P a g e | 30 remain focus, and hard-working efforts have inspired me to be like him and shape the person I am today. On the female aspect, the two individuals that impacted me are my mother and my accounting instructor, Sandra Scott. My mother has always been in my life and taught me many important values that I currently hold. She is the one person that has been in my life and have been extremely supportive with me. For my instructor, she always pushes me to my limits and give me many opportunities to grow. In my previous PLP, I mentioned that her teaching method is not well liked by some students. She doesn’t believe in baby spooning us. Instead, she forced us to learn on our own and give us the opportunity to solve problems on our own. What differentiate her from other instructors in my university life is that she is very supportive in directing us towards the appropriate direction. What I mean by this is that she is very responsive in providing guidance whenever we are stuck in a particular problem. Other than that, she believes we should push and motivate ourselves to achieving our goals. As a result, I respect my teacher and view her as a leader because she helped me realized my potential and my interest in accounting. It is because of her that I switched my major from Biological Science to Accounting. Although the positive value from the GIAT result indicates that I have a bias opinion on male leaders, the difference between Trial A and B is very small. Therefore, I think this test is pretty accurate and reflects my gender associations. While the two individuals I view and respect as leaders are both male and female, my moderately stronger association to male leaders may be influence by how my father influenced me. His sacrifices and determination impacts me more than the way I respect my professor. In addition, his relationship with me has a stronger tie with me than my professor as well.
P a g e | 31 PLP ELEVEN SPECIAL SKILL(S) Growing up, I didn’t have many opportunities to acquire specialized skills such as training, certification, or specific knowledge. My father was strict and believed the only guaranteed path for success was only through education. Hobbies and other activities were viewed as distractions and was therefore forbidden. As a result, I was lost in the path my father paved and didn’t understand myself at all. It was during university, my curiosity led me to experience different activities which help me defined my interests. One of the interest I acquired was basketball, which I continued till this day. Formally, I played basketball because it was fun and competitive. After self-assessment for this PLP, I found that there are some leadership contexts that I learned. When I started playing basketball, I always thought winning was achieved strictly through skills. By practicing every day, you are training your body to run faster, handle the ball better, and shoot more accurately. I thought it was a sport that focused on scoring and winning. What I learned from a
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