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					Alexandra Vallejo                                       HRM
EMG 1                                                   070109

                              Make or break

         Integrity. Responsibility. Flexibility. Perseverance. Charisma.
These are only some of the words that pop in my mind as I think of
the word leader. What truly is a leader? A dictionary might say it is
an individual who heads something and simply guides a certain
group. Though this definition is correct, I notice that dictionaries
lack the real meaning of being a leader and it is its characteristics
that are not put into consideration in some dictionaries considering
these traits make or break a person being the leader he or she aims
to be.

         As a college student I ask myself at times, do I have the
characteristics of an effective leader or should I seek to learn these
traits? And the answer is yes and no. Through out high school I
have served in different committees and clubs making me a credible
leader today. On the other hand, there are still some adjustments
that can be made for me to be a better leader. This is where
learning comes in.

         There is a debate whether leadership can’t be taught but it is
learned. I must say this is somehow true. Despite the constant
urges and lectures of an instructor, one can only be taught to learn
for himself. It is through practical application that one learns how to
be a leader. In situations of crisis, a potential leader steps up and
manages the problems with ease and brilliance. Through this
experience, he becomes more confident to face more challenges in
the future. He develops and nurtures intuitive leadership through
his   failures   and   mistakes    and   gains   more   through   these
experiences. These are lessons only to be learned outside the four
walls of a classroom.

           Leadership is a behavior one can adapt to and learn. Here are
a few pointers in which we can learn to be better leaders. First, we
must find our true passions for us to live it out as we lead. Second,
we must seek and study certain individuals and learn from their
behavior as leaders. Third, learn how to learn from your own
experience at the moment you are experiencing it. Lastly, learn
from the people around you and exhibit the same behavior you
want them to show to you.

           With this I can say that leadership skills do progress with the
means of learning. Learning from experience, from other people and
from yourself. It may be taught at a certain level but it is through
personal effort and desire for development that one truly becomes a
real leader.

Robert Howard and Dov Frohman’s Leadership The Hard Way: Why Leadership Can't be Taught and
How You Can Learn It Anyway. Turbulence.html

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