All entries for Tuesday 18 May 2010
May 18, 2010
Today was particularly a day of self realisation for me as an aspiring leader. We had a class exercise consisting of seven individuals each with a very strong personality. At the beginning it seemed like a potential disaster and I was very apprehensive. As the exercise kicked off, our personalities started to emerge and it was not long before we had about four leaders running the show. I looked at my group members and at some point, they seemed like hyenas devouring their prey. At that point I stepped back and went into silent mode just to mainly observe whilst keeping abreast with the developments. I learnt some essential tips on leadership from the team leader as he continuosly came up to me to inquire about my views and ideas. I realised how effective this was because I immediately felt the urge to participate in the task. I also realised that effective leadership is not always about being at the forfront of every situation. It involves making sound judgements and stepping aside occassionally for others to take charge. On a conclusive note, I realised that a good leader must be a good observer.