Personal Narrative: My Interest In Organizational Leadership

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My interest in Organizational Leadership began at a young age, before I knew what organizational leadership was or why it was important. From a young teenage cadet in Civil Air Patrol to a manager of a global team today, leadership has been the core element. To succeed as a manager in a globalized world means understanding leadership as it relates to the organization, international groups, local groups and understanding how to bring them under one umbrella.
Leadership is my past, present and future. It defined me as a child at age 10 when a friend of mine whom I was at a camp with lost her father and we needed to pack and leave. While others were not sure how to react, I stood up and began to help her pack. I figured out who lived close to
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There are personalities, requirements, and cultures that are involved in everything we do. As the head of research, a team that I established out of the Philippines, I work with different cultures every day. When I first stepped into the role, I was completely unfamiliar with the culture and how it might impact the business. At the start, I struggled a little, as I tried to understand why no one spoke up at team meetings. Why if the family were ill, they didn’t show up, or if it rained the next day, everyone was sick. I spent time in the Philippines working late nights with the team on projects, listening to team members to better understand what was going on in their lives, earning their trust little by little. In exchange, while I was learning about them, they were learning about my leadership style and my culture. My team is small; we provide research to every department across the company in every region of the world. Being culturally sensitive to one another has allowed the team to grow and develop over the years. It has allowed us to develop new deliverables to help sales executives in Europe, understand digital trends in North America, and flourish individually. For those who thought they could never be a leader, they have successfully completed a term as a team supervisor, realizing their limits and pushing…show more content…
In addition, it will provide a better understanding of global issues found in the workplace while being culturally sensitive. It will advance my ability in research by improving my storytelling ability and strategic communication to my superiors. This course brings together for me improved methods to communicate my research across the global company, look at global citizens and how working in an international company requires different leadership styles, and improve my leadership skills at

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