As someone who enjoys assessing human
behavior, I intend to be a global management consultant who can positively
influence others, and a good role model in my family. I always believe by
reflecting my thoughts, it helps me to assess and understand a situation better.

However, leadership had never strike my mind as I have always assumed that
leaders are born with certain traits and charisma, which I do not possess.  

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Vision and charisma are the major leadership-related traits (Birk, 2010). However, personality and emotional
intelligence (EI) are also significant aspects of leadership. (Stogdill, 1974).

Although I may not be a charismatic personnel, I can learn to master my focus and
attention to be in command regardless of the setting. According to Goleman
(2013), focusing constructively on both self and others enables leaders to develop
the key components of EI and focus can be strengthened as it is not a talent
but a willingness to exercise.

 

            Skills wise, I have to be
continuously developing my conceptual, problem-solving, social-judgement and
knowledges as it is important to keep myself up-to-date in the quickly-changing
environment nowadays. My weakest skill is always my interpersonal skills. Strong
interpersonal skills can help to build strong relationships and respects in all
settings. Thus, it remains to be my top-prioritized improvement to focus on.

 

            As a good listener, I
always think that everyone has their own point-of-view and strengths. I am always
taking others’ opinions into account. However, my existence has eventually
become oblivious and my words appear to be unimportant many times as I was
taken for granted. I have always believed in flexibility as I assume that we
are aware that we are responsible for our own actions. In this case, I would
say that I have been applying delegating leadership style in all the
circumstances.

 

            I have to learn to
apply situational
leadership which is comprised of both directive and supportive aspects to
overcome the weaknesses of my current leadership style. I need to first
determine what is necessary in the situation by evaluating the situation and
assessing the party involved before deciding which leadership style to use. There
is no one style that will fit everyone in all settings. Thus, it is very
important to be aware of the change of environment, settings, and the
competencies of parties involved.

 

            Effective leadership
cannot be built overnight. It takes perseverance and daily practice. The same
applies to love, and health. A day of continuous 8-hours work-out does not
build a healthy body, but1-hour work-out every day does. Love cannot be proven by
saying 1,000 times of “I love you” in one-shot but it takes continuous patience
and effort. Likewise, an intensive 8-hours leadership training does not make me
a good leader but continuous reflections and improvements do.

 

            In conclusion, I intend to be a respectful influencer in
both business and non-business settings. In my opinion, an influencer is a transformational leader who generate change while motivating
and nurturing the followers. I want to be a respectable leader whose personal
power is given by my followers due to their trust in me to bring value. Leadership is a combination of the
application of appropriate personalities, behaviors, and capabilities. Everyone
has a certain individual leadership potential, and it is important to determine
and maximize that potential (Northouse, 2004).