When I look at myself, I often see a follower instead of a leader. I mean of course I have moments when I can see myself step up and take charge or get really involved in something, but I don’t really see myself as a dominant leader. I often just fit into the background somewhere and never really get the spotlight put on me.
Growing up I never wanted to cause any trouble so I learned really quickly how to go with the flow and it has stuck with me ever since. I am a firm believer that everyone should laugh at him or herself and let the little things go. Being really easy going does affect the way that I lead in certain situations. For example, instead of sticking up for something I believe in I’ll just let it slide because I know it really wont make that much of a difference.
Another thing I learned that has stuck with me and helped mold me into the person I am today is if everyone is trying to be a leader it doesn’t work very well. This caused me to become a follower early on in my life. I was and still am to some extent, the type of person that will do whatever is needed behind the scenes. I still believe that in many cases it is better to be a follower than a leader and that followers are just as important as those that lead.
I know that I have flaws as a leader, we all do. Mine were first exposed when I became president of my student council and I am still dealing with them today. I have found that I am terrible at delegating and I would much rather do everything myself so that I know it gets done the right way. This often interferes with group projects, but I am proud to say that I am slowly figuring out how to put more trust into other people. Another major problem I have is that I get really stressed out when I am the only person trying to accomplish something. This too has gotten a lot better but I am still struggling with it.