What makes a good leader so unique?

Remembering what it means to be a leader!

Hi everyone,

Photo of SamMy name is Sam and I’m a student at The Woodlands Secondary School. I’m so honored to have been selected as a delegate to advance to the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) for the Leadership Development Academy (LDA). The ICDC LDA is one week event where students get the opportunity to develop their leadership skills at an international level.

When I first entered my DECA club, I thought that it would be a great opportunity to learn about the world of business. Once I experienced DECA firsthand, I realized that I only had half the picture; DECA is more than business. Through DECA, teenagers are shaped into effective leaders and promising students who possess just as much knowledge about leadership as they do about business. In particular, the LDA conference with the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) at the University of Waterloo provided students with a unique opportunity to study from current entrepreneurs in positions that call for a level head and strong leadership. Who better to learn from than through those with hands-on experiences?

One of the most important things that the LDA has displayed was that anybody can step up to lead, even in minute ways. We may not recognize these small opportunities, but they’re always there. From setting an example in the classroom to supporting a friend in your community, each positive action that YOU take will help empower others to do the same — like a ripple effect! While a person in a leadership position should be ready to take the wheel, a real leader isn’t just there to be a figure. I wholeheartedly believe that leadership is more of a supporting role; a leader can be relied on to inspire you on your journeys.

Furthermore, great leaders can help establish connections between group members; a group that works cohesively will likely be much more effective than the sum of its individual parts. It’s up to the leader to help establish a sense of comradery and mutual respect between group members, rather than to simply force individuals together.

Finally, leaders should be willing to constantly learn from themselves and their peers. No leader is perfect. Ultimately, by learning from different people with different experiences, any individual can develop the know-how to continue leading through new experiences and unforeseen circumstances.

While leadership looks different from person to person, I still think that leadership should be viewed as someone capable of inspiring others, rather than telling them what to do. Ultimately, the DECA LDA conference taught me leaders should look to create positive, lasting impressions on their followers that help them grow to become leaders in their own right.

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