you have a leadership vision. Good leaders need to be able to follow an ‘expected’ path, but be able to adapt to any changes – the dead-ends and curves in the road – in order to be successful. Sometimes leaders are put in situations where they have very little control over things so they need to be able to adapt. I want to be able to easily adapt to anything that is thrown my way and help the people I am working with do the same. I believe it is essential to always start with a plan before doing anything, but you need to be able to make quick changes to this plan in order to be prosperous. Currently, I don’t see myself as an exceptional leader, but I do see myself as a leader. I know I am capable of being a great leader, however, I don’t feel like I have enough familiarity or experience to call myself a great leader. To me, not everyone has the opportunities to be a great leader and you need to earn this title. So far, I aspire to lead group members in school and at work. I believe others respect me as a leader because I demonstrate enough qualities to be a fairly good one. I have a long way to go to become a great leader, but I am sure I am on the right track and learning enough through experience to be one. As a leader, I want to be admired and respected. I want others to strive to follow in my footsteps. I want my peers to believe in my goals and visions, and believe I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. I want to have a positive impact on as many people as possible. I do not want to abuse my power if I am in leadership positions, as I have seen many others do. I do not want to be known for my power, I want to be known for what I have done for myself as well as what I have done for others. 24
One of my most important goals as a leader is to motivate everyone to put in their best effort. I have done this my entire life, and I want to encourage others to do the same. I want others to put in as much fight as I do when pushing for changes to be made. As I have read in assigned chapter readings, being a transformational leader can help me accomplish this. However, it is important to have a balance and not practice only transformational leadership. I don’t want my peers to be complete duplicates of me. I want them to share some of the same goals, but create their own paths. As a leader, I want to encourage everyone to believe they can accomplish anything. With regard to my followers, I expect them to respect me, as I am sure they would want the same in return. Followers look to me for guidance, help, and encouragement. As mentioned before, sometimes you find dead-ends in the path you set for a goal. My followers would most likely look to me for advice on how to deal with these dead-ends, and make a new plan. My followers will also expect me to put just as much work into a project as they’re putting in. I have experienced many situations where leaders have everyone else do the work so they can take the credit. This is not the type of leader I am, I believe everyone needs to try to do equal work, so everyone can share the credit.
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