifting actions.
The second point that I took away as a conclusion, is that it is very important for those with power to give equal opportunity and take the time to observe behaviors. Growing up, one of my favorite fables, was the want by Aesop called the Mice in Council. There was a dangerous cat that trapped and killed the mice. During a council, the mice were giving ideas of how to put a bell the cat’s neck on his sleep. Everybody had an idea, everyone knew how to do it, but at the end of the day, no one wanted to take action. The kind of leadership that I am, is the one that listen, analyzes the situation, and without hesitating or wasting time on a long bureaucratic step system, takes action and gets the job done. Leading by example, welcoming everyone, from the ones that open and constantly express their opinion, to the ones that sit quietly in a corner.
Leadership is linked to morals and it’s not something that can be earned in a couple of weeks. Finding out who we are and what is our philosophy of life, are the first steps into a more complex court. Our daily life is the place where we can step up and make a difference.