This leadership course has taught me a number of things about leadership and moreso about myself. The assessments, not necessarily all, gave me a better understanding of the way I think, act, and react. I’ve come to realize I am a more task oriented leader. While I do care about the feelings of others, to a certain extent, when there is a task at hand to be completed, that goes to the forefront for me and everything else is on the back burner. I’ve also learned that I truly despise blogging. When introduced at the beginning of the semester I never really had blogged before on my own, and definitely not forced by an academic course, hence I had no real basis for objections. Experiencing the difficulty I came across in finding the time to write a blog, nevertheless finding the words to express my thoughts, if I had any at all, became somewhat excrutiating and led to a lack of completion. With that said, and while I accept complete responsibility for not trying harder, I think the blogging should have been optional for those that rather blog every week than to write an essay type of paper summarizing their experiences. I found that I am much better at looking back on what I’ve done and learned, and summarizing that into a well written essay than to blog about my thoughts and/or experiences each week. Nevertheless, this will not turn into a complaint letter because I also learned much about leadership.
A well rounded leader seems to be the most successful. He/she can shift betwen situations, people and tasks easily and gains followers almost effortlessly. A leader cannot be a leader without a following and to gain followers one must give off a air of passion, charisma, intelligence, among other traits. Leadership has its own contraversies when questioned whether it is an innate trait or something we can learn like math or science. I, personally, think its a mixture of both. Some people are born with the “talent” like athletes but they need to practice it in order to reach their full potential as we’ve mentioned numerous times in class. Others learn to be leaders because their situations have forced them to be so.
With regards to the leadership group work, I have to say overall we worked together despite our schedule conflicts and managed to help Sandra’s business idea take its first steps into possibly becoming a reality. Sandra was designated as our CEO because it was her initial idea that brought the group together. However I feel that Marie really stepped it up for the entire group. She took the initiative of making sure we stood on top of deadlines, knew what the milestones required, and was always responding via email rather promptly. Prixilla and I, took on the roles of researching our respective/designated areas of the business and we did what was expected of us. Although we were not necessarily the leaders of the group, we gave our input in various decision making conversations and those ideas were taken into consideration and implemented if valuable. Overall, I truly feel the presentation could have gone much better. I felt the males looked much more organized, informed, and passionate about their project. I never felt as unprepared for a presentation as I did that day. I think if we would have made a mandatory time to practice, go over each others parts, give a chance to constructively critique one another and put ourselves in the shoes of the audience and question the presentation as one would expect another to do, then we would have had a much better presentation.
With that said, I enjoyed this class. I really liked that it was a small intimate class which was a nice refresher to the larger sized classes where there really isnt room for discussions as we had them. I liked the variation of the books; how one was more informative and the other was more about the leadership experience. It was an interesting class and I wish more classes could be set up in a similar manner.