Leadership

Ashley Quiring - ID: #11611755 - 9/20/13

Leadership: ˈlē-dər-ˌship

DEFINITION:


  • In its simplest form, leadership is about having a passion for something and then conveying that passion to others. A leader is able to inspire others to action.
  • Leading first by example and then by words is another aspect of leadership.
  • Leadership is about listening to the ideas of others, and then initiating action.


Qualities

Passion & Inspiration

The ability to be passionate and inspire others is an imperative quality for a leader.


Personal Example:

Throughout my high school career, I was heavily involved in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). I was passionate about getting involved in the community and learning about business. As president, I was able to use this passion to help inspire the members of my chapter into action.

Communication

It is a given - leaders need to be able to communicate with those around them. Ideas need to be shared and plans communicated.


Personal Example:

One of the best examples I have of when I used communication as a leader was during volleyball my senior year. In volleyball, I constantly communicated with my teammates on and off the court to keep things running smoothly. Most of the time this worked to avoid conflicts on the court and helped us move towards the positive outcome of winning games.

Confidence

A leader who has the quality of confidence is able to be secure and have a good self-image. From this stems the ability to stand up to others without fear of "looking bad." A leader who is confident doesn't always care what others think of him or her - instead, the leader is not afraid to take action even when others won't.


Personal Example:

I was involved in drama and theater throughout my four years of high school. During the all-school play my freshman year, I put my quality of confidence into practice. Very few of my friends were going to get involved, but by acting as a leader I motivated them to try out. Even though I was a freshman, I tried out for the lead role and ended up being cast in that part. Although this is a positive outcome, it did have negative outcomes tied to it. Several people were mad that I received the lead role because I was a freshman. My confidence in my role as a leader in the theater helped lead to this negative outcome.


Strengths used as a leader

Organization & Goal Setting

As a leader in a group, I use my strength of organization to divide up tasks between members. I am able to make sure that everyone knows exactly what he or she needs to do and the best way to do it. This is useful because no one is left wondering what role they play. In groups, I am also often the one who makes tasks, sets goals, and assigns deadlines. This provides the group with a timeframe and a plan of attack for a project.


Strengths differing from organization and goal setting that could be useful are flexibility and adaptability. If a plan needs to be changed, these two strengths come into play.

Command

The strength of command is seeing what needs to be done and telling others. As a leader, I have used my strength of command several times. As president of my local FBLA chapter, I used my strength of command to control the meetings and set up committees as well as move the FBLA members to action.


The strength of woo also could have been useful. Instead of jumping into a conflict and taking charge (command), the strength of woo is used to win people over by connecting with them.

How my top strengths contribute to leadership

Achiever

As an achiever, I need to accomplish something every day. I am driven by my desire for excellence, and push others to excel as well.


This can be an important quality in a leader. Using the strengths of an achiever in a leadership position could help produce superior results by pushing team members to be the best they can be.

Significance

Qualities and strengths that stem from significance include the ability to set high-reaching goals, a strong work ethic, and diligence. Because I desire to succeed and be noticed by others, I push myself to work as hard as I can.


These strengths are useful in leadership. A leader with these strengths not only desires to succeed personally, but also to succeed and be noticed as a team. Because of this, a leader would work to challenge others to accomplish more than they thought was possible.

Focus

There are several strengths in the area of focus including the ability to prioritize, take action, and follow through. I am able to start a project with multiple subgoals and a final goal in mind and then follow through.


This is useful in a leadership position. It is important that a leader knows where a project should be heading and is able to follow through. Strengths in the area of focus help a leader to push others to follow through and finish in "first place."

Discipline

Having the strength of discipline allows me to create processes, procedures, or timelines that lead to efficiency and productivity. I am always well prepared and enjoy doing things "right."


Discipline can be a useful strength for a leader. Like focus, it helps to keep a project on track. The strength of discipline can be used to make processes more efficient and productive.

Learner

As a learner, I constantly desire to know more. I gather new information that I then put to use in my everyday life.


This can be an important quality in a leader. A leader who is also a learner will constantly be bettering himself or herself. This leads to greater efficiency and productivity.