The Essence of Leadership
I believe a leader is someone who has the ability to take a group of individuals with different personalities, mindsets, and ideas and rally them together to achieve a common goal. A true leader is followed willingly because they are respected and treat others with respect. This philosophy has been my approach from the start as the Design Captain of my high school’s FIRST Robotics team (#4946 The Alpha Dogs). I believe everyone should have the opportunity to make positive contributions in their own way. Everyone on our team feels comfortable to share their ideas because they know their ideas are welcome. Our team has won four Excellence in Engineering awards at four different competitions last year, one of which was at the World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. Since then we have started a weekend program with some of my teammates called the Alpha Dogs Academy, where we help children grades six to eight apply engineering principles in a fun and educational way. Our goal with this program is to promote an interest in STEM fields. I have had the opportunity to help shape these children’s lives, and by doing so helps shape the future, making this a very meaningful experience for me.