Posted here are the thoughts and reflections of undergraduate students from MGMT 301 Class – Ferris State University
POSTS FROM STUDENTS :
Dylan Wilkinson – Abdolrahman Asiri
Being a leader is a big responsibility. To be a leader, one must be hard working, a good communicator, resourceful, respectful, open-minded, and enthusiastic, among other qualities. But, being a leader is more than just having the expected characteristics. Becoming a leader changes your entire life: your outlook, your schedule, and your responsibilities.
Leadership is taking advantage of the characteristics you can offer. It is taking your entire self and all of your power to become who you want to be and someone others can look up to. Everyone can be a leader. Everyone has the ability and the skill set to become a leader. Although some people lack the motivation and encouragement to succeed in this, no one is not born to be a leader. That’s what separates a leader from the average person, motivation. Not only does a leader focus on motivating others around them, but themselves as well. Leaders strive on pride. They use their pride to motivate themselves, and others to be better.
True leaders know what they believe in and what they stand for. They have goals. They have visions, but don’t we all? Warren Bennis tells us that it is up to us to bring all of our qualities and use them to achieve shared goals, but it starts within us to believe. I’ve learned a lot about myself through becoming a leader. It is truly an honor when people look up to you for motivation and encouragement. It is important for us as leaders to take their trust seriously and handle all situations in the upmost ethical way possible, as it is the least we can do for those who look up to us for support.
I look forward to continuing and bettering my leadership skills throughout my entire life. Not only for myself, but for you, my peers, and everyone else that breathes air on this Earth. When it comes down to it, leadership is what makes the world go around and it’s up to us to keep it going.
– – Dylan Wilkinson, Cheboygan, Mi.
I BELIEVE IN EMPOWERMENT
“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)
My vision about leadership is fostering an environment in which people I work with feel empowered. By empowering people and making them feel that they are contributing this will not only make me a better leader but also it will make my followers recognize their contributions and motivate them. As Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs puts the element of self-recognition at the top of the hierarchy it is the most important element of motivation for a person. The most important aspect of leadership is to motivate the person whom you are responsible for (followers, team members, employees). Good leadership is about making people feel that they are in the center of happening rather than standing at the corners. Traditionally people thought and even taught that leadership is a personality trait that a person is born with and one cannot learn to become a leader. This ideology made me question myself that do I have the genetics to be a leader? But after learning about leadership and specifically reading and listening to leadership gurus like Warren Bennis, I now believe that everyone can learn and become a leader, as leaders are made not born. For me to become a good leader, there are certain qualities I learned that I should possess in order to become a good leader.
Trusting your team is very important for good leadership, as there is a limit to what you can do all by yourself and in order to become a good leader you should learn how to delegate tasks to your team. Recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of every team member and then capitalizing on them is the key to delegating tasks. Acknowledge the fellow team members on their accomplishments and recognizing their contribution is very important. Ability to inspire by creating an atmosphere of enthusiasm and showing your vision for future endeavors allows the entire team to come on the same page and have a shared vision. Personally now when I am doing a team project I communicate the main objective to the entire team and then let everyone have a say in how we are going to accomplish it.
Through this each team member contributes in the process and feels recognized. I try to recognize each person’s strengths and delegate him or her tasks that they can do by capitalizing their strengths. One thing not just as a leader but as a person I believe in is that everyone has a certain skill set and I always try to encourage them by saying that the best way they can contribute to the team is by using the skills they have and actually believing that they can do the task. In the process of learning about leadership the belief and leadership style I already had is more strengthened. I always in every aspect of my life that required me to be a leader took the democratic approach. As I learned how important teamwork is and how an effective leader should inspire, encourage and empower fellow team members, in the process I actually recognized myself and aligned the qualities and beliefs I had with that of a good leader.
– – Abdolrahman Asiri, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia