Much of how we live of lives day-to-day is based on our foundation that was laid in stone when we were young, much like leadership styles. No one is an efficient leader without having a reasoning behind why they want to be a leader or why they are a leader. I think that why I do what I do is based on my “why” statement which is “inspire others to love fearlessly and serve endlessly”. My why statement goes hand in hand with my philosophy on leadership. I think this is especially important to me as a leader because I think in order to lead you must be willing to serve wherever needed and you must do so with the heart of a servant. A good leader is one who is willing to put themselves below someone else in order for them to succeed. Also, I believe that in order to be a good leader, it is important to lead from outside of your comfort zone.
Like Bill Courtney says, “nothing profound ever happens in your life when you remain in your comfort zone”. I don’t believe that me being labeled as a leader really hit me until I tried out for drum major. The thought of being showcased in front of hundreds of people was terrifying to me. Deep down though I felt like I was being called to just audition, so I did. Being drum major pushed me way out of my comfort zone and it taught me how fun being in a leadership position was because I grew so close to so many students and I was able to not only do what I love, but also build so many relationships with underclassmen and become a mentor.
My first time really learning what it meant to be a servant was when I embarked on my first missions trip with my church in 6th grade. We traveled to a part of West Virginia that was in need of a lot of help. During this phase of my life, I was letting so many material items decide who I was. Experiencing people who had the bare minimum yet find happiness in the smallest things really changed my outlook on life. If I hadn’t gone on the missions trip I probably would’ve continued living life in such a wrong way. Going on this trip helped me fall in love with volunteering and serving others, therefore pushing me to go on another missions trip to Mexico my freshman year. One day I hope to go on many more missions trip and lead wherever I am called to go. The idea of helping others who need so much more than I do just makes my heart happy and I love knowing that I am making a difference in others lives’.
I believe that a leader should always be finding ways to help others’ in order to better themselves because as a leader we are never the number one priority. Always strive to push yourself out of your comfort zone because I promise it is 10 times better out there.