The Qualities It Takes to Bcome a Great Leader an Person
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We all know that ROTC is about leadership. But what is leadership? What does leadership mean? And how can you become a leader? John Quincy Adams once said, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." Honestly when I decided to transfer to UTC and register for ROTC, I was thinking “what am I getting myself into?” I always had passion for the military, but I couldn’t believe I was wavering a Track and Field scholarship to join an organization I hardly knew anything about, apart from commercials, documentaries and films. However, the more I think about it, the more I realize that during the past two years I’ve learned so much about myself and the qualities it takes to become a great leader and a great person.
This semester along with participating in LTC over the summer I’ve learned leadership is more than being in charge. It’s about, “utilizing and developing skills to influence a group of individuals to achieve a common goal.” The goal is attained by mutual cooperation and cohesive behavior. A leader infuses a sense of positivity and directs others to reach the specified goal. An individual who stands not only for his cause but takes responsibility and motivates others also. There is a clear difference between being a boss and a leader. A leader is a motivator for others and inspires individuals to aim high and attain that aim. However a boss only supervises over his subordinates. Power naturally comes to a leader but that power is not a tool of leader. Rather if one tries to control the circumstances with power it turns out to be authoritarian or even suppressive in its expression.
For example, in ROTC we have both bosses and leaders. Most notably, BN cadet leadership d...
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... campus but at camp too. Another exceptional display of leadership during the semester was by our cadre. Handling certain situations that arose over disputes between cadets or amidst the government shut down conveyed to myself the skills taught in ROTC like mental agility and innovation happen daily. For instance, configuring multiple plans to continue through with a fall FTX for the MSIII. Reinforcing my trust within my cadre to best prepare my peers and myself to excel both at camp and during our careers in the U.S. Army.
In conclusion, it has always been a matter of controversy as to what makes an individual different from others. Some emphasize that is an innate quality while some advocate that it is a matter of practice only. To sum up, leadership is a quality which is if present naturally is welcome or otherwise can be developed by acquiring desired skills.