I believe leaders are not just born and leadership is always in the making. Now that I understand leadership as a continuum instead of an end point, it is easier for me to work on a development plan for it. The purpose of this leadership self-analysis journal is to critically reflect on and discuss some of the opportunities for leadership development that I was able to identify from the activities taken up in this course. Based on the activities, I was able to identify challenges and it is based on these challenges that I identified the necessary goals for improvement. Existing research work and course notes were instrumental in choosing a feasible goal and for working realistically towards it based on opportunities. In taking this course, the morning activities were insightful in understanding the form of strengths and weaknesses in me which are not conducive for the making of an effective leader. In the first set of exercises, one of the tasks was to find something to read and to write a review on it, to develop a vision statement and to practice media deprivation.
I am just highlighting some of the few tasks that I found interesting and which was also instrumental in helping me assess my self-strengths and weaknesses and how it connects to developing my leadership potential. Primarily consider the first element of reading something in the library. This activity taught me how long it was since I took time out to read something that was not a short blog or an article review or anything that could not be read in five to ten minutes. It showed me how short my attention span had become. Except for in course sessions and when preparing for classes, as a student I believe I spend less time in reading something in leisurely time. I believe this has shortened my attention span. Secondly, the media deprivation was yet another element that I found was needed to highlight to me how my lessening attention span came to be. Even after switching of some application such as Facebook on my phone, I kept checking continuously for updates. It was some time before I was able to properly wean myself away from it.