What makes an effective leader?
Effective leaders share three main characteristics. They take initiative and approach the leadership position with confidence to earn the respect of those they are leading quickly. An effective leader is also the first to pick up a friend when he is down and encourage him to keep pushing forward. They teach with a kind hand and instill their same confidence and initiative in the ones they are leading with the goal of creating more effective leaders. They are compassionate and understanding and work to build the trust of those around them. Effective leaders have the ability to genuinely relate to and appreciate another person’s perspective. Finally, and most importantly, an effective leader leads by example; he realizes that his leadership position isn’t meant to reside in power over another person but rather to serve them and to form them into a leader as well. With the characteristics and attributes of initiative, understanding, and appreciation, an effective leader can serve to inspire and motivate one to step into a position of leadership.
Tell us what has been your single greatest leadership accomplishment?
During my sophomore year of high school, a very good friend of mine, Caitlin Buemi, died in a one person car crash. She was rushing to get home and was extremely intoxicated with marijuana and alcohol. Caitlin wrapped her car around a tree and was killed instantly. Through this tragedy a lot of interest was sparked around school about the statistics of teen death due to driving under the influence. My two best friends and I began researching the topic and learned of the horrifying statistics. We started talking about the issue to other friends and that led to the formation of the club “Ambassadors Against Drugs and Alcohol.” We posted flyers around our school campus and made frequent announcements to support our new program. It quickly grew into a school-wide campaign to stop driving under the influence. The formation of...