After reflecting on all of my past writing assignments it appears my most impressive work was my personal best essay. Although I put an equal amount of effort into my later essays as I did to my personal best for reasons I couldn’t explain at the time I wasn’t able to fully apply the material to my current professional life. The main difference between my personal best scenario and all of my other essays was that in my personal best I had a formal position title that officially made me the leader and since then I have not had a position where I had official authority over other people. Even though it was mentioned in class on numerous occasions that a position title within an organization does not necessarily make you a leader and that subordinates can still act as leaders to their supervisors; it wasn’t until now that I fully grasped that concept. Leaders are not born, they are made, and they are made through the five practices…
1). Modeling the way
2). Inspire a Shared Vision
3). Challenge the Process
4). Enable Others to Act
5). Encourage the Heart
In my personal best essay my five points were…
1). Taking initiative to run for the leadership position.
2). Formed a committee to help assist me.
3). Included my peers (committee and non-committee members) in the decision making process. 4). Stayed organized and made sure the committee was constantly evolving. 5). Gave recognition.
Modeling the Way
Modeling the Way is when leaders create standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow. When I was elected to my leadership position as social chair (from personal best essay) in my election speech I stated my intentions of forming a committee and my commitment to elevating my fraternity’s social status on campus. I demonstrated this by providing all of the members of my fraternity with a prospective budget (based on last year’s social dues), all the venues where we could host events and the associated costs, as well as theme party ideas. This was an excellent example of modeling the way as the members knew I would seek input from them and that every event would be planned with the upmost care. I can apply this to my current profession by being more vocal regarding how I’m going to “take on” a project, and showing my co-workers that I will do exactly what is intended and expected of myself. If I get in the habit of doing this now than when the time comes for me to take a formal leadership role the “learning curve” from subordinate to leader will be an easier adjustment and start me off in the right direction to be thought of as a good leader.
Inspire a Shared Vision
Inspiring a Shared Vision involves creating an ideal and unique image of what the organization can become and enlist others to feel the same. I think that is how I got elected as social chair because I made it clear to all of the fraternity members that we had the potential to become one of the highest socially status fraternities on campus. They could see my passion through the plan I had presented before them and as a result lots of members wanted to be on the social committee and just about everyone wanted to assist in other ways. In my current job I don’t think I have expressed as much passion about the future of my firm as I have about the projects I have been assigned. Something I think I could do to improve in this area, which would help me become a better leader would be to pro-actively shared ideas with my boss on business development techniques to obtain more clients or to service our existing clients in additional areas. This will demonstrate that I care more about the “big picture” and not just my own day to day responsibilities.
Challenge the Process
Challenging the Process means to challenge the system to get new products, processes, services or systems put into place. Before my fraternity was put on social probation it was relatively easy for us to throw successful parties...