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Il don'tl thinkl Il definel leadershipl inl anyl specificl way,l ratherl itl isl anl abilityl orl callingl givenl tol
thosel capablel ofl guidingl others.l Thosel whol possessl qualitiesl abovel thel typicall person,l
allowingl theml tol usherl inl successl andl inspiration.l Forl mel thisl isn'tl justl thosel whol actl
humanelyl orl motivationally,l butl evenl thosel whol arel capablel ofl findingl andl steeringl pathsl inl
directl areasl asl well.Leadershipl isl art,l muchl likel craftsmanshipl (carpenters,l electricians,l etc),l
musiciansl etc.l Itl isl al craftl thatl hasl al never-endingl streaml ofl opportunityl tol improvel andl learn.l
Regardless,l Il thinkl theyl alll mustl followl thel samel pathl inl improvingl theirl "art"l inl thel samel wayl
musiciansl andl othersl improve.l Practice,l trials,l expansionl ofl theirl areasl ofl expertise,l acceptingl
ofl failurel orl rejectionl butl thel determinationl tol notl givel up.l Al goodl leaderl isl onel whol isl
adaptablel tol whatl isl aroundl them,l theyl arel alwaysl eagerl tol understand,l learnl andl seekl newl
waysl tol becomel betterl thanl theyl werel thel dayl before.l Butl al leader,l likel al truel artist,l neverl fallsl
shortl ofl thel confidencel andl mentalityl tol continuel tol movel forwardl andl succeedl evenl asl theyl
improve.Itl isl ofl coursel necessaryl forl al personl tol requirel growthl andl developmentl inl orderl tol
becomel al morel inclusivel leader.l Ourl societyl changesl asl quicklyl asl anl industryl andl al goodl
leaderl needsl tol bel willingl andl ablel tol continuouslyl growl withl anl openl mindl inl orderl tol adaptl
tol thel needsl ofl both.l Thisl wouldl alsol bel myl mindsetl inl coaching/mentoring.l Thatl whoeverl Il
workl withl mustl alwaysl enterl withl anl openl mind.l Tol understandl thatl peoplel andl societyl arel
intertwinedl withl industryl andl success.l Youl cannotl havel onel withoutl thel other,l andl suchl thingsl
dol notl carel aboutl race,l gender,l sexuall preferencel andl religion.l Al goodl leaderl isl onel whol willl
alwaysl understandl theirl people,l includel theirl people,l andl bel respectfull ofl theirl people'sl
differencesl becausel withoutl it,l youl won'tl findl yourl goalsl end.Forl thel onel questionl basedl onl
ourl self-assessment.l Il dol believel Il aml al goodl leader,l havingl workedl inl coachingl andl HRl
consultingl forl somel yearsl now,l Il havel beenl givenl al wonderfull opportunityl tol growl alongsidel
everyonel Il workedl withl whilel showingl theml newl routesl tol al betterl workplace.l Myl thoughtsl inl
regardl tol leadershipl isl thatl isl sol greatl becausel ofl sol manyl variablesl thatl considered.Tol definel
leadership,l Il wouldl sayl isl forl onel tol havel thel abilityl tol acknowledge,l understand,l andl actl uponl
thel concernsl andl needsl ofl thel group(s)l beingl led.l Ofl course,l thisl doesn'tl meanl "agree,l give-in,l
andl givel up"l butl atl leastl al voicel isl heard.Somel ofl thel variablesl mightl bel withinl one'sl control.l
Forl example,l whatl thatl individuall knowsl tol bel exclusivel qualitiesl andl howl theyl choosel tol actl
uponl them.l Usingl twol extremesl oppositesl couldl bel somethingl likel thisl (pleasel keepl inl mindl
thisl completelyl fictionall andl unbias.l Thesel individualsl couldl bel ofl anyl ethnicl backgroundl inl
thel worldl andl genderl neutral).Sol wel havel twol individuals:l Onel individuall grewl upl andl
possiblyl stilll livesl inl anl environmentl wherel therel mightl bel al lotl ofl illegall activitiesl (justl
keepingl itl broadl andl veryl generic).l Thel instinctl orl reasonl forl thisl individuall tol leadl mightl bel
survival.l Nol choicel wasl presentedl tol theml andl that'sl alll they'vel known.l Now,l anotherl
individuall perhapsl grewl upl inl al saferl environment.l Therel mayl havel beenl somel (butl notl much)l
illegall activitiesl surroundingl them.l Therel werel definitelyl opportunitiesl tol furtherl theirl
educationl andl sol on.l So,l thisl individuall canl decidel ifl theyl wouldl likel tol considerl beingl al
leaderl ofl something.Itl becomesl evenl morel ofl stickyl situationl whenl al leaderl hasl littlel supportl
froml thosel surroundingl him.l Thatl inl itselfl couldl bel forl manyl reasons,l warrantedl orl not.l
Leadershipl meansl tol bel ablel tol influencel othersl inl al settingl wherel eachl individuall hasl al
differentl personalityl you’lll havel beenl ablel tol leadl andl influence.l Leadershipl isn’tl justl al skilll
appliedl inl workl settingl butl alsol inl al religious,l organizationall orl teaml setting.l Itl isl importantl tol
knowl thel differencel betweenl al leaderl andl al managerl asl manyl getl itl confused.l Leadingl peoplel
doesn’tl requirel micro-managingl orl beingl rough.l Itl involvesl beingl ablel tol influencel andl guidel
someonel inl thel rightl directionl orl thought.l Il personallyl feell asl ifl Il needl morel in-sightl withl
finishingl classesl likel thisl tol bel ablel tol sayl “I’ml readyl andl confident”l Il thinkl Il canl studyl morel
aboutl beingl inl leadershipl andl howl Il canl applyl thatl tol myl currentl career.l Il personallyl havel justl
overcamel thel hurdlesl ofl beingl ablel tol coachl andl guidel thel differentl personalitiesl wel runl intol
thatl Il usel tol findl “stubborn”l butl reallyl learnedl whatl itl wasl alll aboutl before.l Itl alsol meansl
takingl thel timel tol bel compassionatel andl learnl howl tol seel bothl sidesl ofl al perspective.l Il
personallyl thinkl Il canl coachl myl leadersl withl diversityl andl inclusionl byl beingl ablel tol havel
theml supportl anyl teaml buildersl thatl includel everybodyl andl whatl theyl likel forl everyonel tol
understandl whyl theyl likel itl orl whyl theyl likel itl becausel ofl theirl culture.l Il alsol believel it’sl
importantl tol givel backl tol ourl communityl whilel practicingl diversityl andl inclusion.l Leadershipl
isl thel abilityl tol takel charge,l participatel in,l andl bringl innovationl tol al company,l team,l orl
organization.l Whilel al leaderl isl "inl charge"l theyl aren'tl bossyl andl theyl don'tl lookl downl onl thosel
whol arel subordinatel tol them.l Theyl arel willingl tol getl theirl handsl dirtyl andl showl othersl whatl
theyl expectl froml theml ratherl thanl tellingl theml whatl tol do.l Tol improvel one'sl leadershipl skills,l
onel mustl bel willingl tol acknowledgel thatl theyl themselvesl arel constantlyl learningl newl waysl tol
communicatel andl understandl thatl whatl worksl forl onel situation,l person,l orl culturel mayl notl
alwaysl workl forl another.l Il agreel withl myl self-assessmentl pertainingl tol myl abilityl tol bel al
leaderl inl thel workplacel becausel Il havel alreadyl seenl thatl Il aml al healthyl andl positivel leaderl
bothl withinl myl ownl businessl andl whilel employedl byl someonel elsel inl al manageriall position.l Il
knowl thatl Il aml al goodl leaderl withinl al corporationl becausel whenl Il wentl onl maternityl leave,l
notl onlyl didl Il receivel multiplel requestsl andl inquiriesl froml myl subordinatesl andl superiorsl
askingl whenl Il wouldl bel back,l butl whenl myl youngestl childl wasl havingl healthl issuesl thatl
requiredl myl constantl attention,l thel storel Il hadl beenl runningl hadl tol closel duel tol myl absencel
andl thosel whol hadl workedl withl mel resigningl whenl theyl learnedl thatl Il wasl notl goingl tol bel
ablel tol return.l Thel thingl aboutl leadershipl isl thatl itl isl constantlyl changing,l constantlyl adaptingl
tol situationsl andl individuals,l nol onel situationl isl exactlyl thel samel asl thel nextl andl thel samel canl
bel saidl ofl people.l Inl orderl tol bel al goodl leader,l growthl andl developmentl arel essentiall tol thel
loyaltyl andl cooperationl ofl thosel forl whoml youl arel responsible.l Myl advicel tol newl leadersl
wouldl bel tol rememberl thatl therel isl notl alwaysl onel solutionl tol anyl givenl problem,l thatl eachl
personl isl differentl andl learnl inl differentl styles,l andl thatl peoplel willl havel morel respectl forl youl
asl al leaderl ifl youl arel willingl tol bel flexible,l reliable,l andl trustworthy.l Valuel diversityl isl thel
reasonl forl thel varietyl ofl waysl inl whichl thel samel taskl orl meetingl couldl bel conductedl inl manyl
ways.l Thel variedl differencel inl approachl increasesl thel potentiall ofl employeesl andl letsl al
companyl comel upl withl betterl solutions.l Womenl holdl onlyl al fewl ofl thel topl leadershipl
positionsl asl comparedl tol menl againstl thel researchl thatl showsl womenl arel viewedl asl morel
transformationall leadersl becausel ofl thel patriarchyl inl al societyl wherel menl arel givenl morel
importancel sincel theirl birth.l Stilll therel existsl familiesl whol willl keepl boysl abovel girlsl notl
equall asl theyl believel girlsl eventuallyl willl marryl andl bel al partl ofl somel otherl familyl whereasl
boysl arel treatedl asl anl asset.l Therefore,l betterl education,l upbringing,l andl trainingl arel givenl tol
theml leadingl tol leadershipl positions.l Tol changel thel scenariol girlsl mustl bel educatedl andl givenl
equall opportunitiesl asl boysl onlyl thenl theyl couldl competel withl menl forl leadershipl positions.l
Tol fosterl greatl inclusivity,l onel mustl maintainl al balancel betweenl rationall andl emotionall
aspectsl ofl thel company.l Thel rationall approachl mustl bel thatl yourl taskl meetsl thel deadline,l andl
itl isl upl tol thel markl ofl thel levelsl ofl client'sl requirementsl asl welll asl betterl thanl yourl competitorsl
whereasl thel emotionall balancel mustl bel maintainedl byl givingl enoughl timel tol thel inclusivel
membersl ofl thel company.l Thel taskl mustl bel dividedl byl thel criterial ofl thel requirement,l orl thel
timel isl givenl tol dol itl sol thatl itl canl bel assignedl tol thel teaml ofl inclusivel membersl ofl thel rationall
membersl ofl thel company.l Il personallyl definel leadershipl asl someonel whol showsl initiativel tol
wantl tol leadl othersl towardsl al commonl goall orl objective.l Leadershipl isl veryl muchl sol anl artl
form.l Everyone’sl personall stylel ofl leadershipl isl al littlel bitl differentl thanl othersl justl likel art.l
Mostl peoplel likel tol leadl othersl thel wayl thatl theyl preferl tol bel leadl themselves.l Basedl onl thel
resultsl froml thel self-assessmentl Il thinkl Il havel thel skillsl andl personalityl typel tol leadl othersl
effectivelyl inl thel workplace.l Myl highestl scoresl werel personall stability,l productivity,l self-l
management,l communication,l andl teamwork.l Il thinkl whenl itl comesl tol leadershipl everyl dayl isl
anl opportunityl forl growthl andl knowledge.l Inl al wayl leadershipl isl similarl tol practicingl
medicine,l wel neverl willl trulyl knowl everythingl aboutl leadership,l andl itl isl constantlyl changing.l
Learningl differentl inclusivel leadershipl skillsl willl allowl youl tol reachl andl leadl al widerl arrayl ofl
followersl thatl respondl tol differentl leadershipl methods.l Coachesl andl mentorsl arel greatl
examplesl ofl professionall leadersl whol challengel youl tol stepl outl ofl yourl comfortl zonel andl tryl
differentl things.l Whenl wel stepl outl ofl ourl comfortl zonel tol engagel withl othersl wel oftenl stepl
closerl towardsl thel personl wel arel tryingl tol reach.l Merriam-Websterl (n.d.),l definesl leadershipl
asl “thel officel orl positionl ofl al leader.”l Also,l itl isl definedl asl havingl thel abilityl tol lead.l
However,l accordingl tol Hughesl (2022),l leadershipl isl notl al position,l butl ratherl thel interactionsl
betweenl thel leaderl andl followersl inl al givenl situation.l Tol bel al goodl leader,l Il believel itl takesl
thel expertisel ofl thel positionl held,l thel abilityl tol communicatel effectively,l interpersonall skills,l
andl open-mindedness.l Mostl importantly,l anl effectivel leaderl shouldl bel ablel tol coachl andl
mentorl hisl followers.l Il feell tol improvel one’sl “artl ofl leadership”l requiresl al sensel ofl humilityl tol
welcomel constructivel feedback.l Thenl notl onlyl wouldl youl improvel yourselfl but,l you'lll bel ablel
tol successfully,l coachl others.l Thisl presentsl al greaterl influencel onl thel followersl andl helpsl
theml carryl outl theirl goals.l Ofl course,l thisl requiresl trainingl orl somel forml ofl education.l
Therefore,l inl additionl tol leadershipl developmentl courses,l youl canl takel advantagel ofl careerl
advancementl andl mentoringl programs,l providedl byl somel organizations.l Atl myl currentl placel
ofl employment,l Il hadl thel opportunityl tol participatel inl thel careerl advancementl program.l Itl wasl
anl excellentl programl thatl presentedl collegel coursel materialsl onl leadershipl development.l Il
scoredl anl 82/100l onl thel self-assessment.l Althoughl Il havel beenl placedl inl leadershipl roles,l Il
don’tl feell itl isl bestl forl me.l Leadershipl isl goodl whenl youl havel greatl followersl whol arel notl
Passive,l Pragmatist,l orl Alienatedl .l Whenl conflictl andl orl lackl ofl accountabilityl isl al concern,l
I’dl ratherl notl havel tol deall withl thel stressl thatl follows.l Asl forl now,l Il willl continuel tol aspirel tol
bel anl Exemplaryl follower.l Yes,l Il feell peoplel needl growthl andl developmentl tol becomel morel
inclusivel becausel mostl biasesl steml froml stereotypingl aboutl age,l gender,l ethnicity,l sexuall
orientation.l So,l educatingl individualsl willl reveall thel truthl andl possiblyl changel thel preferencel
andl removel discrimination.l Il believel creatingl anl organizationall culturel thatl promotesl diversityl
andl inclusionl hasl benefitsl likel cohesionl andl creativity.l So,l tol coachl orl speakl tol itl I’dl firstl
educatel individualsl aboutl stereotyping,l equality,l andl emotionall intelligence.l Thel latterl isl
neededl tol developl self-awareness,l self-regulation,l empathy,l etc.l Myl currentl placel ofl
employmentl oftenl hostsl diversity,l inclusion,l andl equalityl conferencesl withl guestl speakers.l
Theyl evenl encouragel usl tol joinl resourcel groupsl tol supportl womenl andl learnl aboutl otherl
cultures.l It’sl anotherl greatl wayl tol educatel andl bringl aboutl al much-neededl change.l Al leaderl Il
believel shouldl leadl byl example,l itl isl someonel whol canl teachl youl andl inspirel youl tol reachl
goals.l Il believel al leaderl shouldl bel someonel whol canl communicatel welll andl bel ablel tol
understandl others.l Al methodl tol leadl isl tol getl tol knowl yourl team,l communicationl isl al keyl forl
success.l Supportl people'sl ideasl andl bel flexiblel withl otherl peoplel ideasl andl feedbacks.
Accordingl tol surveyl Il scoredl moderate,l andl Il agreel withl thisl becausel Il mixl myl personall
feelingl whenl itl comesl tol communicating.l Sometimesl Il thinkl Il canl al littlel tool honestl whenl itl
comesl tol sharingl ideasl andl Il speakl froml myl emotionsl otherl thanl thinkl aal leader.l Il alsol seel
myselfl havingl othersl takel importantl decisionsl otherl thanl mel takingl initiativel tol makel theml
andl bel firml inl myl decisions.
Il dol agreel leadersl needl speciall skillsl andl growl inl everyl aspectl ofl leadership.l Il havel workedl
withl peoplel whosel rolel wasl notl asl leader,l butl havel takenl initiativel tol lead,l butl definitelyl
knowledgel canl providel al betterl outcome.
Beingl al mentor,l Il thinkl shouldl understandl differentl personalitiesl andl behaviorsl andl nowl howl
tol successfullyl communicatel andl givel guidance.
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