LEADERSHIP AND INFLUENCE CHEVENING
Leadership is one of the requirements needed if you want to succeed in life, but it is totally mandatory if you want to be a great architect. It is an attitude that I have had to develop since I was a child because I grew up in a very political family, and they have a great charisma and leadership in my community. I have always been attending meetings, knowing the social reality, and sharing with all kind of people. Besides, I thank God for the fact that I have had the opportunity to develop this quality throughout my student and professional life as I will explain below.
I could say that I have been fortunate enough to be part of teams with good communication and listening skills. This is something that has facilitated my growth path within these teams. A clear example is the Leo Club in my town, Comendador; a club in which I was one of the young founders and where I learned protocols to lead teams of different ages and with a variety of thoughts but with the same goal: putting our grain of sand for our community growth. I was part of these club from 2004 until 2007.
Given the fact that knowledge has to be put into practice, during the time I have worked in different companies and have been in different positions I have tried to demonstrate the skills learned since my childhood. A sample of this is my first job as a receptionist in the Dominican Medical Association, in which after a few months, I was promoted to one of the most complex departments of this institution in the position of assistant of administration, in other words, the second in command in the department, I managed to lead the team. This same way has happened in all the jobs in which I have worked. I have demonstrated my delivery, capacity and leadership.
In the architectural field, I have had the opportunity to lead 3 projects as a freelancer where I was the director and had absolute control over the staff (electricians, plumbers, bricklayers, etc.) Regardless of the nature of the projects, all of them culminated in a successful way for everyone.
At the moment, in my work, I have had to make an effort to be able to manage some situations and to attain the respect from the staff to be acknowledged as the person in charge. This is due to the fact that the majority of workers are older and on many occasions more experienced in construction than me. At present, in spite of it, I think I have succeeded
ANA MARGARITA PAULINO