Leadership challenges

1. The way that I deal with stress is that I reserve some time each day to relax and reflect on everything that I have done. This allows me to unwind after school and leaves me stress free and ready for whatever might happen tomorrow.

2. The book says that to deal with an ineffective leader you should establish a relationship with them and once you are close ask politely to talk about their weaknesses and how they could become a better leader for the company or project. To add value you should ask if they would consider working with you or consider your recommendations on how they can improve. If they say no try to complete whatever task has been given to you to the best of your ability.

3. The hats that I have to wear are my obedient hat, the friendly hat, the tough hat, and my professional hat.  I use my obedient hat whenever I am given an assignment and have to work on it in class, instead of arguing I just do whatever is asked of me. I use my friendly hat to talk to my friends and family. I use my tough hat when I am playing on a sports team and want to look intimidating and finally I use my professional hat whenever I am talking to someone that is of a higher position than me.

4. I usually spend most of my energy on production rather than promotion. I spend hours on projects but spend very little time promoting what I am doing for work . An example would be in-depth, I always hear people talking about their mentors and what they are doing and their plans but I never want to talk about mine because I am busy planning out what I am going to do.

5. There aren’t many advantages to being out front but there are many disadvantages. One of the advantages of being out front in a company is that you will usually have a higher pay salary and receive more recognition for the good things you do however the disadvantages are that you are under a lot more stress because everyone looks to you for guidance and for you to set an example, if things go wrong it is usually you that will get the blame for not being an effective leader ,and if the project fails then you will most of the time feel responsible for the failure.

6.  I think that I would rather seem my own idea put into action because then I would feel as if my idea was good enough and has succeeded but I would also like to help people obtain their goals and visions. The reason that I would rather have my own vision put into action is that if it succeeds then people will think that I have good ideas and will want me to contribute more.

7.  The way that I let people know that I care about them is congratulating each of them individually after we finish a step in a project or after we finish something big like emminent. I think that by addressing them as people rather than a group makes them feel as if I am close to them and really appreciate what they have done.

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Challenge Questions

Challenge 1: Tension

1. How do you deal best with tension in a stressful situation?

The first thing I do in a stressful situation is calm down, take a deep breath, and make sure I am fully relaxed. Next I like to spend time thinking about what had just occurred. I do this because I usually overreact. This helps me really water down the situation and see how stressful or bad it actually is. After that, I think of effective solutions and make sure it is dealt with as soon as possible.

Challenge 2: Frustration

1. What should you do when you find yourself follow a leader who is ineffective? How do you continue to add value?

If you find yourself following a leader you find ineffective, you shouldn’t freak out and go around complaining to others. Don’t try and change the way your leader functions either, this will never work. There are better ways to deal with an ineffective leader. The best thing to do is to add value to your current leader. You can add value by asking for permission to contribute your own ideas, introducing your leader to useful leadership tactics, and focusing on your leaders strengths rather than their weaknesses.

Challenge 3: Multi-hat

4. What tools or tactics can you utilize to keep track of your various responsibilities?

Keeping track of my responsibilities is definitely something for me to work on; I tend to forget certain responsibilities I have. To stay on track I should constantly remind myself of my various responsibilities. I can do this by writing my daily responsibilities on the new (and extremely helpful) white board in my room, writing in a planner and remembering to check it daily, and asking a close friend to constantly remind me and keep me on track.

Challenge 4: Ego

1. Do you tend to focus more energy on production or promotion?

I think I focus an equal amount of energy on both production and promotion. For example, when it comes to my photography I spend a quite a lot of time thinking about what outcome I’d like, the work of other photographers, and where I’d like to get with my photography. Sometimes I find that this is a distraction to me creating actual photographs. I get too carried away in the idea of what I’ll be creating that sometimes it can stop me from being realistic. However, this isn’t too big of an issue for me. I always end up creating something that is well thought out. I think there should be a good amount of thought put into your dreams/goals to make quality work while working towards the dream/goal.

Challenge 5: Fulfillment

3. How will you contribute to your committees success?

I will contribute to my committee’s success by fulfilling all of my tasks, motivating the others in my committee, following instructions, and contributing my own ideas to the committee. I can also volunteer to help out a committee member if they are having troubles completing their tasks.

Challenge 6: Vision

1. What would you rather do: see your own vision put into action and come to fruition, or help others fulfill theirs? Explain.

I would prefer a mix of both. I would love to help others put their ideas into action, but I think if I were given the choice I would rather work in a team and combine ideas with other people. I would obviously prefer my vision to anyone else’s, but I’m not that stubborn; I think if I worked in a team we would come up with better ideas than originally stated.

Challenge 7: Influence

3. How do you consistently let the people on your teams know that you care about them?

I can let the people on my team know that I care about them by offering to help them out if they come across a stressful situation, motivating them towards their personal leadership goals, helping them achieve their goals for the committee, and sharing my feedback and information on the work they are completing.

Leadership 11: The Challenges

As another followup to the lecture we heard by John C. Maxwell as well as the discussion in class today, here are my answers to the questions regarding the seven challenges of leadership.

Challenge 1: Tension

How do you deal best with tension in a stressful situation?

If I face tension in a public situation, I often like to give myself a bit of space and just draw/doodle to let my thoughts out. However if I am alone, I like to play the violin or the piano to let my stress out through music. After I have released some of my stress, most of the time I like to go back to the situation and take a look at it through a different perspective if possible.

Challenge 2: Frustration

What should you do when you find yourself following a leader who is ineffective? How do you continue to add value?

First of all, if you are following an ineffective leader, you should consider keeping a strong relationship regardless of his or her leadership abilities. This may allow you to have more influence and trust later on. Then you should identify the leader’s strengths instead of dwelling on only their weaknesses for I’m sure that once you’ve thought this through, you’ll realize that they have some great strengths as well. Next you should commit to contribute to whatever your leader’s strengths may be and once all three previous steps have been achieved, then you should work together with the leader to combat his or her weaknesses. This can be done by providing resources, personal accounts, networking and more. Hopefully the leader will be less ineffective by then and hopefully you will also feel less frustrated. You can also continue to add value to your leader by maintaining a good working relationship and by working to combat any further problems or weaknesses together.

Challenge 3: Multi-hat

List the different “hats” that you are currently required to wear.

Currently, I wear many hats dubbed: the student hat, the daughter hat, the concertmaster hat, the eager violin pupil hat, the teach me pottery hat, and the I may not take it seriously but I love fencing hat. All these hats fulfill different roles that can’t be filled by any other hat. Also, with each different hat, I may be required to adopt different formalities and manners by remaining flexible at all times. Even though I may try to be flexible, luckily my personality doesn’t fluctuate as I change hats.

Challenge 4: Ego

Do you tend to focus more energy on production or promotion?

I like to focus more energy on production because I honestly believe that with good outcomes from emphasized production comes promotion, especially to those who don’t avidly seek it. By spending more of my energy on production I am able to be a greater part of my team and build lasting, healthy relationships, and if that allows me to get a promotion then it is simply a double benefit for me.

Challenge 5: Fulfillment

List some of the advantages and disadvantages of being out front.

Some of the advantages of being out front is that you get most of the glory from any success made by your organization or team. For example, you get much more credit for a novel if you are the author rather than the assistant. On the hand, there are also many disadvantages to being out front. The leader equally takes as much blame and negativity for the team as much the team’s successes and within a career you are bound to come across as many falls as you are successes. It is a big responsibility to take on the negative aspect as well, so being out front may not be the best course of action for everyone as it is a double-edged sword.

Challenge 6: Vision

What would you rather do: see your own vision put into action and come to fruition, or help others fulfill theirs?

I would rather see my own vision in action and come to fruition, because I enjoy the feeling of completion as I’m sure many others do as well. It’s also really interesting to see one your goals play out and hopefully succeed. I understand that many also enjoy this feeling of completion, so I commend all those who are able to “Champion the Vision,” as John Maxwell would say.

Challenge 7: Influence

How do you consistently let the people on your team know that you care about them?

In the perspective of my quad, although we have no given leader I still like to show that I care for the members of my quad (especially the nines!). I offer encouragement during work blocks and I also help answer any individual questions if I am available and needed. Also when one of our members presents something to the class we all support him or her!

Facing the Challenges

Hello everyone, its Christopher here to answer the questions put forth by today’s 360 learner session.
Challenge 1: The way I deal best with tension in a stressful situation is to have multiple ways to deal with stress in the same area, like lines of defence. Line one: think about something else for a moment, and then get back to work. Line two: stop your thought posses entirely for a moment, and then get back to work. Line three: have something like a stress ball or squishy mouse pad you can squeeze your stress into while you work. Line four (only do these lines if all else did not work): Stop what you are doing and do something else. This doesn’t mean stop working, just work on something else. For example, if one aspect of your homework is stressing you out, do your homework on another subject, then get back to it.
Challenge 2: While working on the lectures steps on how to deal with an ineffective boss, try and make up for your bosses weak points in the meantime, without offending him/her. Offending him/her would send you back to square zero.
Challenge 3: There are only a few hats I currently wear.
The learning hat: for school and homework.
The thinking cap: for problems, studying, and tests.
The hat of authority: for looking after my sister.
The hat of submission: for looking after my cats.
The fun hat: for anything not included above.
Challenge 4: Personally, I tend to focus more on production. I am always that guy that is second fiddle or behind the scenes. I dream big, but many bodies make the best results, so I give my idea and melt into the crowd of potential leaders.
Challenge 5: Being out front has its advantages: recognition, full support, and people under you to do the nitty gritty. But it also has its disadvantages: everyone is looking at you, so you have to look after them and take the brunt or blame if anything goes wrong.
Challenge 6: I would prefer to help others find their plan come together. I prefer this because then I get the good feeling of hard work, the happiness of completion, and the joy of helping a friend reaching their dream.
Challenge 7: One of the biggest ways I have faced the influence challenge is that I had a leader with a good idea, and I had an idea to make it great. It took me awhile to gather the courage to approach my leader with this change, and he totally ignored me. When I expressed this to my coworkers, one of them explained that he didn’t listen because of my rank, he only listened to words from people one level below him or higher. It was so ridiculous I thought I was in a Dilbert comic. Then the summer ended and I went back to school, and the improvement was forgotten.
That’s all for now! See you next time,
Christopher

The Seven Myths

People do not need to possess the top title in an organization or committee to achieve results or help others be productive. Most people agree that it’s not fair to judge or stereotype others based on a small shred of information from a singular aspect of their life, so why would they do it to themselves? A title or position, like your age, gender or race, shouldn’t limit your ability to achieve results or help others do the same. When it comes down to it most CEOs or people with the top title in organizations greatly depend on the productivity and achievements of every single other person underneath them. Basic engineering states that a tall tower needs a strong base, just like successful organizations need successful and productive people at all levels, no matter what their title is.

 

Many people believe that they will become a leader when they have a certain position or title within an organization. However, reaching said positions has a lot to do with being a leader from day one. So, how do you reach those significant positions within an organization? How do you become the person you desire to be? First of all, I think it is important to have role models who represent who you want to become and who you can challenge in difficult situations. I also believe that you have to start with the end in mind. If you imagine yourself being a successful, strong and influential leader in a top position, start being a successful, strong and influential leader in your current position. Why hope and wait for something to happen when you can make it happen? You can be a leader no matter what title you hold.

 

Another great way to develop your own leadership skills is to imagine what you value in a leader and what prompts you to follow someone else? This way you can be more aware of what leadership style and techniques appeal to you and how you can be an attractive leader to others. Personally, I value a leader who is passionate about what they do, confident but not conceited and who is supportive and friendly without being condescending. I also think it is important for leaders to be open about and own up to their weaknesses or mistakes. I believe a really effective leader can create an environment in which people are motivated to rise up to the leader’s level and don’t fear punishment if they mess up, but, personal disappointment and guilt if they let their team down.

 

There are many factors chairs of committees should take into consideration before making a decision. As a chair you are not only leading a group of people, you are representing their collective views and values. When making a decision that will affect the committee, chairs should take safety, productivity and success related factors into account, as well as the morale, values and trust of their committee members. Committees appoint a chair that they believe will make safe and respectful decisions with the best intentions for the committee in mind and if this doesn’t happen committee members may begin to lose trust.  Chairs have to act for and represent the committee as a whole despite their personal values or opinions in order to maintain trust, respect and productivity.

 

Some people believe that once they are in a top position within an organization they are free and can do whatever they want, however, this is far from the truth. Being a boss or owning your own company, like anything else has pros and cons. You can share your ideas and visions with more people but you are also bound to face opposing values and scrutiny. No matter what decisions you make there will be someone who doesn’t approve and you will have to respectfully acknowledge and take their ideas into account.  As your responsibility increases your rights decrease, you have more people looking up to you and studying your actions, you have more authority and influence over others and you have less freedom to do what you want.

 

I would say that I, like everyone else, am capable of achieving anything that I put my mind to. Everyone can achieve what they set out to do, it may take their entire life or lifetimes of people who they inspired but if they are truly passionate, anything is possible. I think everyone is more capable than they believe and that the only thing that stands in the way of them reaching their potential is their own fear. For me, reaching my potential isn’t defined by a title or position, it is defined by my personal happiness and more importantly the amount of people I can help be happy and reach their potential. I think people who measure their personal worth and accomplishment on status, money and titles aren’t truly happy. I believe the value of a person should be measured by the amount of people they have positively affected and therefore titles and status have very little to do with me reaching my potential.

 

Although the reality for most people is that they will never be CEOs, that doesn’t mean that they should give up leading altogether. It is possible to lead from any position within an organization and just because you don’t have a high ranking position in the business aspect of your life doesn’t mean that you can’t be a respected and influential leader in other aspects of your life.

360 Degree Leadership Myth Questions

Myth 1: Discuss if People need to possess the top title to achieve results and help others become productive.

The obvious answer to this question is no, you do not need to have the highest title available to encourage productivity in others, nor do you need it to get any different results. There’s no doubt that for some people, it may be easier to encourage others productive from a higher title in the system, but that in no way limits people lower down in the system from doing the very same thing. While we have only spent one block on this unit so far, I feel comfortable in saying that the entire point of the 360 Degree Leader book is about encouraging everyone in any organization, be it a workplace, a sports team, or anything else, to all do everything in their power to learn, and help others learn, no matter their standing on the hierarchy of the organization. Both my parents own and work for their own businesses, where they stand in the highest possible position but more often than sometimes I still hear them speaking to each other during the evening about how certian employees took initiative that day, or how the very same employees showed my parents newer, faster, and oftentimes simpler ways to things they’ve been doing in their jobs (and dreading doing) for years. Everyone should be able to increase productivity of others, and achieve results of their own, no matter their standing in the organization in question.

Myth 2: How are you learning to lead? What opportunities do you currently have that could further develop your leadership skills?

This year, as a grade ten in the talons classroom (like all other tens) I’m taking up more of a leadership role. It’s safe to say that the last year or so of talons has taught me more to do about leadership, than anything else combined (So far in my life, at least). Talons aside however, I’ve been starting to be more comfortable in leadership roles around the community. Last summer I volunteered as a counselor at a camp on Vancouver Island, this summer I hope to get a job. Again as the previous question stated, it doesn’t matter where you stand on the ladder of things, you can still lead. A good example of this could be something like tutoring. Obviously the leader in such a situation would be the tutor, but that doesn’t mean that the student can’t influence, or effect the tutor in any way. I hope to keep this in my mind as I continue with my life, and find new opportunities and ways to lead in every situation I come across.

Myth 3: Do you automatically follow your “boss”, or do you sometimes question his or her direction? Have you ever supported someone who did not have an official leadership title?

Last year a friend of mine gathered a bunch of people to sign a petition concerning pink shirt day in schools, and the fact that the entire concept behind the day was being lost on some in our elementary school. The school had this idea to design ‘cool’ shirts, that both boys and girls would wear, the thing about these shirts though was that they weren’t pink. The only thing pink about them was a few letters on the chest. Now while this may not be the best example, and I may not really care too much about how it turned out in the end but I think this small story is a good way to start this question. This group of friends got together for a meeting with the schools PAC committee, in an attempt to express our worries about the idea of pink shirt day being lost on the kids, who’d now be wearing black instead. At this meeting, it’s safe to say that the leaders would be the PAC themselves and while they had no direct link with me, and in no way were a direct boss of mine any more, they had been put in a position of leadership, and more than a few people were questioning their choices on the matter of pink shirt day. Similarly, my friend who came up with the idea was just a student, she was no leader in regards to any titles but she still found many people to support her side of the situation, many people she could sort of lead concerning this situation. While this is just one example of someone with no leadership titles taking up a role of leadership in my life, I feel it does again reinforce the overlapping point to be found, your position or social standing does not mean you cannot lead.

Myth 4: What makes a leader valuable to an organization/ committee?

Using the term ‘leader’ in a similar context to John C. Maxwell, a leader is someone who influences others in the committee, and encourages them to be as productive as possible, while still being productive on his own part. Judging from that definition, a leader, or leaders provide the organization with the metaphorical oil in the term ‘a well oiled machine’. There doesn’t need to be one designated leader for a group to work at maximum efficiency, rather I’d think that if everyone considered themselves as John C. Maxwell’s form of a leader, then and only then would a group be performing at its top possible tier.

Myth 5: To whom do the chairs in a committee answer?

I’d say the chairs in a talons class committee should answer not only to the JAM squad, but the members of the committee, as well as other committees. They answer to the teachers as the teachers are the highest ranking authority when it comes to those in the talons classroom. They should also be answering to those members of their own committee as a chair of a committee may not always be (and should not always be) in charge of every single tiny detail of the committee, especially when it comes to larger committees like the Adventure Trip food committee. And lastly, as all the committees are in one way or another working together to create one unified outcome, I think it would be wise for all talons committee chairs to keep in touch with the other closely related committees, both for their benefit, and the benefit of your committee as well.

Myth 6: Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” How does that idea relate to allowing a title or position to limit your *potential.

I think Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote relates to the latter half of the question because her quote could very easily be said to someone who does think that a title or position limits their potential. Someone who thinks like that may need a reminder that Roosevelt’s quote could very easily give them concerning the fact that a title, given by someone to you, should not stop you from working to your full potential in your committee or organization. The reoccurring theme pops up here again, it does not matter where you stand in the committee, you can still do just as much work, if not more than those members above you.

Myth 7: The reality for most people is that they will never be the CEO. Does that mean they should just give up leading altogether? Discuss.

I think this question is the best one possible to finish off with, and conclude this post. Like many things in the world, an organization can be thought of as a pyramid of sorts. More often than not, the first rank in pyramid of things contains the most people, and the numbers drop as the ranking rises. That in no way means that everyone in the lower ranks should give up though. Should the lower ranks give up, and not lead those above them as Maxwell advises, there’s much higher of a possibility for an organization to fall apart. In most organizations people rely on one another, regardless of their positions. A CEO can still rely on a mail runner, and vice versa, so unless everyone is doing as much as they can to influence and encourage those bellow, around, and above them, no organization will be working to its full potential.

Footnote: *I replaced position with potential, as I feel it made more sense for the question time.

Leadership 11: Myths

Hello, down below are some debunked myths about leadership. Please enjoy.

1) Being in school for many years, I have learned a variety of skills through my peers. One of the most recent things I’ve learned from my peer is how to be more outgoing. When making friends and going to a new school, it is important to not be shy and step outside your comfort zone, which will lead to new experiences.

2) leadership can be learned though a variety of ways, and the way I learn leadership is by cadets. With so many opportunities to lead, cadets has taught me to become a better leader. For example, in cadets there are times where I will need to teach a lesson, or lead a small group of young cadets. These are all leadership opportunities I am learning from. There are also school opportunities where I can lead my peers.

3) The key things that prompts me to follow someone else is someone who does what they preaches and someone who cares for their team. If someone is consistent with the way they lead and does whatever they tell others to do, I would follow that person because I know there are a variety of ways to lead, but good leaders always does what he believes in. And if someone is putting him/herself before the team, that leader has the heart and integrity to be a leader.

4) What prompts me to consider another person’s opinion is when that person explains his idea thoroughly. When a person has an idea or opinion, he/she should explain his/her reasoning and “argue” why we should consider the idea or opinion. I might not see the situation from the person’s point of view, but if he/she argument makes sense to me, I would consider their opinion.

5) I agree that when you move up in an organization, the weight of your responsibility increases because you have yourself and a team to watch out for. When a leader, you must over watch your team and make sure everything is running. However, you need to keep in mind that you still have a job to finish and you need to find a balance between helping your team and yourself.

6) I believe that I am capable of achieving anything if I put myself into it 100%. If I set myself to be a good leader and took the time to develop myself, I can be a good leader. I personally believe that there isn’t such a thing of reaching your full potential because you can always develop yourself to be a better person. However, reaching my potential would be leading other people in any situation, yet letting other people ave an opportunity to show their leadership skills.

7) Although most people will never be the CEO, they should take leadership opportunities when appropriate. That does not mean that they should tell everyone what to do when they’re not on the top, because this may come off as rude. But when there are opportunities to lead, people should take the chance of improving him/herself. And once these people have taken the opportunity and have had positive results, others will see them to be more of a leader.

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.

 

Leadership Mythology Questions

“The greatest good you can do for another, is not only to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own”  ~Benjamin Disraeli

Myth One (Position Myth): Discuss if people need to possess the top title to achieve results and help others become productive? If only the people possessing top titles achieved results and helped others to become productive, not much would happen. Achieving results can happen on any level if one steps up and does their part. A title is simply words, what you do for yourself and others speak in a whole other way, and if you work hard, the results will come through.

Myth Two (Destination Myth): How do you become the person you desire to be? Eleanor Roosevelt said “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” You can become the person you desire to be by recognizing what your desires are and pursuing them. If you embody your desires, you can head in the direction of your dreams. If you hold back who you want to be, you will never get where you want to be.

Myth Three (Influence Myth): What prompts you to follow someone else? Something that prompts me to follow someone else is when a person embodies what I stand for, and I think is important. It is also significant that they can help me become a better person. It doesn’t matter what title they hold or position they are in, if I like what they represent, and they are a good leader, I tend to follow them.

Myth Four (Inexperience Myth): What prompts you to consider another person’s opinion? In order for me to consider another person’s opinion, they have to know what they are talking about. If someone is stating the facts, they know what they’re talking about, and aren’t beating around the bush, I tend to listen to their opinion. When someone can’t see reason, I cannot listen to them. Ayn Rand said “Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it.” It doesn’t matter if a person runs the company or if they are at the bottom of the pool, everyone starts somewhere. I consider everyone’s opinion by what’s coming out of their mouth rather than their title.

Myth Five (Freedom Myth): Do you agree that when you move up in an organization, the weight of your responsibility increases? Explain. Naturally, when you move up in an organization, the weight of your responsibility increases. As you move up, you are responsible to lead and guide more people. When you reach the very top, everyone automatically looks to you when things go right as well as wrong. If something goes really wrong below you, as a person with more power, you have the responsibility to help find a solution. Moving up the ladder means the more steps below you that can break, and you have to fix.

Myth Six (Potential Myth): Eleanor Roosevelt said “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” How does that idea relate to allowing a title or position to limit your potential? The wise words of Roosevelt connect to limiting your potential by your title with allowing others to determine what you can do. Something Alice Walker said also relates to this: “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” If you think you can’t do anything in your position, and you speculate that you are looked on as an inferior, than you will never reach your full potential. The only thing stopping you from reaching your full potential is you.

Myth Seven (All-or-Nothing Myth): The reality for most people is that they will never be the CEO. Does that mean they should just give up leading all together? Discuss. If everyone that wasn’t a CEO didn’t try to lead, there would just be a mass of people with no guidance. CEOs are not always the best leaders, and even when they are, they can’t meet with everyone personally. It is important to have leaders on every level leading and guiding many people. Also, you don’t have to be a CEO to be an effective leader. People like Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai are world-renowned leaders effecting millions of people, and they rose from the bottom to impact people with their visions. Leaders can influence from anywhere.

Leadership – Myth Questions

Here are my answers to seven questions on the seven myths of leadership discussed today in class.

Myth 1;Position Myth: 

Discuss if people need to possess the top title to achieve results and help others become productive?

People most certainly do not need to possess the top title to achieve more and help others, in fact, some of the lower positions have an even greater impact on others in the organization/committee. When an individual is at the highest position, they often become separated and less connected personally with those around them, they also likely spend less time with the others in their organization who work below them. Whereas, an average employee or committee member steps up and puts forth an outstanding effort, they can have a much more direct impact on those around them. For example, when a basketball player decides to possess a more positive attitude around their team-mates, ie. give high fives, encourage their fellow players, or call out suggestions/directions to help their team-mate on the court, it may have a stronger effect than that of the coach giving feedback, as the player is often more connected personally to their team-mates. Similarly, in an organizational basis, an individual who chooses to be focused, brings a positive energy to the work environment, and is willing to help fellow employees, may rub off on another like-employee more so than the top leader simply giving orders.

Myth 2: Destination Myth;

How do you become the person you desire to be?

I believe that in order to become the person you desire to be, which you may see as your best self, it is key to surround yourself with others whom you want to be more like and can look up to and feed off of. You will naturally become more like the people around you and you can also consciously learn and take note of what makes those people who they are. It is also key, in general, to surround yourself with people who you may believe are just stronger individuals or stronger as a person in whatever way you believe is important. Naturally you will strive to be more like them and grow to their level.

Myth 3; Influence Myth:

What prompts you to follow someone else?

For me, what prompts me to follow someone else, is simply when I believe in the same things as them or agree with their position. Even if it means going against the ‘status quo’ or questioning a higher leader, it is important to me to stand up for what I believe and fight for what is important to me. This is how I believe everyone should choose to follow others, we might be in very different situations on many issues if everyone did. Most importantly, when choosing to follow, you can’t choose to follow the ‘status quo’ or given order out of fear, when you disagree with it. You must be fearless and stand up for what you believe.

Myth 4; Inexperience Myth:

What makes a leader valuable to an organization/committee?

A strong leader not only speaks up for what they believe, but also seeks to understand those around them and see what the people want. It is important that a leader sees what is best for all and the organization/committee, even if it means going against the general consensus in certain situations. When they can be strong as an individual, be understanding of others(those under them) and pursue the best option for all, they are an incredibly valuable leader.

Myth 5; Freedom Myth:

Do you agree that when you move up in an organization, the weight of you responsibility increases? Explain.

I most certainly agree with that your responsibility increases as you position does. It says it right there. Your position is increasing so why wouldn’t your responsibility? As you move up in an organization you represent more and more people and positions/groups, so it becomes your responsibility to not only do yourself justice with your work but also everyone below you. You are also holding technical ‘control’ over the growing number of people working below you, to suitably do your job in ‘controlling’ them, you must be a more responsible person and if anything, lead by example.

Myth 6; Potential Myth: 

Eleanor Roosevelt said. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” How does that idea relate to allowing a title or position to limit your position?

First of all, I’d just like to say that I chose this question significantly because of the fact that it references a quote, and I love quotes, as I think you can learn great amounts of wisdom from them and their author’s past experiences. As for the question:

I believe this idea relates to a title limiting your position in that you must have a positive inner voice that believes in your best effort. That voice must also pride you in doing the best at your position and work, whatever role or title that may be. You must believe in yourself from the inside and not let things like titles get in the way of you being the best person you can be. Do not get down on yourself for simply having a lesser position, for you can be an even stronger leader in your position if you believe, and as one once said, the best leaders are never seen.

Myth 7; All-or-Nothing Myth:

The reality for most people is that they will never be the CEO. Does that mean they should just give up leading altogether? Discuss.

Absolutely not! It is important not to define your life as being the ‘best’. There are other ways for one to find success in life, or in cases not even success, but rather happiness. The joy of life and leadership must come from inside, just as anything else, and if you truly love what you do, then it won’t matter what position you hold but rather that you are passionate about what you do and take pride in your every piece of work(physical, mental, actions). When one loves what they do and takes pride in the little things, they can lead from any position, and enjoy doing it. It is important, as previously stated, to not define your success as a number or title, but rather what you believe. If one chooses, they can become a leader in any role, and you can gain the respect of those around you. That is the mark off a true leader, understanding others and doing what they believe. If you can strive for your best every time/project/practice, and use the various leadership skills, you can truly lead from any position, and it shouldn’t matter your position.