Friday, January 24, 2014

How My View of Leadership Has Changed

Before this course, I had always thought of leaders as the popular people. The geniuses. The top of their class. I had always believed that was the case because that's been the environment I've been raised in. School always had the popular kids and the smartest of the smart leading activities and projects. It was depressing because I knew that I would never be as popular, or athletic, or as great at school as the other kids were but through this course I have come to realize that those traits don't determine who is a leader, that those traits exist now because that's the only frame of reference we as high schooners have been given, but through this course I know realize the other factors that determine leadership in the real world and what traits are necessary to truly shine in ones field or profession.

While being well liked is a trait that is almost required to be an effective leader, it doesn't have to be in the form of the popularity contests that exist for class presidents in high school. In fact, the system on a whole for becoming a leader is entirely dependent on ones ability to reach out and meet people and friend them. That is key. A leader should have followers. But the key word is should, leaders can still lead if they are standing up for what they believe in, even though it might be unpopular. In most cases, however, there is a large need for a group of followers that have the same beliefs or that just believe in your dream. Leadership to me now means less about the person and more about the idea.

1 comment:

  1. Ok, Oliver. I can see that your view of leadership has changed. Unfortunately, your post is written in a bit of a "stream of consciousness" format that does not entirely do justice to your rationale. I can see you saying that leaders should have fortitude (to stand up for what they believe) and still need to be able to build relationships. The issue is that we have studied a variety of things effective leaders do (the Stool), key traits they demonstrate, and how leaders achieve credibility. Slowing down your response and editing it to capture a connection between your observations and the material we studied in class would have made this a stronger post.