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My Leader & Mentor-Major M. Richards
The leader that I chose to describe is someone that I work for and who I believe is one of the greatest leaders that I've had the opportunity to work with. She is a Major in the United States Air Force and I would follow her into any battlefield because I know that whatever decision she makes is going to be what's best for those in her command. We study leadership a lot in the military and her leadership style is that of a Transformational Leader which is the leadership style that we all try to strive to be like in the military. She holds us all to a high standard, expects excellence and knows what our strengths and weakness are and encourages us to use those to our advantage to become better leader ourselves.
When presented with opportunities to lead I always think of what she would do or say to encourage me. I think it's important to know those that I lead personally and professionally...what are their goals and how can I help them achieve them. I also think it's important to identify any weakness and to help those around me to be better. Everyone can improve and it's always good to have someone there that continues to encourage others to push beyond what they think their limits are to be excellent.
A Great Leader
My dream is to build a day care facility/preschool. I love little kids and really love to see them learn as they explore the world around them. Being in a military family, I've seen families struggle to find quality child care facilities that they are comfortable leaving their children in. The military doesn't care if you just moved in town two days ago...you have to go to work (even if you have 4 kids that need child care) It can be a big burden on a family. I want to build my facility near a military installation in the hopes of helping families feel comfortable leaving their children in my care. I've had this dream for about 5 years now and can literally see what its going to look like in my head. Hopefully my Masters degree will give me a more in depth understanding of what is required to provide great education to children no matter their age.
I also recently started to inquire about opening a Kumon franchise for tutoring with my husband to help kids who need a little extra assistance. Kumon was popular in Japan and there are so many kids in the schools who would benefit from someone sitting with them for a couple hours each day to help them with their homework. It's a brand new thought that we are throwing around to see what our options are...I'm excited to see where it goes.