Thoughts and reflections of undergraduate students from MGMT 370 Online Class – Ferris State University Big Rapids, Michigan
Posts From Students:
Christina Baker – Chante Welch – Jgi Jgi Muhammad – Alina Canca
I Believe I Can Achieve…
“The point is not to become a leader. The point is to become yourself, and to use yourself completely – all your gifts, skills and energies – to make your vision manifest. You must withhold nothing. You must, in sum, become the person you started out to be, and to enjoy the process of becoming.” (Warren Bennis, On Becoming a Leader).
The word leadership can encompass many different things for different people. The challenge is to find out what it means to you personally. I personally have been trying to figure out for quite some time what my vision of leadership is and I am finally starting to understand what it entails. To me leadership encompasses having a great deal of knowledge in a specific area that you are passionate about and never wanting to stop learning more about it. It is about having a vision or goal and continually pushing yourself to accomplish your dream. Leaders are people who bring others together and push them as well as themselves to strive to be the best. “A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done” (Ralph Lauren).
In becoming a good leader one should be personable and able to relate to others well. They should be able to motivate and inspire others to accomplish a common goal. I already have learned from feedback from my current manager that I am able to do these things on a small scale in my current occupation and I will continue to strive to lead by example. I continually set new goals in my life that are challenging at first and I sometimes wonder if I have set them too high; however in the end I find that I accomplished them, have grown from the experience, and concluded that they were easier than I had imagined.
In the process of becoming a team leader I am not focusing on telling others what to do but encouraging them to utilize their strengths and talents. I have learned that I too have many strengths and talents that I was unaware of before and I am trying to develop them as I go forward. I’ve known for a long time that I was personable and able to interact well with others but I was unsure if I would be any good at a true leadership role. The idea of overseeing others has been a goal of mine yet it also scared me up to this point. I have gained more confidence in myself and my abilities and I now know that I can do anything that I put my mind to.
In the past I felt there was not much difference between being a manager and a leader. I now feel that the really good managers are leaders first. They are the ones who are able to work alongside others and encourage them to achieve a common goal of an organization without pushing them to do what needs to be done. Leaders have a different way of looking at things and working with people that makes them feel they are part of a team and are truly appreciated instead of just another worker who can be easily replaced. This is the type of leader I aspire to become.
– – Christina Baker, Lansing, Michigan
“I Believe In My Golden Purpose”
“If I follow my personal code of ethics and apply them into my everyday life. I will continue to be the achiever that I set forth to be. Reciting my code of ethics on a daily basis will help to keep control and peace in life’s situations.”
Team leader– I love being responsible, organized, seeing the best and showing appreciation to others so that my team leadership skills can stand out.
Achiever– I love to achieve every task that I take on and accomplish every goal, even when the chips are down I will hold my head up high and reach for the best.
Spiritual– I keep the lord as the head of my life and follow his commandments and keep a close relationship with him to my best ability.
Honest– I continually to stay honest and never misled anyone. I believe that being honest gains you a sense of respect.
Humble– Being able to continue to stay humble for it gets me through tough situations and depressing moments. Being a humble person helps me to be a better mother, grand-mother, wife, sister and friend.
Straight- forth– I am straight-forth person; I love to speak my mind, express my emotions and share my knowledge.
Positive– Speaking positive talk to myself every morning sets my mind in appositive setting. I’m not letting negative talk and actions change my focus.
Caring –I love and care for all people. I treat everyone the same no matter of color, creed, or race,
Role model-I have appositive attitude, a beautiful smile, and an intelligent mind I am sure to influence any person that crosses my path. I stay positive and focused so that I can influence any person from near to afar.
My ethical beliefs are constantly being developed through training and may experiences that I encounter daily. I have several influences that have influenced my beliefs, attitudes and concept of morality such as my parents, grandparents, church, teachers and assorted family members.
My actions and my decisions will determine my path that I will go down in life. If I continue to apply my code of ethics to my everyday life and the situations that I encounter, I will be an achiever!
My favorite quote is “Dish out what you want to receive in return”
– – Chante Miller, Saginaw, Michigan
I Believe In the Power of the Mind
The key to a great leader is the power of the mind, having the positivity to push through any situation. “Leadership has been described as a social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in accomplishing of a common goal.” (1) A leader is someone others follow or look up to; but there is a bigger picture to the meaning of leadership, it is a level of using yourself completely and training your mind to reach these heights. A real leader is someone who allows themselves to blossom.
A key element to leadership is reaching your full potential, this starts first with your mind. Having the ability to look outside of yourself and become empathetic with other peoples situations, will ultimately broaden the views of your own mind. Another key to becoming a great leader is being able to follow. Seeing the steps that one needs to take will allow them to make better strides when it is time to lead the path. The two most powerful mind tools when establishing your leadership skills are commitment and positivity, nothing can bring a leader down worst then negativity with a failure mindset.
There are several traits that a leader must possess such as honesty, effective communication skills, confidence, and Intuition; but it is first important to feel like one can lead themselves. A successful leader must overcoming fears of failure, and not be afraid to be in charge of their life. Once these skills are established, they will be able to aid as a mentor to inspire others to learn how to reach their full potential.
Some may see a leader as someone with a big heart, which may be true but the heart of a leader is the mind. The mind is where those intuitive decisions are made, those stressful decisions that we deal with in difficult situations. A leader learns to exceed past those stressful emotions and delivers results. Most effective leaders are alike in one crucial way; they all have a high degree of emotional intelligence.
A strong leader is one with a powerful mind. To become this leader you must possess the ability to empathize and look at the big picture. This leader will be emotionally intelligent and can see the positivity in any situation. The key to becoming a great leader all starts with becoming the best version of you.
– – Jgi Jgi Muhammad, Lansing, Michigan
I BELIEVE WE ARE THE LEADERS WE CHOSE TO BE
We, merely students, are forever learning in the school of life. It is in everyday situations that we lead ourselves with a sense of confidence through the challenges of everyday life. Whether it be simply waking up in the morning or rushing the finishing touches to a semester-long project, we all have our moments in which we have to motivate ourselves to push forward. We need the positivity generated within ourselves to overcome any battle.
My vision of leadership is having the courage to grasp ahold of a situation and overcome any obstacle presented. The synonyms of leader include chief, dignitary and lion. With such heavy words as those, it’s hard to believe that we’re all leaders in our own way. It’s our unique experiences and skills that make us strong as an individual. We are a product of our daily choices.
From what I’ve experienced, I’m a strong motivator and communicator. I enjoy leading all in all; I love overseeing operations and bettering whatever I’m involved in. However, I’ve also learned that I don’t compare to many other leaders; I’m not good with complicated assignments but with effective teamwork, I’m able to push forward and expand my knowledge. To me, being a leader is the best way to understand how a team and objective operate. To completely embedding yourself in a situation where you’re forced to know the ins and outs while communicating to everyone effectively and staying above the competition is what a leader is.
Being a leader forces me to constantly think of how I can better myself for the benefit of my team. I’m more aware of the quality of work I do as well as abiding my deadlines. I have learned that I’m much too proud to let anyone be hindered by my inability to perform any task. While becoming a leader, I’ve learned more about my strengths and lesser-strengths, not weaknesses. It’s impossible for someone to be the best at everything but it isn’t impossible to try.
Previously, I believed that leaders had poor attitudes and a compulsive need to control every aspect of a situation. I believed this because its how I viewed myself. Over this year, my definition has changed altogether. By become more observant in how people operate, I’ve realized it really is true that we are all leaders in some way. Before, I used to think that being direct with people was the best way to accomplish any task. My leadership style has changed in such that I’m more open to others, honest, and patient. To treat others with the value and respect you wish to be treated with is something I live by and believe this works greatly with my philosophy on leadership.
– – Alina Canca, Istanbul, Turkey