When I turned six years old my mother and I moved in with a man, whom we lived with for the next six years. He had a very authoritarian approach to parenting, where he established strict rules and I was expected to follow them without an exception all the time. We had the rule where I was not allowed to speak unless spoken to first, so I grew up very quiet. I was not given many reasons for the rules and there was no room for any negotiations with him. He was a constantly berating individual who believed I could never do anything correct. An example of this was when we were working in our vineyard in the pouring rain, I was ten years old and I was quietly crying because it was so cold, he came over and started to berate me on how I was cutting the grape clusters. He took the bucket full of grapes I had cut and threw it saying I couldn’t do a single thing correct and to pick up all the grapes he just threw. He saw the rules and berating ...
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...t want everyone to have a good time. Along empathy and moral courage I am still developing my emotional intelligence. Due to my upbringing I can easily develop interpersonal relationships with others and I am constantly aware of my body language because that is someone’s first impressions of you. My family’s system influences my leadership every day. With training I refuse to berate anyone because I empathize with them on how unproductive that type of feedback is. Also growing up as an only child I was quiet, but always thinking and questioning. In my element I try to be authoritative, holding them to the standards and asking that they put forth their best effort in everything, but still have them know they can talk to me about anything. My past does not define me, but it did build the foundation of why I am motivated to make a difference and to be a trusted leader.
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