December 7, 2012
The Art of Leadership
I have played football my whole life so I have been around a lot of leadership and developed some of my own leadership skills. I have always felt like I was a pretty good leader, but after this semester I have greatly improved on many of my leadership skills. Although I still have some weaknesses when it comes to leadership, this semester has helped me learn a lot about myself as a leader and as a person.
Over the semester I learned that I have much more leadership potential than I thought. Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs them in a way that makes the unit more cohesive and coherent. Obviously, leadership can be learned but, the skills and knowledge processed by a leader can be influenced by their traits such as beliefs, ethics, and character. Before this semester I felt that I possessed many of the traits that a good leader would need to have. I am a very motivated person and I pride myself on my beliefs. Throughout the semester I learned how important it is to use my motivation to motivate others and to inspire them to become the best they can be at whatever it is they are doing. In my case, most of the time I am leading on the football field. I am constantly pushing my teammates to their limits and helping them achieve, not only their individual goals but, the goals of our team. I also learned that while it is important to understand my traits for being a good leader, I need to understand my follower’s traits as well. It is extremely important to know what type of person they are so that I can motivate them in ways that are relatable to them. For example, a teammate who already has a high motivation will need to be communicated to in a different way than a teammate who lacks motivation.