When I think about the traits a leader should exemplify, I think of a quote by John Quincy Adams that states, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” A good leader leads by example and never makes excuses for his or her shortcomings.
There have been many times in my life where I have taken a leadership role whether at school, at work or at home, and the expectations have never changed. A leader has to be motivated to help others. They should always want to see others achieve their goals. Leaders are not selfish and realize they have achieved their position based on the recognition from others. The same can be said for a proud parent – a leader in their own home – who pushes and motivates their children to be their best. They teach their child right from wrong, just from everyday living, thereby leading by example. Leaders at work or at school also exhibit this trait. If your supervisor takes pride in his or her job and reaps the benefits from their position, doesn’t it motivate you to do the same?
I look for leaders who are unselfish, honest mentors. I seek leaders that understand the road to success and could explain the pros and cons of any situation to prepare me for future challenges. In life, if I had to follow anyone’s lead, I would want them to be a respectable, honest and inspirational person.
Dominique McClain is an electrical engineer within the Advanced Design and Manufacturing Division. She is currently a participant in ECBC’s Progressive Rotational Inter-Divisional Exchange (P.R.I.D.E.) Program.