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[Chevening] My leadership experience came from being an .... Influencers in home countries essay

littlepony 1 / 2  
Oct 21, 2017   #1
1. Chevening is looking for individuals who will be future leaders or influencers in their home countries. Explain how you meet this requirement, using clear examples of your own leadership and influencing skills to support your answer.

(minimum word count: 100 words, maximum word count: 500 words)
1 at a time please.

I learned how to lead and how to follow

Throughout my life I have some chance of being a leader. My leadership experience came from being an .... Laboratory Assistant when I was in college. This experience has taught me that leadership is to influencing or motivating group of people. I responsible to ensure all my students get enough knowledge about the subject so they will pass the test. It was a big challenge to lead more than 30 people in my class. I always motivated them to study hard together since our very first meeting. I take initiative to split them into some group contain 5-6 people and applied the peer tutoring system. Once I have taught the course, I gave them a different exercise to each group. Then every group have to solve the exercise together and teach the other group. I think this is more effective because student could get many types of practice and encourage them to more understand the subject in order to become a good tutor for their friends. At the end of the semester all of my students passed the course, even 2 of them scored the highest grade in class of 2012.

Having 3 years of work experience, I have learned both how to lead and follow. Since 2014 I work in one of the big automotive company in Indonesia as a Procurement staff. Basically, my job is to procure spare parts as soon as possible to maintain customer satisfaction. It is not an easy job because I have to deal with many urgent order everyday. To handle it, I need to analyse each problem and quickly start to think the solution. Then I have to either follow up to supplier or coordinate with my logistic and workshop team. Both requires leadership skills, such as communication and ability to adapt with different characters of the labours. Most of my work is to expedite parts from suppliers. I need a good negotiation skill to do it and to keep our suppliers get a good score for their performance appraisal. I also have to coordinate with my logistic and workshop team to procure part immediately. I delegate duties among the labours to implement the solution. At first it was hard for me because I feel reluctant with people who were older and more skilled. But I believe a good attitude is the key to a good relationship with colleagues. I always behave politely and respect the elders so they can follow my instructions well. Therefore the order urgent can be released faster and reach our target.
Arcmichael042 3 / 5  
Oct 21, 2017   #2
You have written well On leadership but you still have to improve in your eaasy.write on the challenges you passed with your team,how you have lead them through to acheive Success.
just_writer 24 / 42 5  
Oct 21, 2017   #3
Here are some corrections,

leadership is to influence or motivating a group of people
urgent orders every day
Both requires leadership
and the ability to
procure parts
sgassani 7 / 22 5  
Oct 22, 2017   #4

I think you could give more elaboration about your leadership and influence abilities in your 3 works experience. I feel like its more of teamwork abilities than leadership or influence one

Best of luck to you :)
Holt  Educational Consultant - / 10,699 3503  
Oct 22, 2017   #5
Ayu, the college laboratory assistant is a nice leadership and influencing story. Unfortunately, it is also non-professional because it does not directly relate to your current profession. Since you are being asked to indicate examples of your leadership and influencing abilities, it is best to not use any non-professional references. The reason why using academic references to your leadership and influencing skills is not as effective as the professional one is because as a student, you are only a leader in training. You are learning how to become an effective leader. While as a professional, you already have the leadership experience required to influence positive changes in your company. These changes that you effect through leadership and influencing should show your ability to possibly help to improve your country upon your completion of your course as a Chevening scholar. You need to think of a true leadership and influencing experience that you had in your workplace. What I am reading about in that section is that you are part of the Supply Chain Management department of your company. No matter how many times I review this, the statement in this paragraph seems more useful in the Networking essay due to your job requirement of having to play a bridge role between your workshop team and logistics team in connection with the supplier. You are the missing network link there. So it doesn't seem appropriate to use that reference in this essay. Perhaps you can think of a time when you were given a leadership role that actually required you to influence your team. Right now, you are merely cross referencing common points between leadership and networking abilities. Which the reviewer will realize and then question why that is in a leadership essay. There are at least 100 different Chevening leadership essays available on this forum for you to review and base your new leadership and influencing essay upon. I strongly suggest you look at those samples to help guide you in the development of the new essay.
OP littlepony 1 / 2  
Nov 7, 2017   #6
Dear All, thank you so much for your correction. It means a lot. Wish me luck for the scholarship :)

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