My name is Suzanne Fahmy, i am a junior at the University of South Florida. At the beginning of the semester I had a whole other point of view about leadership. I originally thought that leadership was a trait that cannot be taught, you're either born a natural leader or you're just not. After I took the Leadership Fundamentals class I learned that many characteristics could be taught for a person to become a leader. I cannot say I am 100% sure that this is the case but studies have shown that a person can in fact grow up to learn these characteristics. Ones like public speaking, communication skills,…
My philosophy always included a solo leadership, one that involves only one leader and not more. During class I learned about the shared leadership, the relational leadership model and many other notions; but the point is I learned that being a leader doesn’t mean doing everything on your own but it means taking charge and guiding a certain group of people while respecting them, letting them contribute their ideas, and listen to what they have to say.
My 3 core values are trust, approval and diversity. I believe that as a leader I need to have some kind of trust towards the people working with me and also gain everyone’s trust, or at least everyone that is following me. They have to have confidence in me and I also have to confide in them. For a leader to become a leader he has to be credible and that is also another sub-point to my first core value. My second one is approval and that can be viewed as acceptance from the people following me and for me to accept them to follow me but it also means having an open minded and accepting new ideas and different ideas from your own. Finally, my last one is diversity, and to me that means different cultures, various languages and people from all around the world from different countries
Leaders think we're all winners
No denial in leadership
A leader respects everyone around them
A leader does't give up
Leadership can be taught
My experience throughout the class is going to help lead my new style of leadership. I learned many notions and forms to use to become a better leader; which I will eventually put to trial once I am in a leadership position. I definitely had a paradigm shift during our lessons, I don’t think I will ever use the same approaches I used before. I am more open to new ideas now, more respectful towards other opinions and more acceptant to criticism.