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'Teaching English Language' - MY CHEVENING LEADERSHIP/INFLUENCER ESSAY------- Bankole Akinfolarin

Bankyfolarin 1 / 3 4  
Aug 11, 2017   #1

the area of my passion

I see a close blend of core tenets linking the basic values of Chevening with that of my chosen Courses and Universities which all in all pinpoint an affinity with my deepest passion, vision, potential and abilities. In the order of the chosen Schools and Courses, from my summation, Chevening favours (TESOL), Teaching English Language to the Speakers of Other Languages which identifies with the area of my passion (teaching the English Language for massive impact).

Leadership is not by title but by taking up responsibilities. My four-year Bachelors (Hons) course in the Adekunle Ajasin University was one full of leadership responsibilities for me. Each of the seven and nine courses I took for eight semesters always came with group assignments and presentations. People often jostle to fall in my group because they know they would not have to do much as I always take up the responsibility of researching, compiling and presenting the papers before a team of Lecturers. I was always leading my groups. There was a group assignment that tore everyone apart but by my personal solution to the assignment, the Lecturer acknowledged he never thought the question could be answered like I did until after my presentation. He confirmed he learnt a lot from my presentation.

Leadership is followership; not being bossy. Every leader at every capacity still has a leader, external or internal to submit to. From experience, I have come to a close that leadership success tells more on how well one is able to lead and mobilize others to achieve set goals. As the Project Manager and Senior Editor at Abundant Life House Publishers for three years, I was able to coordinate, manage and inspire the editors to do quality and meticulous jobs and meet targets; even with the online members of my team. Most of them are far older than me but they followed completely because of my leadership philosophies. A leader will accomplish more tasks and influence more people if he does not lord over his subjects though still firm and uncompromising.

Leadership is service. A leader is a servant with the necessary information per time as communication is a necessary tool of effective and unquestionable leadership. I am not surprised I often emerge a leader everywhere I go. This is not disconnected from my powerful and sound communication skills both oral and written. I have served as General Secretary to different Associations and Welfare Societies including the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) AAUA Ondo State Chapter where I was also a member writing Poems. I have my poems published in the Chapter's Anthology and the School's English Studies' departmental Press Board. I was the Coordinator of all the Corps Members serving in three different communities back in 2013 to 2014 during my National Youth Service year in Osun State, Obokun Local Government, Nigeria.

A leader educates. Everyone that comes around me gets educated and inspired. I have a Facebook page where I teach people Correct English also.
Holt  Educational Consultant - / 14,918 4798  
Aug 12, 2017   #2
Bankole, unfortunately, you misunderstood the requirements of the Chevening essay. This is not an essay that asks you for a personal definition of leadership. This essay cannot be written as sound bytes of your previous leadership experiences in college and in your professional life. Instead, the essay asks you to present a single, profound, character building leadership experience that details how you handle difficult situations, situations beyond your control, and maintain contact, in a positive manner with other people in your group. The leadership requirement here dictates that you clearly show how your leadership influenced those you supervised to do the right thing, to work together, and to move accordingly in order to fulfill the objective of your group.

With that clarification of the objective of the essay done, I need to ask you to revise your content. Focus on depicting a professional crisis that you had describe how your leadership skills were called into play. From that point, explain why you had to influence the group you were working with. Or maybe, describe how you had to use your influence in order to get other people to help your group resolve its issues and concerns. Whatever the backstory is, just make sure that it highlights your leadership skills and calls attention to how you are effective when it comes to influencing people in order to get what needs to be done accomplished. That is what the Chevening Scholarship reviewer will be specifically looking for in your essay.
OP Bankyfolarin 1 / 3 4  
Aug 12, 2017   #3

I am very grateful for the comments. I will review and re-post it.

Please, keep in touch.

BENJI31 1 / 2 1  
Aug 12, 2017   #4
@Bankhole i like how you start each paragraph, it is engaging and makes one want to read further, however just like @Holt alluded, do not dwell much into describing what a leader ought to be like, speak more on what you did or do to demonstrate those leadership qualities. The 500 word limit is short so concentrate on those things that people do not already know about.
BENJI31 1 / 2 1  
Aug 19, 2017   #5
Sorry i took long to revert, you have such a brilliant example of leadership and i think you are not doing justice to it here. allow the story to come through first and then worry about grammar later, i think because you are an English teacher you paid too much attention to the English correctness than telling your story. having said that though this has potential to be a brilliant essay, please see my few corrections below.

while thirty percent was receptive but no help- the rest were receptive but not helpful. My passion for education never ... My passion of being an educator motivated me to solder on and assist this community despite the lack of interest from stakeholders.

Some of them would opt out of school for the market ... rather go to the market day than attend school. I then knew then that their sense (...) and I had to come insomeone had to intervene.

Personally I met with the King ... I took it upon myself to meet the King of the region to....

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