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Leadership as an Urban Planner - Chevening scholarship on leadership skills essay.

imhana 5 / 9 5  
Sep 14, 2019   #1
Chevening is looking for individuals with strong professional relationship-building skills, who will engage with the Chevening community and influence and lead others in their chosen profession. Please explain how you build and maintain relationships in a professional capacity, using clear examples of how you currently do this, and outline how you hope to use these skills in the future. (minimum word count: 100 words; maximum word count: 500 words)

my experiences in managing a team and influencing people

I believe that leadership is one of my strongest qualities as I've had times where I needed it to manage my team at early stage of study. Back to second semester at the university, I had to learn to become a Team Leader for Planning Process Studio and led four members. In order to achieve a better understanding with this studio, I always applied brainstorming and critical thinking methods before and after discussions. Based on discussion and study of the area, it was found that the problem that occurred in our study area namely East Pamulang Urban Village was poor drainage which causes flooding. Afterwards, a planning report is made to overcome the problem which is applying ∆Q Zero Policy principle then we also made a proposal to the local government so the problem can be resolved. Furthermore, as a Team Leader I learned many things, not only how to delegate work fairly but also technical matters that required me to guide team members. For example, teaching how to make a basic map so that they can develop the map into various kinds of maps needed in our studio such as distribution of facilities and infrastructure maps, population density maps, spatial patterns maps, etc.

After I graduated from the university, I was given a chance to accompanying my lectures in my university community development as Research Assistant and Facilitator in underdeveloped area namely Kemang sub-district in Bogor Regency. The problem that occurs in this area is the lack of population data so that the local government has difficulty identifying its citizens. As a facilitator, I had the opportunity to guide civil servants in Kemang Sub-district on how to compile a population database based on family cards compared to existing data and data that has been owned by Statistics Indonesia. Besides, I also held discussions with the local government to find out the population data that they needed to make this activity more targeted. In addition, I also have initiative to add data variations for example, the population pyramid and make the display of the data base easier to use and access.

My passion in influencing people eventually brought me to initiate an environment-based program in my current workplace, namely PT. Kaltim Methanol Industri (PT. KMI) which is petrochemicals industry. PT. KMI has 246 employees. Once a year, every employee is required to replace safety shoes and safety helmet with a new one then the waste will be destroyed so total of waste per year is 492 pieces. Therefore, I initiated the "Eco-friendly Garden" program to used safety shoes and safety helmet waste as a planting media. In the beginning, I convinced the management to approve this program, as this could be the company's efforts towards Green Company. Then I persuaded my colleagues to contribute and help in this program by donating used shoes and helmets and assisting in planting plants on their own stuff With the initiation of this program the waste can be used as a container for planting various types of plants that can absorb air pollution and nuclear radiation around factories such as Sansevieria, Spider Plant, Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema) and Epipremnum aureum. The output obtained by implementing this program is that it can save company expenses to destroy waste, creating a greener work environment and most importantly it can help absorb emissions around the factory.

Henceforth, based on my experiences, I believe that I am a suitable candidate for this scholarship, as I've had experiences in managing a team, influencing people, and eventually giving impact to a rural area in my home nation.
contentwriter 2 / 7 1  
Sep 14, 2019   #2
Dear Hana,

your essay examples are good but they are not catchy in presentation, the reader might lose interest due to long complex sentences. try to break them down to small sentences and use joining words such as, moreover, consequently, additionally, similarly etc.

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