Curious to know who I was before all of this happened? Take a read of my self analysis paper I wrote for my Leadership class two semesters ago. It’s pretty corny but got me an A and the professor enjoyed getting to know the “true” me behind the smile. I figured I would share it to shed a positive light ….
January 28th, 2014
In car turns on radio station…
“Good morning Delaware bringing you today’s top hits on this frosty morning let’s start it off with a little fire, Burn by Ellie Goulding.” “When the light started out they don’t know what they heard / Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world / We’ll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky / ‘Cause we got the fire, fire, fire / And we gonna let it burn” (Tedder, R. & Goulding E, 2013, track 1). “Yes we got the fire on this chilly Monday morning. Up next get ready to release your inner tiger with Roar by Katy Perry.” “I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire / ‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar / Louder, louder than a lion” (Luke, D, 2013, track 1). “Check out Katy Perry’s Roar music video on our website. Now here’s your host with today’s commentary on these two fabulous music selections and how they relate to her leadership style…”
Thanks Jim! I see myself as music lyrics. Music lyrics can be interpreted by the listener to gain understanding and meaning of what the song writer is trying to portray. As the listener, I become the music lyric and create a mental picture on what each lyric means to me. In Ellie Goudling’s song “Burn” when she sings, “Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world / We’ll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky”, I picture myself encouraging a group of people to share their goal with the rest of the world (Tedder, R. & Goulding E, 2013, track 1). These lyrics relate how I enjoy building a cohesive environment. According to the 7.1 Setting the Tone Questionnaire, I have scored a 20 for building cohesiveness placing me in the high range. I encourage group members to not only appreciate the value of the overall group, but I also encourage members to listen to each other’s opinion. For example, when a resident have proposed a great program idea, I encourage the resident to present the idea at a floor meeting to allow other floormates to share the responsibilities to create a successful program.
In addition to building cohesiveness, I also possess several leadership traits that relate to my ability to help build special connections within a group. These leadership traits are musically shown when I listen to Katy Perry’s “Roar”: “I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire / ‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar” (Luke, D, 2013, track 1). The 2.1 Leadership Traits Questionnaire shows I have scored high ratings in determined, perceptive, self-assured, persistent, and diligent. As a leader, I have a clear direction to what I want to accomplish and I am focused on achieving that specific goal. For example, I am determined to lower my cholesterol before my next doctor’s visit and I have created the appropriate steps to achieve this goal. In her song, Katy Perry sings, “and you’re gonna hear me roar.” I am not afraid to voice my opinion and stand up for beliefs. As a Resident Assistant I tell my residents’ how I feel about them choosing to party over doing their homework, but I do not let my opinion impede their decisions; I want to keep the trust and respect I have gained from them. Now back to Jim with today’s top hits.
“Back on the music come up is Sara Bareilles with Brave.” “Say what you wanna say / And let the words fall out / Honestly I wanna see you be brave” (Bareilles,S. & Endert, M., 2013, track 1). “Let us ‘brave’ the possible storm in our forecast this week. Next we have the new up and coming artist with her new single Team, Lorde.” “We live in cities you’ll never see on screen / Not very pretty, but we sure how to run things / Living in ruins of the palace within my dreams / And you know we’re on each other’s team / I’m kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in air, so there” (Yelich-O’Connor, E.& Little, J, 2013, track 1). “Such an angelic voice… again that was Team by Lorde. Tell us, how does Brave and Team relate to your leadership experience?”
Great question Jim. In Sara Bareilles “Brave”, I imagine myself trying something new for the first time and being brave in the process. Being a leader is all about taking risks and looking beyond your boundaries to achieve greatness. Currently, I am in the ‘challenge the process’ stage of my leadership experience. Kouzes and Posner notes in The Leadership Challenge, “You have to break out of the norms that box you in. You have to do the things you think you cannot,” (p.188). For instance, my Greek advisors have appointed me to run for Presidency next year. I am afraid to take on more responsibility, but I know I have the skills and competence to run the organization. I am willing to try something new and look at this opportunity as a learning experience.
Correspondingly, Lorde’s “Team” illustrates that I am a transformational leader. “And you know we’re on each other’s team / I’m kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in air, so there” (Yelich-O’Connor, E.& Little, J, 2013, track 1). According to the 7.1 Leadership Style Questionnaire, I have scored the highest in democratic leadership showing I am most dominant in this leadership style. When I listen to “Team”, I imagine myself providing guidance to a team to complete their work. Northouse states that democratic leaders “provide information without giving orders” (p.56). As a leader, I do not like to give orders to others because I want them to become responsible and develop originality to complete the task. My democratic leadership style is seen when I work with my residents to plan floor socials. I avoid giving them instructions on how I want the program to run; I encourage and support their decision making. Through this process, I have gained my residents respect and trust allowing them to think for themselves.
“Excellent commentary. You know what? Now I am thinking about my leadership style. Hopefully this next song can provide me with some direction…Here’s Kelly Clarkson’s ‘What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)’ single. This is B101 radio.” “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger / Stand a little taller / Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m lonely when I’m alone / What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter / Footsteps even lighter / Doesn’t mean I’m over cause you’re gone” (Elofsson, J., 2011, track 2). “To wrap up your morning drive to work, school, or play here’s OneRepublic with Counting Stars.” “Lately I been, I been losing sleep / Dreaming about the things that we could be / But baby, I been, I been prayin’ hard / Said no more counting dollars / We’ll be counting stars” (Tedder,R. & Zancanella, N., 2013, track 1). “Alright ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, I am off the air but here is your other host and her final thoughts on how she wants to improve herself as a leader.”
Thanks Jim. One thing I have learned about being a leader is identifying my strengths and how to tailor my strengths to accomplish my goals. My favorite verse in Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” is when she sings, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger / Stand a little taller” (Elofsson, J., 2011, track 2). This particular verse represents how I appreciate my downfalls and weaknesses because there is always an opportunity to turn those downfalls into a strength. According to the 4.1 Task and Relationship Questionnaire, I have scored higher in the task oriented leadership style to reflect my passion to give more attention to my goals and accomplishments rather than people related matters. As secretary for my sorority, I enjoy creating the monthly calendars, taking minutes, and preparing the agendas.
Nonetheless, I am not the “perfect” leader. There is still room for improvement and growth which comes with time and experience. As a leader, I want to improve my relational leadership behavior because I do love people; however I lack the skills to maintain those relationships. One specific area I plan to work on is being more available to my followers (i.e. residents) to build stable relationships. This includes being more social and expressing interest in their personal needs. In addition to improving my relationship behavior, I also want to get started on implementing my personal vision. My vision is to create a scholarship fund in my name for young woman diagnosed with mental and anxiety disorders. I have a mental disorder and I know the struggle I have between balancing my disorder and classes. My passion is to encourage young women to pursue a college degree despite the disorder. My next step is to collaborate with sponsors and foundations that support similar causes to help accomplish my goal. Well, that is all for today, this is your host signing off, have a great day.
Turns off radio.