On My Personal Best Leadership Experience
Are leaders born or made? They are made, definitely. No one starts out a great leader; it takes time to grow and develop into a great leader. Just as Jago said, “good leaders develop through a never ending process of self-study, education, training and experience.” In my experience, one of the best ways to truly learn and improve oneself is to be in the leadership position. Think back over the past years, I fortunately had some leadership experience that really taught me a lot.
My best leadership experience dates back to my first year in high school. At that time there was a singing contest in our school, taking class as a unit. The class that won the contest would get the opportunity to represent our school to complete with other school in Tianhe District. Since I was the monitor, I was put in charge of the preparation for this competition. And we only got two weeks to prepare.
To be honest, I was somewhat unwilling to undertake this job because of my lack of confidence. I always doubted if I would lead my class to failure or I would disappoint my teacher. I felt much pressure and responsibility on me at that time. My teacher encouraged me to trust myself and, more important, trust my team. Those words really motivated me. If I didn’t even believe myself, how could I win their trust towards me? Most importantly, I trust my classmates, and that’s the largest source of my confidence. Having the hesitation removed, I summoned up all my confidence and passion and started to prepare for the competition.
We faced many difficulties along the way. The first problem was about choosing a song related to school life. Although I was the team leader, I didn’t want to make the decision only by my own. I wanted to ask for their opinion and make the decision together. However, they had various opinions and each held fast to their own views. The only way I could figure out at that moment was to vote. I wrote down...