The Leader in Me

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THE LEADER IN ME…
A PERSONAL REFLECTION ON “HOW THE BEST LEADERS LEAD”
BY BRIAN TRACY
Wendell C. Cabrera - SSPII

“Character may be manifested in the great moments,
but it is made in the small one.”
-Winston Churchill

The leader in every organization, be it business, military, government or educational, plays a pivotal role in its success. It is therefore important that whoever is the head is armed with the leadership skills necessary to propel the people towards the achievement of its vision and mission.

But I believe that the most important tool of a true leader is his/her character. Character could spell the big difference in providing the big push in the organization. As I read the book “How the Best Leaders Lead” by Brian Tracy, I was impelled to look back and see the leader in me. Questions popped up in my mind asking myself “How am I as a leader?” “Do I possess the qualities that could make a difference in the organization that I belong?” “What should I do so that I can challenge and motivate my people to work for excellence?”

When I was reassigned to my present workplace, I accepted the fact that my life has been a period of planting and uprooting. As a teacher and as a leader, I realized that am being prepared for something big and I accepted that challenge, leaving my comfort zone in my previous assignment to face once again the people I have worked with. What seemed to me difficult was actually easy because as I said during the turn-over ceremonies “I will just bring myself”. This was emphasized in the book that quoted Albert Schweitzer “You must teach men at the school of example, for they will learn at no other.” Today, as I try to lead the people under my care, I always try to maintain my promise to them to lead by example. Brian Tracy stated, “You do not raise morale in an organization; it always filter down from the top.” Indeed, I experienced this for myself as try to inspire, direct and motivate the different...
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