Thursday, September 29 2011

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Look at the ripples you are creating

In life we all have our strengths and weaknesses, or opportunities to excel and make a difference. But have you ever thought of yourself as a leader?

Everyone has leadership qualities, whether it is honestly, loyalty, compassion, determination, independence or courage, but do you realise how much of an impact you have on others? Next time you are in public look around at the people surrounding you. You will realise that people lead naturally. You’ll see Mother’s leading their children, friends giving each other advice, shop assistants following the steps of their employers etc. There is always someone who looks up to you in a way and falls under the influence of your leadership skills.

So what makes a good leader? And how can we, as individuals, develop good leadership skills to brighten out future?

Personal qualities are a key component to developing good leadership skills. Whether you are an outgoing person or a shy person (Check out a previous blog Love an Introvert x for info on Introverts & Extroverts) or an individual who has strengths, you are a leader in some way.  Sometimes we are just unaware of our leadership qualities or too scared to use them. These qualities can include determination, trustworthiness, friendliness, kind-heartedness, a genuine personality or someone who always ensures everybody gets an equal go at tasks. These qualities are always present in the workplace, the schoolyard and even in social groups, and whether you realize it or not your friends have a ripple effect on you. However this is not a bad thing, as the people who we surround ourselves with in life help us to become the person we are today.

Think of a time you have ever sought advice from a family member or a close friend,( I know for a fact I have too many times to count!). Some of the most popular topics that young people of today seek advice for include sex, boys, friends, schoolwork, money and wellbeing/health, (visit our topics pages for more info!), and the people adolescents feel most comfortable talking about these issues with are people they are closest to.

Seeking advice takes courage and trust therefore it brings out the leadership qualities within you but also in the person whom you are confiding with.  Some people are better at giving advice than others and it is okay if you aren’t very good at advice giving because not everyone is.

The easiest way to be a ‘leader of the pack’ and to display your individual qualities with pride is to not only be yourself, but to accept advice from others and observe the behaviour of different personalities. This strengthens your awareness of the environment around you and also builds your interaction/people skills to prepare you for any situation that may result in you assisting someone who is the parallel of your own personality. Learning off others and letting everyone being entitled to their own opinion ensures that a positive environment is created that is equitable and enjoyable for everyone. So be a ‘leader of the pack’ and make an influence on others today, you never know what you might learn or what skills you may develop by having a conversation with someone.

What you do think? Leave us a comment below and join the conversation.

By Jess.

A bit about Jess: Hi my name is Jess, I’m am 16 and live on the Sunshine Coast in QLD. I am passionate about the dramatic arts and I want to help improve Australia’s future by getting involved with any extra curricular activities I can. I love to write and I value friends and family because at the end of the day they are the people that will always be there for you.

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