My name is Shiho Nakano, and I am an international student in USF from Japan. I am a senior, majoring in Psychology. I like traveling, and trying new things like foods and lots of places! Yes, as you guessed, I love Sushi so much
My leadership philosophy is “people are power, differences in people are a huge power. Loving these differences of others is the greatest power!” This statement contains several leadership styles of mine. The first component is inclusiveness, which means understanding and encouraging the difference of people in terms of their culture, views, ways of thinking, values, beliefs and perspectives. Instead of focusing on the difference to distinguish and judge people for their differences, considering good aspects of their differences sometimes can let us reach to an incredible achievement. This is because people with different perspectives and cultures have their ideas that you will never come up with. In addition, I often emphasize the importance of positivity as my leadership style. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying we should never see the bad and negative things, but I strongly feel that being positive is definitely the key to be successful as a leader. bringing positivity can enable us to create a positive environment where people can work hard to be better, and people shows that they care about the shared purpose. Positivity also creates a great relationship with others, because who doesn't like and who doesn't want to involve with happy people! Lastly, I am a problem-solver, as opposed to an idea-giver. I personally like to see a lot of details in the situations and like to come up with the solutions and changes we can make. When we are trying to achieve our goal, there are always going to be obstacles and problems in front of us, so I think a problem-solver can be considered the important position who tackles to those potential issues. Before taking the Leadership Fundamentals course, I would never have considered myself as a potential leader, because I used to think that leaders have to be solitary, genius, and perfect, such as Steve Jobs. He is on top of everything, and he decides things mostly by himself, rather than discussing with his employees. I, sadly, does not fall into any characteristics of “my ideal leader”, so I used to think being a leader is so far away from me. However, while learning in this course, I have realized that leaders can be in any forms, as long as they are dedicated to striving hard to reach their goals. In addition to a leader with perfection, I think a person who fails a lot and struggles a lot can be an as great leader. achieving the goal, no matter how many times they have failed can show people the importance of being persistent, dedicated, and being honest.t.
My Core Value
My core values, that are fundamental to my actions and thoughts, are family, harmony, learning, and diversity. Firstly, I consider family as one of the most important things in my life. Every possible actions and decision I make, the first thing I think about is what my family would think of me doing it. My rightness and wrongness are mostly based on what my family has taught me, and that would not be able to be changed. my family gives me a purpose for my life because the primary reason why I challenge to do new things and to explore new adventures is to honor my family for the respect of raising me patiently and providing me abundantly. The second core value is harmony. This is heavily influenced by the collective culture of Japan I grew up because we emphasize the harmony of the community, and we make sure the community is run well without flaws. I believe that it is important to think about other people around you, care about them even if you are not close, or you are not an acquaintance. Compassion is also a huge part of the reasons why I value harmony. I think humans are not able to function well alone, and we always need people around. Giving and getting the compassion is a necessary aspect for me because people rely on each other when having negative thoughts and emotions, and that is the most effective way for me to get over the emotional obstacles. the third core value is learning. I believe that I will continuously learn something every day for my entire life because there will be always something new in front of you. The more you explore new things, the newer things and new perspectives will be ahead of you. It has become one of my core value because of my grandfather. He used to tell me how important to have skills and knowledge to survive with his stories about him when he was a soldier during World War II. He was assigned to the list of soldiers for Kamikaze, which was guaranteed 100% rate of death. However, because he was a graduate of an industrial high school in Japan, he was skilled and knowledgeable about mechanics. This is the only reason why he could get out of the Kamikaze list because they wanted him to make weapons instead. The last value is diversity. It used not to be a core value to me, but coming to the U.S. for studying abroad truly changed my perspective on diversity. Interacting with people from so many different countries and cultures made me realized how narrow my perspectives used to be, and I am glad that I have met lots of friends who changed my perspectives for that.
Takeaways from the class
Although there was a lot of things I have learned from this class, in terms of the concepts and theories, I picked 5 takeaways I actually got to experience in the class or outside the class while learning the concepts!
1. Leadership can be practiced!
2. Don't assume before doing
3. Leading people is not making in your own way
4. It is important to understand yourself, especially your strengths!
5. ANYONE CAN BE A LEADER!!
To sum up, even though experiencing the struggles of being a leader is possibly the best way to learn to be an effective leader, I believe that I got provided the indications of my actions when it eventually comes to leading people through being exposed to an abundant of concepts of leadership. Also, I think it was very valuable to understand that there is no right or wrong in leadership so that I will be able to remind myself that every challenge and every failure means a lot in order to take a huge step toward being an effective leader.
With the knowledge I have got in this course, I intend to try every possible change that I can lead something around me without being afraid of challenging, and without thinking that “someone will do it not me”.
Others will be able to expect patience and inclusiveness from me as a leader. I believe that it is an important step in order to learn through failure and that opportunities should be provided to anyone. As a leader, I will be patient as much as possible to give people chances to learn by experiencing and struggling with their challenges. Also, inclusiveness is one of an essential aspect when it comes to having an effective leadership because I believe that the best idea comes from integrating ideas of people from different values, perspective, and cultures. As a leader, I will be striving to be the best in terms of including others, giving a diversity in the group, and considering the differences of people as the greatest power that leads us to create the best world.