I learned a lot from John Maxwell’s “The 360 Degree Leader” lessons, and here I have selected some principles I want to focus on. By improving myself at these, I hope to become an effective 360 degree leader that others can look up to.
Section 3 (Lead Up):
Principle 3 (Be willing to do what others won’t):
I chose principle three because I feel it is one principle I need to improve on. Often, I don’t want to do the things others despise for the same reasons as them. Generally people don’t want to do something because it may be tough, challenging, or they don’t feel comfortable doing it. There are times that I admit I let my comfortless get the best of me, which results in me not wanting to do a task. An example is on the adventure trip when nobody wanted to clean the tent. In the end, I took it home and cleaned it, because I was fed up with arguing back and forth. Now I will try and to more tasks that others don’t want to do, because it improves your leadership skills, and you can role model to others. This also relates to TALONS because when delegating committee work there are some jobs that people may not prefer, and I need to work on choosing those tasks, so I can become a better 360-degree leader.
Principle 4 (Do more than manage- Lead!):
I chose principle four because again I feel as if I can improve in that area. There are lots of times I don’t go the extra step to become an effective leader, and because of this I just end up managing rather than leading. For example, if a project has certain criteria there are times I tend to just stick to that criteria rather than pushing the boundaries and going that extra mile. Another example is when I am managing my homework. I might put off a project that isn’t due for a while, and I don’t think long term. This isn’t always the case, but I would like to work on changing this so I am more aware of the future and I am more proactive. In TALONS it is key not to procrastinate, so if I become better at this principle I will manage my homework more efficiently.
Section 4 (Lead Across):
Principle 5 (Expand your circle of acquaintances):
I chose principle five because there are lots of times where I neglect to push beyond my comfort zone and remain stubborn on doing tasks that I am comfortable with. This causes me to not be able to expand my skillset and to be unable to improve on skills I don’t feel too good about. One way this relates to TALONS is the committee’s for adventure trips. I think I did a great job improving on this principle because I picked Forms & Finance, something I wasn’t comfortable doing last year. Nevertheless, I chose that task and now I am proud of the new skills I learned doing it. I need to try to expand my comfort zone like that more often.
Principle 6 (Let the best idea win):
I chose principle six because although I do listen to everybody’s ideas and voices, the key to not take rejection personally is what I struggle with. I am quite shy so when I get rejected with an idea, despite knowing that I shouldn’t take it personally, I still end up feeling bad about it. For example, last year during a group inquiry project I suggested an idea, and it got rejected. It wasn’t rejected in a mean way or anything, but I still ended up feeling a little bad about it. I need to open up and not take rejections as personally, which is what I will try to do in the future.
Section 5 (Lead Down):
Principle 5 (Model the behaviour you desire):
I chose principle five because there are lots of times I want to see behaviour that even I don’t implement. I want to see behaviour that even I fail to model. For example, a few times when working on a group project in TALONS I want others to utilize their time effectively and be proactive whereas even I fail to do so. This results in me being hypocritical, and I need to work on modeling the behaviour I myself desire. If I am to ask someone to act a certain way or to display certain behaviour then I need to be able to model it myself.
Principle 6 (Transfer the vision):
I chose principle six because this is another principle that I need to improve on. I am great at coming up with visions, but I have to focus on implementing them. One example in TALONS is during inquiry projects when we come up with our own ideas for projects. I think up great visions, but sometimes I don’t bother to actually implement the ideas. I need to work on following through with my visions, and carrying the plan forwards.