It’s a question that comes up in every job or internship interview I’ve ever done: what are some examples where you have shown leadership?
They ask it for everyone.
They asked me in my job interview last week. I had some good answers (or at least I thought so) on places where I think I show leadership. One of them, obviously, was in past classes where I take the lead on projects or in group settings. Any of you who have worked with me know that I do like taking the lead. It’s natural and I think I’m a fair leader who pulls his own weight.
As many of you know, I’m also an ice hockey referee. That is a different style of leadership because I have to be professional, calm and judgemental while not leading the game in a certain direction. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but it does to me.
All of that is beside the point I’m trying to make: is there a way to balance leading and following? Because it seems to me, through our books, stories and just personal experiences, that leadership is something people are either born with or inherently pick up. And I get that feeling from every person, fellow or attache, in this class is a natural leader. We wouldn’t be here if we weren’t.
So how do we find the balance and the right time to lead in a room full of leaders? I think it’s based around listening and timing. For our legacy project, we are in great hands. Emily, Caroline, Kelsea, Annie, and Lubna (and whoever else I missed) are doing awesome. This is their time to really lead the project. For us others, our time to lead within the confines of the project hasn’t come yet.
But it will. And when it does, we need to be ready to step up and help the group leaders.
As for the balancing act, I think it will be easier in this class than in others because everyone is so capable.