My Personal Leadership Journey

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Running head: LEADERSHIP JOURNEY My Personal Leadership Journey Terrance L. McKnight Dr. Temlock April 20, 2010
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LEADERSHIP JOURNEY Introduction I fought being a role model. I never considered myself to be special; in contrast, most people in my life have thought otherwise. In retrospect, I realize that these individuals simply saw more potential in me than I saw in myself…College brought upon a world of growth for me…I did not know any college graduates, and arrived on campus knowing no other student, in a town seven hundred miles from the only home I had ever known. ..I pledged a fraternity the next year; subsequently, I was forced into the position of Vice-president for that fraternity. Most embrace the thought of leading their peers; I, having long been a successful follower, was wary of my ability to lead, particularly those older than I. Luckily, my fraternal brothers were the first who saw a potential for leadership in me. Although I was a new member, they believed I was best suited to implement the vision of the organization…Being thrust into a leadership position led me to embrace being a role model. I enjoy being an example to my peers. .. This collage of sentences was sampled from my personal statement that I wrote to Teachers College in the winter of 2008. A little over fifteen months later, I find myself in almost the same position. While I have fully accepted the duties of being a role model to my peers (mainly my younger siblings and fraternal brothers), I still lack self-efficacy concerning being a leader. When I say “leader”, I am referring to a transformational leader, not a transactional one. The latter has always been my preference. After taking this class, I believe that it still is. While I would welcome the challenge of being a CEO or equivalent, in my opinion, it would be more beneficial for me and my organization(s) if I served more in a VP capacity. I always hate saying 2
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LEADERSHIP JOURNEY that, because it makes me feel as if I am creating my own glass ceiling; however, I feel as if everyone has a role within a unit. Not everyone can be a leader – but should everyone want to? Overview This class caught my eye not because I want to be a leader. I enrolled because I have aspirations of one day consulting leaders of organizations. The thought of being charismatic and speaking to more than thirty people at once scares me to the core. I could be wrong, but I do not believe that I would enjoy being a leader. However, I would like to be the highest-ranking (or very close to the top) “vision-implementer” at my employer of choice. I have experience in this area; in addition, I enjoy it. I love to lead from behind the scenes. I enjoy dealing with the internal nature of organizations, versus the external. I personally thought that the inbox assignment was satisfactorily challenging; I never felt any pressure, although I imagine it would be slightly different outside of the classroom. My naturally shy disposition allows me to be comfortable not seeking the spotlight.
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