I used to believe that leadership was about holding a position of trust and entitled a list of responsibilities. After learning more about leadership my definition has definitely changed; I believe that anyone can be a leader. No title needs to be assigned to ensure a person’s status. Leadership includes so many perspectives and ideas so there is no perfect definition. I believe leadership is all about perspective, values, personality, and experiences. These concepts have helped shape me into the leader I am today.
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!” The legacy I want to leave, as well as, the influence I want to share with this world is captured in this song I sang in Sunday school as a young girl. As a leader, I want to be my best self so I able to serve others to my full capacity. I want to be a light of positive influence and encouragement to others, which is why I wake up everyday smiling because I know that I have the potential to grow into the person I want to be. By being my best, I hope others will see my example and strive to improve themselves as well. I try to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to me, while I stay true to my faith and values. Leadership is about being your ideal version of yourself and learning from experiences.
With this mission in mind, others don’t always accept my actions easily. For example, in high school when I was in student council, another member volunteered to take on too many responsibilities for their schedule. With the groups best interest in mind, I offered to help and share some of the responsibility. Unfortunately, they thought I was trying to step on their toes and take over. I believe that just because you are the leader does not mean that you shouldn’t disperse the tasks you take on. Being a member of a group entails sharing ideas, participating, and helping others. I view all leaders as equal even if their contributions are small. In this case, my helpfulness didn’t have a positive impact due to how I was perceived.
As a group member I love to suggest ideas and ask for volunteers. Aggression and assertiveness are not my ways of handling things. Different styles of leadership and experiences cause people to act differently in situations. Perhaps my perspective was on the opposite side of the spectrum than my group member. It’s okay to go through tough situations because they help you grow as a leader. Even though my help wasn’t accepted in this situation, I know that other people would be thankfully accepting my help. Leadership is a growing experience that evolves through interaction with others. Discovering yourself is where your inspiration begins.