My mom is one of the most inspiring people in my life and what makes her so special is that she seems to have no idea how motivating she is. She has led our family and guided my siblings and I simply by being herself. She leads by example, showing us her values and making sure we live by our own. She carries out this example by pushing us to do volunteer work and joining in herself. She pushes us to treat everyone we meet with respect and I have never heard of her making a rude comment or put someone down.
She teaches us to be proud of who we are and make smart decisions so we will never be ashamed.She genuinely cares for the people she loves and always puts our needs before those of her own. My mother is humble and selfless and works to connect and understand each of her children in order to help us grow emotionally and raise our capacities to laugh at ourselves and never take life too seriously. She is a firm believer in treating everyone equally, but not uniformly. Each challenge that has arisen with each of us children is met with a new process fit to that child’s personality and needs. She adapts so well to in order for the different child to acquire the most insight from her advice.
She looks to the goal of making us children independent, successful, and competent in the world and while she challenges me to push my limits and work through struggles, she also hardly ever criticize me. She is there supporting me whether I win or lose, pass or fail. She is my leadership role model because I want to instill a drive in my followers but also have them know that they are important to me no matter what they accomplish. My mother would agree one must focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses.In my last leadership experience, I led a retreat where the girls in my group were to examine their lives and decide who they want to be inside for the future. My mother’s example helped me give compassion and make these girls comfortable enough to open up and share their experiences.
After taking this leadership class I am even more ready to apply a relationship style leadership to other non-emotional-focused leadership positions. I have taken what my mother has taught me since I was a child and implemented it into a unique leadership style that combines many of the theories and makes it my own brand.