Color Guard Leadership Essay

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When I first signed up for guard, I had no idea what I was getting into. But when I got into it and performed, it became a PASSION. Guard has made me more mature and responsible. There are a lot of characteristics and qualities that come to my mind when I consider the leaders in my life and the influence that they have had on my values, skills, and knowledge of what makes an effective leader. In bringing together the various characteristics and qualities, I have a portrait of what an ideal leader can and should be. A good leader has great vision. He knows where he wants to go and he knows how to motivate people to believe in the same vision he has for his group and life. He views things as what they could be and not what they are. A good leader is a very passionate person. He is intensely obsessed in whatever he is focused on. He also has compassion for his fellows. While he has goals to accomplish, he consistently cares for the individuals that support him. A good leader is not a selfish individual only thinking about his wants and needs. Also, a good leader is determined in attaining his goals. It is undeniably true that the key to leadership is accomplishing the tasks at hand while building relationships. I want to be in a leadership position because I have a real passion for guard and I want to help my fellow guardies and be a positive role model to them and inspire them. I want to contribute everything I have to offer to this program. To me, extra practices, time spent to help others learn the choreography, helping with equipment, and many other things a leader is chosen to do, is not a work, but a privilege. These tasks would not bother or frustrate me, because as long as it’d help my peers, I’d be happy to do anything to help. I’d handle all obstacles, whether they concern individuals, the team, a routine, or equipment, in an effective way that would help the team grow. Even though I’m fairly new at color guard, my enthusiasm and...
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