Kai as a Leader
I am an extrovert, or rather, and an extravert. This definitive fact has highlighted and shaped my personality for as long as I can remember. I have always been conscious of the fact that I am the extra in extravert. My leadership style mirrors this, as does one of my key beliefs of leadership. Leadership is not defined by the way you act, but by the way people receive you. One might assume that with an outgoing personality, I would believe the opposite; but rather it is because of my personality that I strive to ensure that I leave a positive impact. It is easy to get caught up in the hype of being loud and having fun, but although some may be put at ease by this, others might become overwhelmed. A leadership philosophy is a personal guideline that acts as a foundation of leadership decisions and styles. While I may have considered this ideal as my philosophy once, a semester's worth of research, readings, and reflections has shifted my perspective.
I believe that leadership is relational, situational, and intentional.
I have always held these views but engaging in meaningful course material has allowed me to develop and shape my beliefs of leadership and coin my philosophy.
Leadership is FUN
LDR 2010 was a semester of new and unexplored theories, ideas, research, and concepts on leadership. Of all this content, these five ideas struck home.
ETHICS “Character gives you the courage to do what is right regardless of the circumstances or consequences.”
AIM: Purpose, Goals, and Whys
Exploring Leadership certainly is not short of theories and concepts in leadership. Of these amazing ideas, I will highlight one major models.
Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity
This model is one of the most practical and accurate depictions I have experienced this semester. With the current social climate in the state that it is, it is important to focus on teaching other privileged people about their privilege. Educating and informing others on the concept of privilege can be a dangerous task, because for some it is unfamiliar territory. Individuals are often unreceptive to intense discussions on topics that target specifics of their being. The way we act is our responsibility, and when someone else attempts to adjust that, it feels like a personal attack. Regardless, the need to inform others who are privileged about their privilege is essential for a high functioning society. We often talk about stereotypes and stigmas that exist because of ‘society’; we recognize that they are wrong and we say that we want to change them. Unfortunately, we seldom remember that we are society. The only way to enact change is to do it ourselves. The call to action forces us to recognize that we must take up the task of having difficult but necessary conversations.
To do this, the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity identifies key stages that an individual unfamiliar with privilege, difference, or/and inclusion my be facing. Intercultural competence is a need in the world. Exploring Leadership notes that multiculturalism is a lifelong learning task. The framework highlighted makes it easier to understand and facilitate change.
The models in Exploring Leadership were intentional and informative. They were processes applicable beyond the scope of leadership. This course has motivated me to get involved in the leadership discussion and continue to learn about the other theories, research, and models out there.
STRENGTHS "One of our greatest assets as human beings is our talents."
Kai Is A Leader
Leadership Fundamentals has been more than a class. It has facilitated a learning journey. My experiences throughout this course- engaging in intentional discussion, participating in the identities activity, meaningful reflections, and having a platform to share my views and ideals- has added another layer to who I am. Leadership can be rather ambiguous; it is free for interpretation and application. My leadership philosophy is just a ripple in the many other perspectives of leadership. Regardless, I will apply my philosophy and the materials I have gathered throughout the semester to all my experiences. Leadership is not limited to title or position, therefore the lessons I have learnt in this course also cannot be limited to title.
My core values, Integrity, Open-Mindedness, and Empowerment are supported by other values such as authenticity, and humor. It is because of my values, my beliefs, this class and my life experiences that I am able to state these five guidelines that I live by: 1. Be conscious that everyone has their own story- be open-minded; 2. There is more than one side to an argument- people only argue for what they believe in; 3. You can’t control everything- life was not meant to be controlled; 4. Be curious- question everything; 5. Admit to your mistakes- how can you rectify them.
My personal code acts as a guideline to ethic success. In all the decisions I make, I will consider these five points and apply them to the situation accordingly. Some of these guidelines directly tie to how I approach others and forces me to consider how my decision affects others. Ethics define right and wrong; this personal code ensures that the ethical decision is made.
All quotes provided were directly taken from Exploring Leadership: For College Students Who Want to Make a Difference unless otherwise indicated.
Komives, Susan R., Nance Lucas, and Timothy R. McMahon. Exploring Leadership: For College Students Who Want to Make a Difference. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2013. Print.