14. Describe 5 strengths you have.
- Persistence. When I put my mind to something, I see it through (most of the time).
- Compassion. I think I got this from my mother. I have a heart for people and animals in need.
- Creativity. I have a background in the arts and music. If my day doesn’t include something creative, I fall apart.
- Teaching. I love to teach and share knowledge with others. I wish I had more opportunities!
- Leadership. There are many different kinds of leaders. The best leaders I know strive towards “servant leadership.” My graduate studies focused on Servant Leadership, and I am a fan of Robert Greenleaf.
While servant leadership is a timeless concept, the phrase “servant leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay that he first published in 1970. In that essay, Greenleaf said:
“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.” “The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?“
So that is what I believe in. Strongly!