Individual Reflection Assignment I
Everyone leads, in their own limited spheres of influence. But a great leader is one who can influence the lives of many and leave a lasting impression. As Dwight Eisenhower said, “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” It is not just about dictating and delegating but about inspiring and guiding. From leaders who have influenced and enriched millions of lives by being a representative of the people and being responsible in part for bringing about the birth of a new era by unfurling the flag of independence, to leaders in their own work fields who have shone and made people sit up and take notice. Over the year these have ranged from Mahatma Gandhi, to Muhammad Yunus, to Bill Gates to Steve Jobs, who have not only affected the lives of a few people around them but extended their sway over billions of people across the globe. In my eyes an ideal leader has to be a blend of certain qualities. Charisma, to inspire people to aspire to great heights that they had never thought they could scale. Independence and willfulness, to be able to make their own decisions, without being lead astray. Diligence to carry out the work started to the best of their ability, to strive to improve enough to surpass even themselves. Without perseverance and the willingness to work hard one cannot be a leader. Because an effective leader cannot sit by the sidelines merely shouting instructions, but must exert himself as much as any of his followers, if not much more. But lastly, excellence in their field of work is the most important. Without this raw talent and vision one cannot be a leader. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” The aptitude and skill once polished with self-awareness, self-regulation and the other qualities enumerated above is what makes an ideal leader in my eyes. The kind of leader I would like to be. Many people have inspired me in the last 21 years,...
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