Hello BuzzFeed Community! My name is Brett Westwood, and I am currently a student at the University of South Florida as a finance major. However, this semester I got the opportunity to explore a class known as Leadership Fundamentals. When first hearing this course title you are probably thinking easy class, why would anybody take it? Well, I thought the same thing prior to taking this class, but now after taking this class my perspective on the world and how leadership is done has changed for the better. My philosophy on leadership at first was, leaders are born and not made, but also leaders must prove it through actions and not words. Now, since the class is over; my philosophy of leadership has made variations and changes to my original philosophy. Please read on and follow me in my journey of a semester in this unique course offered at USF.
The 4 core values that I was given based on my personality were:
1. Integrity: This basically means to be honest to everybody no matter the situation at hand. When times are tough, this is when your true character will reveal itself. Hard times just expose people, not create them. I always try to show integrity to everyone for a few reasons. Being completely transparent and honest with people will allow you to gain their respect and trust. Without that, then nobody will want to even associate themselves with you.
2. Courage: Showing this character trait/value will make people feel like they can follow in your footsteps because you have a F*ck it attitude! A lot of people look up to the crazy person in the room because that crazy person is the one actually getting stuff done. Having courage to start that business you always wanted is the hardest step in actually starting that business. Lots of people will regret not having courage later on in life when they are 90 years old laying on their deathbed.
3. Persistence: This is a value that almost all successful people have and must have. Chances of people doing something right the first time is very rare. However, if you can show persistence and keep pushing forward even if failing multiple times. Failure is just a learning curve. People with persistence that became successful are people like Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, George Lucas, and many more.
4. Empowerment: Being able to empower yourself and others is crucial to being a great leader and successful in whatever field you are in. Being able to create optimism and a positive environment is a must. If you think negatively or with a can't attitude, then most likely you will fail. The power in belief is such a strong value which is underestimated.