“The point is not to become a leader. The point is to become yourself, and to use yourself completely-all your gifts, skills and energies-to make your vision manifest. You must withhold nothing. You must in sum, become the person you started out to be, and to enjoy the process of becoming.” Warren Bennis
My personal authentic leadership mission is to become a leader that helps people to help themselves. In turn, I am fulfilling my purpose of helping people to ultimately become the best person they can be and live better lives. My leadership intention is to help people find the power in their choices. Everyone makes choices, be it good or bad. Being a leader in the field of counseling means that I place the good of the people I work with above what think is best in a way that is morally good. I stand for helping people the same way I was helped: with understanding, caring, and empathy. If it weren’t for my college counselor I would have never graduated. Looking back I now understand why she was a leader and such an influence in my life. She understood WHY she did what she did and had a passion for it.
In becoming the leader I want to be, I am living in a way that is an example to the people around me and the people I work with: with compassion for life and knowing that all that happens good or bad helps mold and build the character of people. Living day to day, learning to deal with the ups and downs of life, and keeping in mind my values and beliefs help me each day to work on becoming my authentic self. My authentic self includes me being a leader who serves, counselor, and mentor.
I strongly believe that being a servant leader takes determination, passion, a genuine heart, and courage to be the person you were called to be. This is my responsibility and I am dedicated to my service.
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