Personal Leadership Portfolio - Part 1 Understanding, Experience & Interest In Leadership Leadership is something I have understood and experienced since I joined a competitive swim team at the age of 10. Being in an environment that is team-oriented can put you in situations where you are the leader, as well as situations where you need to listen to the leader. When I found myself unable to compete anymore due to a serious injury, I took on another leadership role as an assistant coach to continue my long stretch with the team. Relating to school, I found an interest in business-related courses with a focus on leadership. I find it interesting to learn about the essential attributes that many leaders possess in order to have positive impacts on the people they are surrounded by. Leadership Learning Objectives There are different qualities that combine to form a great leader. Some leaders can be more effective when compared to others, but all leaders have and understand certain attributes that are common across the leadership styles that are the most effective. I believe I have had experience with many characteristics that have shaped me into the leader that I am today ( see Appendix I ). However, this course will hopefully aid in fulfilling my learning objectives. By the end, I hope I will be able to work on and strengthen a few elements of my leadership. Some of these elements include communication, listening and clarification. Communication: As one of the core elements of solid leadership, I feel like this is one of the most essential for me to learn about and improve upon. I sometimes find it difficult to get my thoughts across to other people and find that they can sometimes have difficulty interpreting what I am trying to say. This can have a huge impact on the message I am trying to get across,
and mixed signals can be a result, as well as a decline in quality of work, or the wrong task being completed. I also find that I can improve my body language when I am communicating with others. I am guilty of facial expressions telling a completely different story than what my mouth has said. Even though I am trying to tell people something important, or I am trying to help, I can come across as annoyed or uninterested in a topic if my expressions and body language don’t match my voice.
- Fall '13