Dear friends, I would like your help on my essay regarding "Leadership and Influence" Question. Any comments will be very useful.
It is always been my dream to become a great leader/influencer in my home country, Indonesia, in the future. And for me, being a great leader means having a strong vision, and relentlessly work to make it happen. So, my leadership experience started from when I went to High School. I participated in a school competition as a leader for Badminton Competition committee, to hold an inter-school Badminton Competition. After my high school period is over, I continued my education to Binus University in Civil Engineering major. At University, I learned to lead group of several classmates for almost all class assigments and research projects. At the same time, I also learned on how to become the leader of a larger group in Student Body Organization.
One of my valuable leadership experience is when I became the first Chairman of ICE (Institution of Civil Engineering) Student Chapter from UK in 2013. ICE is an international community with great opportunity for Civil Engineering Students/Professionals to get international networking experience. I had the vision to introduce ICE to Binus Students, and to build up a good communication between Binus and ICE. We succeeded in holding several international seminar from 2013 to 2014, which speakers were ICE members coming from USA, Australia, etc. And start from 2014, Binus University got the chance to present one of our graduating student's thesis in every ICE Technical Meeting. This program has opened big opportunity for our fresh graduates to build networking.
From my working experience as Engineering leader in Semanggi Flyover Project in 2016, I learned that being a leader does not mean we do most of the jobs, but rather having the overview of a project, and have the ability to choose the right group to do the job. To keep up with a very tight schedule, I have to increase our team's efficiency. So, I split the jobdesks, and arrange such that every engineer could focus on their part, while I kept follow up and worked as the link for their communication. Middle of 2016, we were really behind the schedule. But, near to the end of 2016, we succeeded to overrun the schedule and therefore had more time to review our design and documents before execution.
I believe this is not the end, and I will strive hard to achieve many of my dreams I have yet to fulfill. Chevening is practically a lifetime opportunity for me to be connected with future leaders and influencers around the world. Sharing experiences and perspective with culturally diverse friends will develop my knowledge and vision. Study in UK through Chevening will also become a double advantage to achieve my goal. UK with its internationally recognised level in Engineering Field, followed with Chevening community, will really exposes me to the state-of-the-art and sustainable engineering. And I believe that my connection with UK alumni will be an enormous help for me to improve Civil Engineering in Indonesia, and to contribute for Indonesia better future.
Thank you very much.