How to Make A Leader By Megan Waddell

Start with the Basics

It's essential to start with the basics when it comes to making a leader. You have to know where to start so you know where to go. Learning what your leadership style is and how your personality plays a role is the starting line.

My leadership style has evolved to be supportive with a sprinkle of authoritative. I like to let others get comfortable and learn/work at their own pace. Only when it is absolutely necessary will I assert any authority. As far as personality goes, Myers Briggs tells me that I am an ISFJ type of leader and StrengthsQuest tells me I am focused, disciplined, always learning and always problem solving.

A Look Back in time

Observing where you came from is helpful because it allows you to measure how much you are learning and changing. Change is also good because it means you are experiencing something new each day.

My views on leadership have changed drastically and I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to change the way I lead and work with others.

The Most Important Outcome

I think that what is most important about becoming a leader is not all of the little pieces that you pick up along the way but how you put them together and utilize them in each unique situation. Think of it like a puzzle, except you can change the pieces of leadership!

Not every aspect of leadership is taught to you along the way. Sometimes you have to take the good with the bad and deal with it. By taking all of the positives, I have learned how to approach the difficult times and adapt them into learning opportunities.

Keep This in Mind

A leaders is someone that takes into consideration each and every person in their community. Their background, values, and current lifestyle dictates how they react and its important to understand that there is a valid reason behind that reaction.

My biggest take away has been to think about what may be affecting the other person or group involved in the situation. We live a turbulent society where small things trigger a reaction and having a lack of understanding why that occurs doesn't benefit the situation. Blue Chip has taught me to be more understanding of others and consider what they must be going through before jumping to conclusions.

What the FUture Holds

Whether you know where you're going or not, flexibility and adaptation are important qualities in a leader. Being able to change the course you're on allows you to be open-minded about what the future may hold for you.

I am not 100% sure what I will be doing after college but I know that I want to work with people and pass on my knowledge. Whether that be in a leadership setting or one related to my degree, I will have to wait and see. My interests closest to my degree are with infectious diseases and the treatments or vaccinations that are used or could be developed to treat them. I may even end up with the CDC at some point down the road.

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