• Are leaders born or made? Explain. Where in your background would we find evidence of your leadership capacity and/or potential?
Leaders are both born and made. But a leader will never obtain his full potential without training and education. That said, most of us are familiar with the “born leader”, maybe our first experience with such an individual occurred during our youth. There was inevitably that one kid that took command and others followed. They personified adventure, charisma and “inspire risk taking” (Welch, 2005). Those elements are difficult to teach and even harder to develop from scratch. When someone embodies the combination of those traits, it will translate in to a form self-confidence that is infectious.
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But it was my intellectual ability, quick thinking and charismatic gifts that kept me “in the room”.
My ability to accept responsibility, responsibility for my decisions and to be confident and believe my truth – even if in the end I was wrong; was and is my greatest leadership quality. Studies have shown that certainty gives us a sense comfort. We waste less time and it rewards learning (Burton, 2008). This has been the foundation of my self-confidence. It has allowed me from a young age to take insufficient information and make appropriate decision (Welch, 2005).
As I matured, my leadership skills were more ‘self-created’. My response to different and difficult situations had to grow past the inner-city streets of Baltimore. When I attend The Johns Hopkins University, I faced a different “social system” and had to face insecurities that I didn’t even know existed. It was chaotic at times; I was learning on the curve and adjusting to a different reality/norm. Those four years served as a ‘life-teacher’ that improved my insight, resilience and maturity.
Since graduating from Hopkins with a BS in Chemistry, I have attended medical school and residency where I was elected chief resident. In my professional career, I have been promoted to multiple leadership positions, including Chief Medical Officer. Having many leadership roles has allowed me to experience and refine how I handle challenges and crisis, as well l as I how I motivate and inspire my team. I have been able to build on natural gifts ad talents and now I want to develop new competencies and refine my natural gifts even further. I do not want to accept mediocrity - I want to be an extrodianry leader.
Welch, J. (2005). Winning. New York: HarperCollins.
Burton, R. (2008). On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not. St. Martin Press.