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Learning to be the captain of leader”ship”

The 2018 robotics team after winning the Ventura Regional

The 2018 robotics team after winning the Ventura Regional

The 2018 robotics team after winning the Ventura Regional

The 2018 robotics team after winning the Ventura Regional

Lacey Barnes, Reporter

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Every day you face different people with different personalities. Whether it’s classmates, coworkers, teammates, or family members, you likely change the way you deal with them for every individual or group. Leadership is mostly comprised of these so called, “people-handling” skills; it takes practice, and is almost always challenging.

 

What makes people who they are is they’re different from everybody else. This great thing about humans also makes trying to manage them, or even just coexist with them, quite difficult.

 

Many people are in management positions, myself included. I am a leader on the Orcutt Academy robotics team, and it’s hard enough to build a robot, let alone to try to successfully manage 11 other students to accomplish our goals, and be the link between students and mentors. It has its fun moments, but it also has its trials. Some students are better followers while some don’t like being given as much instruction, and it can be a rough balance to find.

 

For me, I’ve learned what’s best for each student to feel like an important part of the team. In certain cases, you can gently ask for someone to do something, and they’ll do it quickly. Others, it can feel like pulling teeth, and it isn’t enjoyed by any party involved. From my experience, I’ve gathered that some individuals want to feel like they have a say; they want a little control and to feel like they’re included. These people are often the hardest to work with.

 

In these instances, I think it helps to almost go out of your way to find a way for them to constructively be involved; ask their opinion, give them something to be in charge of or a project they’re in control of. This will usually lead them to feeling important, and being a productive member of the team.

 

Being an effective leader can sometimes mean not being everybody’s best friend. You are the one who has to assign the work, and work isn’t usually fun. This can be stressful, but it’s alright; you aren’t doing anything wrong. It would be fantastic if everybody could be best friends with everyone else, but that just isn’t the case. There are always people who won’t get along in many groups of people, and learning to still carry out tasks with those individuals, I believe, is teamwork, and in cases, good leadership.

 

It’s often a tremendous challenge working with other personalities that just don’t mesh with yours, but overcoming those challenges makes you feel immensely better, knowing that you faced that adversity, and were successful.

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2 Responses to “Learning to be the captain of leader”ship””

  1. G Lam on February 6th, 2019 7:59 PM

    I love the way you took an idea like this and created something everyone can learn a bit from. Your perspective on leadership is unique and I like your writing style. Keep it up Lacey!

  2. Melani Amarasekara on February 7th, 2019 8:25 AM

    I really like this article! It’s a good way to teach people about leadership skills and those who are in those positions can relate very much!

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