How Did Your Leadership Skills Evolve?

Growing up as a kid who was intrinsically bossy, I often heard other adults telling my dad that, because of my bossy ways, I possessed “leadership qualities.” I don’t know about that because I was considered an only child. My closet sibling in age was thirteen years older so I was 100% the baby of the family. Frankly, those qualities are more often attributed to being the bratty baby child. Later, and with much maturity, the domineering trait I harnessed became much more than a fondness of giving people orders and getting my way but shaped its way into being something people could rely on.   As a youth, group projects in grade school are a good example of the very first real chance I had at leading. Later in middle school it became more obvious that my peers relied on me for guidance. My knowledge was trusted and it was a good feeling. I knew I could be of assistance to them. Things really got interesting in college. I didn’t want to be doing all the work and believe me, some tried their best to slack off and place the work entirely upon me but I took that as an opportunity to provide mentorship. I couldn’t just oversee projects. I had to make an impression on my peers and exhibit good work ethic, organizational skills, time management, and dedication. I had to impress upon them the importance of hard work paying off in the end. This was my chance to have a real influence on them. I hoped to influence their overall college experience and possibly for the...