During my time at American University, I have evolved tremendously as a leader. I am in my nature a relatively shy person which makes leading and directing others something that I have had to work at. When I first came to American University my leadership style often involved letting team members take the reigns and be in charge of themselves, for the most part, only reacting when one of my team members needed help. This was easiest for me as it didn’t push me out of my comfort zone. However, at the same time, it made my leadership less efficient as I was responding to issues as they arose rather than making goals and tasks clear from the beginning.
During the past two semesters, I have learned that I can lead much better, and more efficiently when I am a proactive leader and set clear goals and expectations, in the beginning, that way I don’t have to respond to issues along the way. By being a proactive leader I’ve learned to demonstrate my needs from others, and here clear feedback from the beginning that way the team can work more efficiently later on.