Hello fellows, here is my first draft on the Leadership and influence question. Chevening essay. Please help proof read and give necessary correction. Thanks in advance!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)
A FUTURE LEADER AND INFLUENCER
The qualities of a leadership position are not far from sincerity, communication, patience, self-esteem and great charisma. These have been my watchwords since building my leadership prowess from my Senior Secondary School days. I was appointed into the prestigious position of the Sanitary Prefect in the final year of my Senior Secondary education. First I created the awareness and sensitised the students through videos, audios and pictorial displays from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the need to have and keep a clean, healthy and disease free environment. This became a major influence in the lives of all the students and teachers alike health wise such that every student kept themselves, the School environment and their homes clean. The School was honoured with an award as the cleanest and most sanitised School in the Local Government Area after an inspection that was carried out by the Local Government Council on all Secondary Schools in the area.
I was an Intern at the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Ughelli; an electrical power station engaged in energy transmission and distribution. During my attachment at the Company, I was appointed as the leader of a team of 8 Students undergoing same internship programme. This was another opportunity for me to develop and show my leadership and influencing skills. I coordinated my team members for every job done in the field by giving relevant insights to the nature of the job(s) to be undertaken and necessary safety measures thereby allowing a free flow, and reduced man hour of the work done while working with our Superiors in the field. My active participation in jobs undertaken in the field as a team leader influenced my colleagues to be more interested on the job and participate actively as well. I organised a couple of seminars and workshops wherein Senior managers, Principal Manager and Assistant General manager of the company educated every intern on the theories behind the jobs undertaken and other necessary knowledge about the power industry.
Currently, I am working as a Mathematics and Physics teacher. I hold a B. ENG degree in electrical engineering which makes my position as a teacher in these subjects lot interesting and easy. This role gives me the responsibility to be a good influencer of the students I teach. Being a teacher in the field of science, I engage the students in practical and experimental classes on regular basis to enable them appreciate the value of the theories behind the subject. This has greatly influenced the students' ideas about science positively as the interest and enthusiasm to continue and grow into great scientists, engineers etc are propelled. Outside academic work, I am punctual to school, and teaches virtues of patience and sincerity; a display that passes the message to the students swiftly as the saying goes 'action speaks louder than voice'. These few and all important demonstration I make has not influenced the students only but also my colleagues (other teachers) who have also developed these skills with time thereby making the school an envy of neighbouring schools.
I look forward to extend this leadership and influencing skills with other Chevening Scholars to build a wonderful relationship with the rest of the world. (535 words)