Lead yourself exceptionally well

As a frequent procrastinator, I know that having good management over oneself is the first step in making yourself a more effective leader overall. Once you regain charge over yourself and your actions, you’ll be able to better lead others. I want to be able to lead myself exceptionally well because I think it would aid me in the course of my life by making me more proactive, organized, and put-together. In Talons, you don’t always get put in a major leadership position where you’re responsible for a group or even any other people. When you’re given smaller but just as important roles, leading yourself ensures that you’re a well-oiled component of the machine that is your collective group.

Become a go-to player

Go-to players work hard under pressure and try to deliver even when circumstances aren’t in their favour. I want to become a go-to player because such a person would be invaluable to whatever team they’re a part of. As of now, I adapt to the mood of the group, meaning that when morale is low, I feel discouraged and idle. To be a go-to leader would mean working that much harder regardless of the situation to produce the best results for my group. In Talons, there are certainly moments when you have a lot on your plate and may feel low but being a go-to player would mean looking on the bright side and powering through, and I think that is an amazing asset for any Talons learner.

Put completing fellow leaders ahead of competing with them

As a person who’s accustomed to leading and being in charge, it can be difficult for me to hand the reigns over to someone else and allow them to make executive decisions I may not agree with. I can often become antagonistic or competitive, so I think this leadership rule could really benefit me. Working with fellow leaders instead of against them could lead to better overall results for all people involved. Talons is full of leaders who are used to being placed in charge. In such an environment, it’s important that we contribute to one another’s leadership to help make everyone the best leaders we can be.

Avoid office politics

A lot of unnecessary drama can occur in groups, and I’m guilty of getting caught up in these minor details rather than keeping the focus of the group in mind. I think staying focused and on task could really help keep me efficient and undistracted. In Talons, tangents and minor conflicts are frequent, and I think we all struggle a bit with staying on task. Avoiding “office politics” could help us all maximize productivity and minimize disruptions.

See everyone as a ”10”

When I’ve been in a fast-paced gifted program for most of my life, being in groups with mainstream students can be frustrating. Not only am I acclimated to people who think similarly to me, but it can be difficult for me to connect with people outside my social circle. In Talons, everyone supports one another. Respect is an essential part of any beneficial relationship, and viewing a fellow Talons learner as beneath you would make the various group activities we do difficult to manage.

Model the behaviour you desire

I consider myself a person who tries to positively impact those around me, but in stressful situations, I may not act as I wish I would. The composure a good leader should be able to uphold isn’t always achievable, but I hope to eventually become the kind of person that incites others to want to be a part of my group. In Talons, we’re constantly learning and adapting to one another. They say a team is only as good as its least adept member, which is why we should all constantly strive to be good models of behaviour.