Reflections on Leadership Course Essay

In my weekly journal I wrote one or two take away points for each week – something that I could apply to my life. As I was writing my Leadership Development Plan I looked back at these points and used them to develop my answer for the second question – the principles that you now plan to use to guide your leadership. Below are the principles that I plan to apply in my daily life: * Having a growth mindset and teaching the growth mindset principles to my son.

The Leadership is a Muscle article presented the concept that “your brain is like a muscle that can be developed with exercise; just as a baby gets smarter as it learns, so can you; everything is hard before it gets easy–never give up because you don’t master something immediately. ” I love this concept. * Having deliberate intent in my daily activities. I am a happier, more successful person when I create a plan for what I want to accomplish and stick to it.

For example, the weeks that I have been most successful in the conference for this class are when I complete the readings and my initial post over the weekend. I then don’t feel rushed or stressed out over getting my initial post complete and can concentrate on fully becoming engaged with my classmates and learning the material. * Living my Life to the Fullest. Many of the take away points from my journal all were related to making the most out of our lives. I need to not get so caught up in the small, day-to-day things, but rather, keep my eye on the big picture and enjoy each moment.

Especially with my son. He is growing up so fast and I don’t want to look back years from now and realize I missed out on fun times with him because I was worried about trivial matters. Question Two My leadership theory is simple, to treat others the way that I would like to be treated. Remember that everyone I come in contact with is a person with their own joys, trials and tribulations will help me to be kind to those around me. Question Three Looking back over the semester, three of the readings really stood out to me True North, Leadership and Self-Deception, and How Happy Are You and Why?. True North taught me one of the most valuable concepts in this course. “True North is the internal compass that guides you successfully through life.

It is your orientating point- your fixed point in a spinning world- that helps you stay on track as a leader. Your True North is what is most important to you, your most cherished values, your passions and motivations, the sources of satisfaction in your life. (pg xxiii) By identifying my True North and leading my life in a way that is true to it, I will be a happier and more fulfilled person. Leadership and Self-Deception made me take a really hard look at myself and how I treat others. “People respond not primarily to what you do but to how you’re being – whether you’re in or out of the box toward them. ” (pg 43) While this was not an easy task and I didn’t enjoy realizing that I am in the box towards those closest to me.

By realizing this and working towards being out of the box I will enhance and strengthen the relationships that are most important to me. And lastly, How Happy Are You and Why? taught that we control our own happiness. “…appreciate the promise of the great impact you can make on your own life through intentional strategies that you can implement to remake yourself as a happier person. Happiness is not out there for us to find. The reason it is not out there is that it’s inside us. ” (pg 39 -40) By working on being a happier person I will be a better wife, mother, friend, sister and daughter.