The concept of leadership is broad, with many abstract needs and requirements, all of which are constantly sought out by both current and up-and-coming leaders. I believe a great leader displays strength, humility, and service. These aspects not only unite people, but also spur them to make an impact.
Strong leadership begins with competence, which brings credibility. Competent leadership possesses the know-how and the drive to inspire people to follow on their own accord. Strength in leadership also entails an aspect of firmness, because once people are united, in the uproar of opinions, a strong leader must make a decision and stand unchanging.
Winston Churchill exemplified this when he stood firm in his anti-Hitler mentality, and rallied the world against Hitler through Churchill’s credible reputation.
To me, strong leadership must also be balanced with humility. The lowering of oneself raises others and alleviates the universal fear of being alone through hardship. This act of self-abasement also creates a respect for the leader, that isn’t from a place of mere obligation, but a place of affinity.
For example, in my four years of high school football, I endured many grueling
workouts. All of the coaches, except for Coach Jones, looked on as we pushed through the grind. Day after day Coach Jones would line up with us and match us in our workouts pound for pound in everything we did. This forged extreme respect among the players for a coach who humbled himself and led by example.
The aforementioned strength and humility must then be supported and demonstrated by service.
Thanks to the sacrifice of my family and our intense fundraising efforts, in tenth grade I was able to travel to Europe to serve refugees from Syria. While my mission team cleaned their shelter and made improvements on their property we built relationships.
The Syrians contagious joy taught me to live a humbler, more thankful life. This experience has given me a new perspective of leadership, driving me to more vigorously exemplify how to help others. For example, my senior year I have had the opportunity to be the choir president, and this has pushed me to find not only bigger, but also smaller ways to lead. One of these smaller ways I found to serve as a leader was being a representative for choir at a middle school fine arts fair. As I shared the joy of choir with the middle schoolers, this act of volunteerism enlightened me to how much giving time creates a result that can have far reaching implications.
In conclusion, quality leadership incorporates strength, humility, and service in a healthy balance. Effective leaders must make tough decisions, humbly participate wherever they are needed, and eagerly volunteer their service. When all of these come together, I believe they have the power to inspire advancement, growth, and prosperity for an organization or community.