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11. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

Quoting Brendan

I sometimes find myself in leadership type roles, more because I get annoyed at the way things are being done and take over

snap.... i can be so impatient that i take over the situation if it doesn't go my way....

12. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

I'm not really if I'm honest about it (a leader, that is). I think I'm a leader in very minor ways but generally I prefer to take a back seat.

That sounds like me, too. The "leader" comes out of me if things are disorganized, though. I hate the philosophy that the "team" has to get x task done. Good luck! Tell a group of people that they have to do something, and human nature dictates that eveyone will think someone else will do it.

What about the flip of the coin - someone who ALWAYS wants to be the leader and ends up talking for the sake of talking and monopolizing every meeting?

13. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Being a leader is a big part of doing well at work. Taking the initiative and making things happen. That's how people get noticed.

Can you juggle several different projects at one time?

Definitely, I am a multitasker. There isnt a day that I come home and I just sit in front of the TV doing nothing. I am always squeezing every minute out of my day getting things done. But I dont think that makes me a leader...I take care of my responsibilities but I am neither a leader nor a follower. I am sort of a loner in that respect...

14. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

Hey, we're here aren't we???

...and make time for TP in the middle of my work day...

15. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

That sounds like me, too. The "leader" comes out of me if things are disorganized, though. I hate the philosophy that the "team" has to get x task done. Good luck! Tell a group of people that they have to do something, and human nature dictates that eveyone will think someone else will do it.

What about the flip of the coin - someone who ALWAYS wants to be the leader and ends up talking for the sake of talking and monopolizing every meeting?

I soooo agree with you. If a leader means having to deal with 10 different personalities to get something done, then I am definitly not one to lead. Even in college I hated group projects cause all I can think of was: "...if you want things to be done right, do them yourself...". I always got stuck with all the work cause most people are (sorry) totally useless and uncommitted...

16. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting areinstein

Even in college I hated group projects cause all I can think of was: "...if you want things to be done right, do them yourself...".

I hear you! I think that comes with being a "perfectionist" - I never handed in anything I didn't feel was my 100% best. So many people in university believed in the "it's good enough" philosophy, and group projects always get dragged down by the weakest link in the chain. I get it for courses like, say, social work - where in the real world you have to pool resources and expertise. But history? English lit?

I remember one class where we had to present arguments for or against certain controversial topics. We had to gather resources - so many books, articles, films, papers, etc. It was pretty exhaustive research. We then each had to present our arguments to the class and name our sources. And what did one guy do? He picked "prostitution" and told us he.... talked to a stripper on the weekend! Brilliant! I remember being so incredibly relieved that the teacher didn't put us in teams.

17. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

This is what I couldnt stand to hear in school from other students..."I am just here to get my degree so I just want to pass the class..." Pass the class???!!! I may go a bit overboard with my school work but pass the class??? Come on!! Why bother!!??

Actually I cant wait to go back to school to finish my Masters, I've been a bit lazy but I think my brain really got fried after my last license exam, every brain cell got used up...

18. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

I'm not sure that every situation needs a leader...but I could be wrong about that.

Mr Isa here...
Absolutely right Eve!! Not every situation requires a leader. I've found that sometimes the best way to get someone to learn something is just to let them try it themselves. If they fail, then you can take the lead and teach them the proper way (sounds a bit Zen, doesn't it?).

Sometimes you have to just let the sheep roam. They will find their way back to the barn eventually, or perish along the way. True leadership means never having to say....baaaa

19. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

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