What is Leadership and Why it’s Important.

With leadership, you can’t just depend on others for your success. If you want to become a successful person, in my opinion, you have to become a leader. The leader’s command inspire through hard work, discipline, creativity and innovative ideas ready to implement. We all have leadership skills within. Many of us learn to become leaders and others are born with it.

A leader is someone that has good listening skills, understands their peers and leads. Leadership is not lead by influence; it involves influencing others through leadership. On the other hand, you can have a leader and a follower. The influence is mutual and together they influence the environment around them. The Author John Maxwell from The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership says: “Leadership is influence—nothing more, nothing less.”

The importance of good leadership is effectiveness. When there is effective leadership, it brings together diverse people and it helps them find a common purpose to work together to achieve common goals. Effective leadership is critical to set direction and implement strategies to drive the business or organization forward. Imagine if leaders didn’t exist. The first thing that comes to my mind is anarchy.

In my own personal experience, within the last three and a half years in my work organization, I have met an individual that has exceptional leadership skills, is highly motivated, positive, authentic, and energetic, who has influenced me to become a leader.

I am very excited about having this opportunity to attend Leadership Academy with the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. With this great experience, I can apply what I have learned at work, home and in my community service work.

Blanca Saavedra works for NorthStar Credit Union as a Financial Service Representative in Aurora. She has been in banking for 14 years.

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