John Maxwell Reflection Paragraphs

Lead-up principle #3: Be willing to do what others won’t


Being willing to do what others won’t shows you becoming a true leader within you. Whatever it takes attitude, is what these leaders go by when completing tasks. Going beyond their job descriptions and leaping out of their comfort zone. This is something most people are scared and afraid of doing, usually because they can’t take that next step to better themselves. This is a skill that will put you over the top as a leader and will help you become a 360° leader. This is a skill you want to be able to have so that you can stand out and get through a program like TALONS. People think often standing within the crowd is the best option, but in TALONS, that is the opposite of what you want. Teachers in this program want to see you at your full potential and if that mean doing what others won’t then you should be able to have that skill to do that. This concept could help you figure out what you are good at and the things that help you stand out and be your own person, the leader that you are. I believe that this skill truly defines strong leaders and great leaders, apart from the norm. These leaders are able to come in with a different perspective and truly do anything they desire. Being willing to do what others won’t truly makes you have the skills of a 360° leader which leads to you competing tasks, others following your lead and leads you to your full potential as a leader.




Myth #1: The Position Myth – I cannot lead if I’m not at the top


I cannot lead if I’m not at the top is an untrue statement about leaders. A good 360° leader knows that you can lead from any position in the company. Companies need leaders in all areas, even at low rank areas. You can lead from any area of the company if you want to. Bad 360° leaders believe that you cannot lead if you are not at not at the top. A lot of people go by this myth and believe if I’m not at the top I cannot lead. When you realize you can lead from any area you will become a better leader. You also then are more likely to work your way up the company when people see you being a leader in the lower areas, and that’s very important to know. This relates to me, and TALONS because as a grade 9 you feel as if you can’t lead, because you have teachers, grade 12/11’s and grade 10’s leading already. Sometimes it’s hard to lead and you feel like you can’t but it’s important to know in TALONS that you have to lead within the bottom area. If you don’t start leading from somewhere in the bottom area, you’ll never be ready to lead at the top and if you always have the mentality of, I can’t lead if I’m not at the top, you’ll never succeed as a 360° leader. This skill will increase your confidence, your ability to lead others, as well as getting comfortable with leading. To do nothing in the middle is to create more weight for the top leader to move… Leaders in the middle can have a profound effect on an organization (Maxwell, 2).



Lead-Across Principle #2: Put completing fellow leaders ahead of competing with them


Put completing fellow leaders ahead of competing with them is always the best thing to do for the company. Sometimes healthy competition is a good thing, but you never want it to affect the organizations plans or future. In healthy environments there is usually both, competition, and teamwork. You never want to compete with fellow leaders if it means that your company or organization will be harmed or affected by it. Always know where to place competition and where to draw the line. I picked this skill because often people forget this when their competitive side takes over their leadership skills. usually resulting in the organization or company being hindered. If you have this skill, it will make you a great overall 360° leader. This is good to know in a program like TALONS because if you put competing with your classmates first, then it’ll hinder our ability to work as a team and will often lead to massive problems within the class. If we all have this skill of putting completing fellow leaders ahead of competing with them, we will all help our class succeed and overall help with our teamwork. This skill can make or break your organization or company. You want to be able to teach this to people and have this skill yourself. If you have this skill, it makes you the ultimate 360° leader and your organization or company is more likely to succeed.