what'sup guys, this is my answer for leadership question for chevening and i'm looking for your comment and suggestions ... many thanks in advance
empowering leadership skills by meeting other cultures
To begin with, "become a great leader means taking stock of who you are, all your strengths and weaknesses" said robin Sharma. Leadership and influence are words include a lot of personal traits that make people follow you and only you not anyone else. We can summarize those traits in three words, vision, communication and your behavior. First of all you must know what are you heading to? This question needs to be clearly defined to convince others in your vision. To convince others you need to be in communication with them and have a good understanding for their needs so that your vision would be valuable for them and follow you.
My life is full of situations that made me in leadership position require a clear purpose and fully understand what is needed to reach this purpose and influence others to follow me or inspire them to find their purpose in life even.
in 2015 I was a volunteer at a social entrepreneurship foundation works leaded by British council in Egypt. As a leader of the graphic design committee my mission required to inspire my team to create a creative social media campaigns for our social activities. This is not as easy as it looks, it requires a lot of real hard work, requires to inspire your team to do their best even in their hardest times and that couldn't be done without clarifying the value of what we were doing and my vision for the team, create the most amazing and inspirational campaigns that inspire others to join our foundation and help us to gain our purpose, develop slums in our country.
I remember after a few months our foundations faced a hard time would take a part the whole foundation and already many of the members had left the committees. I was believing in the purpose of the foundation a. So I had to lead the rest of us with confidence that we can pass this hard time and make the foundation restore it's position in helping peoples and I might went down but I was optimist that we'll move through again and we did.
At the professional level, one of the situations required to lead a team when I launched my software development company, this period of my life time was the most interesting and I've learnt a lot by myself. Nothing will sharp your skills more than contacting with people in work. I leaded my team through a hard time for my startup to increase our sales by making deals with new clients and be the first choice for their needs. I was communicating with clients and clarify how they would find their needs in our products and why should they choose us at first place. That required team work and Integrity in our dealing with clients.
I believe chevening will empower my leadership skills by meeting other cultures and learn from them