Leadership means empowering others to be the best by helping them realize their potential and providing a path for them to reach it.
This page is dedicated to the final course focus of Leadership. The first activity of this semester, entitled "In The Room," asked me to pause, take stock of ordinary items in a room, and create an image that uses those objects to shape a definition of leadership. Above, you can see the mantra and image created from this assignment The process for the assignment is below:
My emotional state is frustrated. I am standing in my classroom, which can be the source of some of my greatest accomplishments and greatest frustrations. The current state of frustration stems from the stress of the end of the semester approaching.
I randomly selected six objects. The thought process I went through in connecting these objects to leadership shaped my view of what leadership really means. The objects connect to leadership in the following ways:
Calculator: Leaders calculate what needs to be changed, defines the path to create the change, and calculates the risk of the path they set forth.
Scissors: Leaders cut negativity that is standing in the way of successful results. They lead with positivity to change negative attitudes along the way.
Apples/Oranges: These things mean sustenance to me. They also mean pausing to provide yourself with necessary nourishment. Sometimes, that nourishment does not come in the form of caloric intake. Great leaders have faith in the people they are working with and pause to listen to those people. It is critical that we pause to take care of ourselves and it is equally critical that we pause to consider the input of others.
Pen and Paper: The pen and paper symbolizing planning for success. It is necessary to plan and have backup plans for each plan. Roadblocks occur so plans must change as things move forward.
Measuring tape: Leaders measure success and are never completely satisfied until goals are meet. They analyze each measurement and alter plans accordingly.
Conference book: Leaders share their knowledge with everyone. They share successes and they share the process they went through to achieve those successes so that others can learn from them.