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360 Degree Leader – Section Two

Challenge One: Tension

In stressful situations, I often deal with tension by laying it out and figuring out what is causing it. I step back, take a deep breath and start listing things, prioritizing things. School during the end of each semester usually adds tension to my life, especially when it conflicts with big dance events. I start making lists of homework assignments, of dance competition times, of other things I need to do and I compile and schedule until I feel everything is accounted for and that I won’t run out of time. That almost always relieves the tension a fair bit.

Challenge Two: Frustration

When I was younger, my class had a student teacher that was very ineffective. My class talked to the guidance counselor and normal teacher about what we should do to be able to still learn effectively. They told us “You tend to give this class 110% which is great, however with that level of engagement, you and this teacher will clash. Therefore, go in with 80%. Still try hard in class but when you come across a situation you have an issue with don’t go all in. Try and let it just happen.” From this, I started looking for the good parts in my leader (teacher) and when I came across an issue, I mentally withdrew from the problem a little bit so that I was in a state of mind that allowed me to see where this leader was coming from. With these problems, I tended to talk with the teacher out of class time to work out the problem that was almost always caused through ineffective communication. After, I made sure clarification was found with my peers as well.

Challenge Three: Multi-Hat

I wear many different hats. At school, I am a learner. I am also a clarifier and helper. At home I am a daughter and a helper. I am a sister. When I babysit, I am a parental figure and a care-giver. I am a listener and an assistor at dance. At youth group, I am a musician, a singer, and a learner just as I am at school. Among my friends I am a listener, an advice-giver and someone who cares. Some of my hats I seem to never take off.  Others I don’t even own.

Challenge Four: Ego

I believe that I tend to focus more energy on production than promotion. I find production to mean getting tasks done with promotion being getting credit for the task. I feel as though I definitely put getting tasks done first. If I am working on a project to others, everyone is needed for the project. I’ll make sure I do my own work and I help others if they can’t get their tasks done.

Challenge Five: Fulfillment

There are many pros and cons to being at the front. Advantages include having more control, having a greater perspective and often having high authority and say in decisions, even though it falls under the position myth. One also tends to get more credit as the face of the project. On the other hand, one tends to get the blame for any fall outs. Being in the front requires having more responsibilities and requires a lot of hard work to make sure everything is running smoothly and fixing anything that is not.

Challenge Six: Vision

I relate to my committee’s vision by finding parts I agree with, if not all of it. I find parts that I support and align myself with tasks that that builds off of.

Challenge Seven: Influence

I experience the influence challenge through lack of recognition. While I strive to become a person whom people want to follow, I find difficultly in expressing any qualities I develop. I find that I tend to not take opportunities that will show others my levels of competency, care and character, among other things. I lack ability to show my influence.

360 Degree Leader – Section One

Myth One:

A person does not need to possess the top title to achieve results and help others become productive. Look at a classroom. Though a student does not have as high a title as a teacher, one can still be asked for explanations, opinions or missed instructions. A student can still ask others to stay on task and help others with concepts that may be hindering productivity.

Myth Two:

I become the person I desire to be by analyzing the person that that is. I find the differences between who I am and who I want to be and find ways to make those changes. Let’s say I want to be a drummer. I find the difference (being able to drum) and make the change (learn how to drum).

Myth Three:

I am prompted to follow someone else when I agree with what they stand for and feel what they are doing will be effective. I follow someone if they are reliable and reasonable. I tend to follow people I deem trust worthy.

Myth Four:

Chairs of committees should take in to consideration many things before making a decision. Things like ‘Is this decision the most logical decision?”, “Will we have time to go through with it?” and  “Is this manageable with the amount of people we have?” are things to consider. When assigning tasks, chairs will have to consider the schedule of the members. “Will they be able to complete this task?”

Myth Five:

The chairs in a committee answer to Ms. Mulder and the project managers. They also accommodate the needs of the committee, leading them to answer to their committee as well.  It can be argued that they answer to other committees as well in the sense that they help fulfill tasks that are required of their committee by other committees and tasks that require two committees.

Myth Six:

I am capable of achieving high marks and success in my school work. I am capable of achieving to receive my Doctor of Medicine and my Bachelor’s from UBC. Me reaching my full potential would have me as a forensic pathologist. I am capable of achieving balance between all aspects of my life allowing me to reach a sense of balance and lack of stress.

Myth Seven:

Though many will not gain CEO status, that doesn’t mean that one should give up leading altogether. Though not a CEO, one leads in many aspects of their life. Parents lead their kids and influence their beliefs and behavior. People lead friends by helping them to problem solve and work through issues. People can lead others by being positive role models. You don’t have to be a CEO to lead a person. You may be leading someone without even knowing by being an inspiration or positive influence. Embrace that you can lead people even from a lower position.