Leading

If by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

 

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools

I have had leadership opportunity in collegiate Track and Cross Country, A cappella choir, tour management committee, and Chamber choir. In each of these, I have been able to work within a team and also provide input. Each group has also taught me the value of allowing others to lead and collaborating with others.

I personally believe that the best way to lead is by example. Often, people think that the loudest voice is the leader, but I believe the quiet voice has power. As a teacher, that opportunity of leader takes on a more defined role, but teachers can still act as facilitators by modeling the patience and communication that they want their students to show.

I have always loved putting things together and enjoy positions of leadership that allow me to organize and execute goals. I do not hesitate to step up and take charge when a leader is needed. In faith, I strive to reflect Christ's love and lead by living. In academics, I contribute my all to learning more and working hard to collect a repertoire of tools for my future classroom. I feel I am never done learning.