Cydnie Anderson

My Personal Definition of Leadership

In the beginning of the semester, I was more of the quiet leader. I focused the most on leading by example. Back then, I don't think I was as strong of a leader as I am now. Leading by example is important, however, I think that my leadership style has gradually developed into being more of a vocal leader. Now, I will show that I'm a leader through my actions and through my words. In my opinion, the most powerful leaders are those who show their leadership and good character through their actions and words all of the time, not just some of the time.

The Legacy Builder

Clint told Lance in The Legacy Builder that 'simple' is one of the best things a person can be. A leader doesn't have to be complex--"Focus on the only two things you can really control. Your Attitude and your Effort". (The Legacy Builder, page 65) The most important thing is to focus on one important task at a time, without letting anything else interfere until you have reached your goal.

I really liked what Clint was saying there: a true leader isn't complicated or complex, they are simple. They get the job done the right way the first time; and I'm going to use what he was saying to remind myself in future tasks that if things aren't going my way, I can always control my attitude and effort no matter what, and still get the job done.

Greatest Accomplishments

One of my greatest accomplishments was being role model for younger kids.

I think that I personally impacted my 1st grade buddy, Isabella Webb, the most. Her and I worked together for about two weeks. I looked forward to seeing her and I think that she felt the same about me.

Because I knew I was a role model, I started to pay attention to how I was acting at school, at games, and in public; keeping in mind that people are watching me, and my character says a lot about my leadership style.

I also feel very accomplished with all of the projects and assignments I've completed this semester with my leadership class. I've read books created projects for them, our class created a skit all by ourselves, we made video projects with our elementary friends, and during some point of the class, we all had to stand up in front of administrators and teachers to present our projects.

Unexpected Situations

As a leadership class, Mrs. Wheatley knew that we would be able to handle some pretty big tasks that she gave us. One of the biggest projects that she gave us was coming up with a skit to show middle school-aged students the effects of bullying. This was a big project because we had to plan and organize it by ourselves.

Personally, I knew that I would be able to handle this project, and I thought it would be fun. I think that I took on a pretty big leadership role, by standing up in front of a whole grade level and administrators and presenting a PowerPoint presentation with Emily, that her and I created together. The bullying skit turned out great because of the leaders that stood up and took responsibility for their individual roles in the project.

Another unexpected situation that myself and other leaders in our class had to take on was standing up and presenting our class' accomplishments to the school board and other administraters at a school board meeting. We were all nervous at first, but we pushed through that and did a great job.

This Class and My Future

I believe that this class has greatly impacted my future because it has taught me valuable life lessons about being a leader. I now realize how much people really do look up to me, and it makes me want to be an amazing role model to younger kids. I want to continue to be a role model even after I graduate high school.

I've learned so much about leadership in just one semester, and I know that while I continue to grow as a person and learn new things, I will learn to become an even stronger leader. Hopefully, I can continue to impact the lives of people in various ways.

Leadership Application

I've learned many things about being a great leader, and I want to apply them in my life now and after high school.

One of the biggest things I've learned is that being a leader means you're a leader everywhere you go, not just when you think the most important people are watching.

This class has made me want to be a better person and role model. Because of this class, everyday I'm thinking about what I can do to make myself better, and I think that is exactly what a leader should do.

My Personal Mentor

Mrs. Wheatley has impacted me the most throughout this whole leadership class. She has been a great example to the whole class on how to act like a leader. She has helped me grow as a leader, and has shown me that the best leaders will demonstrate their good deeds, instead of announcing them. I've based all of my leadership ideas from her and her class, and I think it has really helped me grow as a person and well as a leader.

The Sacred Acre

One of my favorite quotes from the book, The Sacred Acre, is actually from a close friend of the Thomas family: "True toughness is doing what's right all the time..." (The Sacred Acre, page 11). This quote really relates to my personal leadership style because I think to be a true leader, you have to be consistent.

Another thing that I really connected with from The Sacred Acre is Ed Thomas' obsession with doing the little things right. In the book, they talked about how he would make sure his field was in pristine condition because he always said, "take care of the little things, and the big things will take care of themselves" (The Sacred Acre, page 13). I thought that was an amazing way to look at things, and I think that by doing the little things right with our friends at the elementary--like setting great examples and showing respect and hard work--they got something way bigger out of it than we realized.