Consciousness of self, the classroom

Submitted by SWittenrich on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 08:12

When I signed up for Leadership Allegany, I really didn't think I had anything to contribute or that I would be "good enough". I, like so many in the class, had doubts and fears to overcome. Each week, as we get to know each other better, it has been more comfortable and easier to see why anyone is qualified. You just have to know what your strengths are, work with those, understand your weaknesses and learn to work with those, as well. Our classroom session on Thursday, June 5th was about our strengths and weaknesses and how to best handle them in a Leadership role. Everyone in the class, prior to starting, had taken the Gallup Strength Finder’s test. We were given our results and were divided into work groups based on our strengths. Finding out what my strengths were did not come as a huge surprise to me. Yes, I can see myself with those characteristics and how I present myself to others. What did surprise me is how they can also be my weakness and that in order to be an effective leader, I also need to know the strengths and weaknesses of those on my team and how we can best work together to achieve our goal. In the class we did some ice breakers and group “projects” to get to know each other and talk with each other about our strengths and how best we can incorporate them into our professional and personal life. I really do like the energy of the class and being able to get to know others in the class to share ideas. Leadership Allegany has been a positive experience so far and I look forward to the upcoming months as we dive into more of the leadership aspects and roles and visit more businesses within Allegany County.