Leadership has very different interpretations. It is a concept that only each individual has to decide for themselves how it will be interpreted. For me, leadership is credibility, understanding, confidence and delegation.
- Credibility: in order to have followers you must earn the trust of those followers. TO be a leader, people around you have to want to follow you, if they cannot trust you, nothing will get done. As a leader, I want people to see me as one that makes good decisions, has made good decisions in the past and will make good decisions in the future.
- Understanding: As a leader, you must understand different concepts, you must understand your followers and you must understand how to lead. For me, understanding and being relatable are the two best ways to have the credibility to be a leader.
- Confidence: People want a leader who knows what they are doing, or at least act like they know what they are doing. Confidence is key in gaining follers. If you are not proud of what you believe in and do not take full faith in what you are doing then people will not see that you are confident and will not want to follow you.
- Delegation: now here is where we answer if leadership is yes or no. Delegating tasks and duties has to be one of the most important things as a leader. Sometimes as a leader you must say NO. To truly be a leader you must lead people to things that you believe are right. For example, if Steve Jobs did not delegate he would never have had the fortune and product that he did. He delegated who made the phones, who marketed the phones and who sold the phones. It was not a one man job. To get a task done you need to recognize that you can say no to a task and you can delegate it to someone else.
Leadership is sometimes saying no. For your mental health and for your sanity, you must say no from time to time. Everyone is human, yes they may have a gift in leading, however that does not mean they must do everything. No is a strong word and allowing for yourself to see that it is okay to say no is something every leader must do to be successful in that they believe in.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” -John Quincy Adams
For my current Leader Reflection, I had many leaders I could have chosen from. Many people say our country has no leaders that have affected our country in a positive way in a long time yet, I disagree in many ways. Tulsi Gabbard is a thirty-five-year-old woman who has shown signs of leadership her entire life. She served in the combat zone in Iraq until 2006 and then volunteered to go again in 2009. Tulsi Gabbard also was the youngest women to be elected to a state legislature in 2002-2004 at the age of twenty-one, she served in the Hawaiian House of Representatives. Then in 2013, she was elected into the United States House of Representatives where she currently resides.
Tulsi Gabbard is a leader in a multitude of different ways. She served overseas, in the combat zone in Iraq. To me, this shows bravery and leadership. She has created credibility to lead by actually going into the field and working one on one with people she would eventually lead. To me, the most important part of being a leader is your ethos or credibility. If you are not credible, no one will want to follow you. I also believe she is a leader because she did not let being women get in the way of following her dreams. She was involved in the government as young as twenty-one. She made huge decisions and giant leaps for civilians at such a young age. She never let anything hold her back, and to me, that is a remarkable thing to do as a young lady today.
Recently, Tulsi Gabbard traveled to Syria to meet with the civilians and see what their everyday life was living under a dictatorship and having terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and Isis invading their country. During her trip, she discovered that what we have previously done to “help their country” is only hurting the people and it’s government. During her secret seven-day trip, she had the opportunity to meet with Syria’s president Asaad in which she discussed ways to help eliminate terrorist groups and the wars being fought there. She discussed with the president ways they can improve the country so that people who live there can return home.
To me, that shows an immense amount of leadership. She not only went to go and see what life was like there for herself, however, she also was brave and met with the President. She has affected so many people and she is still so very young. It is sad to me that her story will not be recognized on a national level, and she will not have the chance to be recognized like she should be. Our nation needs more leaders like Tulsi to be recognized so that our nation can have more hope for its people.