CHEVENING ESSAY - FUTURE LEADER AND INFLUENCERChevening is looking for individuals that 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.
I am sort of lost on ideas for my essays so I'll take any feedback at this time. Here is what i wrote:
I started working immediately after my graduation in 2003 and was promoted to be a team leader in the first year of employment where the requirement was to manage and lead a team of four people only. It didn't come naturally to me at the time though. It was tough to have people confront the authority and not comply to the instructions. It didn't take me long to figure out that just a senior position isn't going to help me so I started working on my interpersonal skills. Since the team was really small, I could have direct interaction with everyone and was able to lead better. My team and I helped the company get ISO certified.
After doing full time jobs in for about 8 years I ventured into entrepreneurship and became a partner in a startup software house heading the operations of the company. Our business model about taking on different projects through online portals and then getting them done through an inhouse team. As the time progressed, the business grew and the resources added, however, the overall scope of the projects narrowed down to only ecommerce sites. We were able to manage it pretty well for the first five years however, for the last two years, the business suffered continuous struggle for survival. In order to help the company get back on track I learned a few skills on my own and started to grow an in-house team in marketing and sales which wasn't the case earlier. It has been a gradual process but I hope to achieve the success by the end of 2018.