Hello, my name is Selena. I am a Deaf studies major and I have wanted to learn how to becoming a better leader. This semester in Leadership fundamentals, has been a great one. When I first decided to take this class, I originally had done it because my adviser told me that it would a good class to take and it is pretty easy. When I got in the class on the first day our professor wanted us to write a paper about what we thought about leadership and what were somethings that influenced the way we saw leadership. Writing this paper, I had the basic idea of what leadership was, someone that listened, was strong, and had good ideas. Once we started to read the book and really think about what leadership was, we all saw that everyone’s idea of leadership is very different. We wanted to think that there was one way of being a really good leader but we realized that there are many ways of being a good leader. When we go into the second class our teacher asked us again why we were in this class. Many of our answers had changed. I know mine had for sure, mine went from just being in the class because it was recommended to I wanted to become a better leader. I wanted to make a change in the way that I lead at work, in my home life, and in my everyday life out in the world. Taking this class is made me realize that to be a good leader you need to have a very good understanding of others and yourself, you need to be aware of the cultures around you, and realize that there is more than one leadership style.
My three main values that I try to live by in my everyday life are: communication, loyalty, and trust. Each of these values are very important to me. I define communication as talking to someone about any problem, situation, or good thing that comes up in life. Being open and understanding are a big part of communication to me. If you are not open or understanding about the subject that is being communicated then you are not doing a good job at communicating. Defining loyalty is something that everyone looks at differently, to me loyalty is someone that is faithful, honest, respectful and always there for you when you them. Being loyal is something that is very dear to me. The last value that is very important is trust. Trust is the reliability, honesty, and open-mindedness of a person that is close to me. Trust is something that I try to give everyone when I first encounter them, they only lose that trust when they do something to lose it.
Relational Leadership Model
In conclusion, throughout this class I have learned that leaders come in all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. There is no one way to be a good leader, you just have to take it as it comes and hope that you can show people that you are a good leader. In this course it had talked about positive leadership, cultural views on leadership, different leadership styles, understanding change, and the relational leadership model. I feel that with all of these subjects and having a better understanding of them, you can have some guideline to becoming a better leader. People can expect me to take change in a new light and see it as a good thing and be a more positive person through it all.