Leadership Day 2

Challenge questions:

Question 1. “How do you deal best with tension in stressful situation?” When I get stressed I find it works to remind myself that if I don’t finish its okay. But at the same time I fortunately do not get stressed as much as others. I find unless I am getting buried under homework I can keep my stress level down.

Question 2. “What should you do when you find yourself following a leader who is ineffective? How do you continue to add value?” As stated in the book there are 5 super important steps to add value to gain ineffective leader:

  • develop a solid relationship
  • identify and improve on your leaders strengths,
  • commit yourself to adding value to your leader’s strengths,

It is important to thoroughly complete these first 3 steps before moving onto to step four

  • Get permission to develop a game plan to complement your leader’s weaknesses
  • Expose your leader to good leadership resources
  • Continue to add value to your leader

If you effectively complete these six steps as mentioned in the book the 360 degree leader you will hopefully be able to improve his or her leadership capabilities.

Question 3. “How can you determine what “hat” you need to wear in a given situation?” I think the first step is to analyse who you would be reporting to and who would be reporting to you. It is important as John said to see if you need to wear a hat of a leader or a follower. I think you needs to look at who is around you and look at who is going to take control of the situation. If nobody else is going to take the lead then you need to; on the flip side if there is a specific person that is a strong leader and has taken charge in the situation then you can follow.

Question 4. “What ideas, products, or services provided by your committee/ quad are so important that you would allow someone else to take credit for them even though you contributed?” I think the leader of a project should be the one to get most of the credit but it is important that if the leader takes the credit they give some credit to the people who got them there. If you help someone reach their goals it is still their goal you can’t take credit for them reaching their goal but you deserve some credit for helping them along the way.

Question 5. “List some of the advantages and disadvantages of being out front.” Something that can be both an advantage and a disadvantage is that you are the figure head of your group, if something goes terribly wrong you are the person that will have to answer for the failure. If something goes wonderfully you are still the figure head and you will be the one given most of the credit. Obviously the failure or success of your group is not entirely based on you, you cannot do it alone. There are other people who deserve some credit for the result but ultimately it is your decision making that changes the outcome of the group.

Question 6. “How can you clearly and positively communicate the vison of the organisation/trip to those around you?” You need to have close relationships with your team members to make sure that everyone’s ideas are carefully considered. As the leader you need to establish a vision and make sure that everyone on your team is working towards the same vison. This will be vital to working efficiently and getting the best final product possible.

Question 7. “In what ways have I experienced the influence challenge?”

As a student there have been times where I wasn’t sure if I could lead students that were older than me and certainly not adults. For the reason that, I don’t think that they will take me seriously. I think that the biggest hurdle for being a successful leader as a student. While you can lead people who are younger or even the same age, believing in your ability to communicate with and to effectively lead people who are in higher positons is vital. To be that leader you need to be trustworthy, consistent, you need to be respected, and you need to care. I think caring is the biggest one on that list because if you have a personal connection to what you are trying to get others to believe in it will be much easier to convince others to follow you.

Leadership Questions

Leadership questions

Myth 1.1. I am not at the top of anything but I still consider myself a leader. I personally feel that is does not matter if you are “at the top” to be a good leader. I do feel that it is important to have a good leader “at the top” and it may even be easier to be a leader if you are “at the top”. But there is never a situation where you can’t lead just because you do not have a following. What you have to do in that situation is ‘create’ a following; share your ideas and get others on board.

Myth 2.4. I think the two biggest components of being a good leader are: truly believe the message that you are trying to implement and being good with people. If you do not truly believe what you are trying to make others believe you will not be able to effectively convince others. Being good with people helps in so many situations but leadership even more so; if you are unable to effectively communicate with other people you will be an ineffective leader.

Myth 3.1. I question authority; it is flaw I realise that it is but it is just something that I do. So there are times that people that I should look up to that I don’t agree with. Most commonly it is teachers that don’t understand my learning style, but I know it is not just gifted learners who question authority. On the other hand I certainly follow people that don’t have an official leadership title. The best example of this is peers; there are many people both in and outside of TALONS of whom I have great respect and look up to all of the time.

Myth 4.3. I always will consider other people’s opinions. Whether I accept or reject the opinion comes down to if I believe in the opinion. If it is morally right then I will agree with the opinion. There are always people who will agree and disagree with any opinion but it depends on the specific person.

Myth 5.1. The leader in any group always answers to the members of the group. Like in a democratic government, the leader tries to meet the wants and needs of the people they represent. Though they may not talk to one specific person, they still have a “boss”. In almost all cases of being the head of anything, a person or group of people give you a title and you need to prove to those people that you are capable of doing the job. In this case your job is to represent the people who put you in power.

Myth 6.2 I am capable of many things. I would say at this point of my life “reaching my full potential” would be staying happy. As long as I am happy I think I am successful. As a 14 year old I don’t know who I want to be when I am older. It is something that I need to have more experience on for sure. Donald Glover said “I am what I am: everything I wanna be”. I agree with this quote because my personal definition of success changes every day.

Myth 7.1 Regardless of where you are going to be in life you can still be a leader. You can be unemployed and homeless and still be a leader. Being a CEO has nothing to do with being a leader. In fact you have a much greater chance of being a CEO if you can lead effectively. If you never learn how to be a leader you will never be put in a position of leadership. Regardless where you are in the hierarchy you find yourself in, there is always somewhere you can lead. If you are looking for someone to give a “leadership position” you are looking for someone that is already a leader, not somebody who still needs to learn.