By: Mercedes H.
What defines a leader?
The dictionary definition of a leader:
noun: leader; plural noun: leaders
1. the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country.
I don’t believe that the following statement honestly captures what defines a leader. There are just several other components to consider, which are all greater than just being someone who commands a group, organization, or country.
First of all, a leader isn’t an individual who holds any power or authority over a particular group of people. It’s basically saying that just because you have that certain title you are the person who is making everything possible and accomplishing the most work. A good example of this would be the Queen of England. She is known as the main ruler and majesty of the country, and is praised in numerous ways. Though, if you didn't know already, behind the scenes the Prime Minister and Cabinet do all of the political work. The Queen usually has no say and remains neutral in most arguments they come across everyday.
A true leader is identified as an individual who has a major social and positive influence over people sharing the same designated goal. They can be depicted as people who use empowerment and inspiration in order to achieve that goal successfully. Not to mention, a leader also uses some great characteristics they might have to help as well. There is an endless lists of what these traits could be. It is just important to know that there could either be one or various ones present, but at the end of the day any are beneficial. You can find a few examples in this Smore.
The Queen of England and the Prime Minister
A few good examples of some characteristics that a leader may use to help out their followers.
Difference Between a Boss and a Leader
What did you learn about yourself that you can use to grow as a leader?
Throughout this small project, I discovered many new things about myself that I had no clue about before. Most of which, came from the personality test results I got from station four. For station four, I got results that stated I was 50% feeling. Now, I was not shocked that I had feeling over logic, but instead that feelings was at such a high amount. And then I realized that having that amount of feeling could be a good thing to help me with empathy as a leader. Empathy is probably one of the most crucial skills when working with others in my opinion, and I never thought I could have it! With empathy, I could practice a list of things to help my develop and grow into an admirable leader. These include:
Treating others the way I would want to be treated
Better understanding of my followers’ needs
Knowing the effects of my actions and words (actions/reactions)
Good persuasion and emotional approach
More understanding of negativity
- Enhanced perspective of people’s point of view
What type of leader are you?
How does your personality style affect your leadership style and vice versa?
My personality style if INFJ (Introvert 33%, iNtuitive 12%, Feeling 50%, and Judging 44%) and my leadership style is democratic. Now, the first thing I notice is how my feeling and democratic leadership style connect and in a way that support each other. My level of feeling is quite high, hence it can easily interfere with my decision making since I often have trouble separating my heart from my head. So, as a democratic leader it’s quite often that I ask for input, opinions, criteria, and such for whenever I have to make a major choice. As for my judging, you could say that I put some pressure on the group in order for our product to be ideal. By this means, it take an extensive amount of time to get everything right into place. So, if you add the amount of time that it makes making decisions/votes and getting everything prepared, you can see that my leadership style costs a lot of time. Lastly, is my intuition. my intuition allows me to comprehend different things easily, therefore if anyone is confused I can just help and guide them along in order for them to make their contribution later.
(Also, my feeling allows me to have a great amount of empathy which also affects my leadership style. A further understanding of this is seen above.)