Five Leadership Practices by Fletcher Oxford

  • As a result of attending workshop 1, which one of the Five practices of Exemplary Student Leadership do you want to learn more about and consciously try to improve during the next 4 months leading up to Workshop II?

    I have chosen, “Enable others to act”

    Why have you chosen this practice to focus upon?

    As the perfectionist I am, I struggle to sometimes take the back foot approach and let others do the work, because I can often lack trust in the idea that they could achieve the task to a higher standard than what I could do myself. Enabling others to do the work that I lead them in is one of my weaker leadership traits and I have chosen this practice because I would like to further develop my understanding of this type of leadership and impliment my learnings in a practical leadership situation. Strengthening this trait will strengthen me as a leader, for I have come to realise just how important it is to sometimes stand back and let others put your advice into action.

    What are two things that you will try to do during this 4 month period, which should help you to be more effective when using this practice?

    “Show me how you would approach this?”, is an important question and mentality that I will bare in mind throughout the next 4 months in any situation where I feel I have taken a leadership stance. Often, it is letting others listen to their own advice, after the leader provokes the thought process, that more effectively builds trust and respect within the team environment. I will ensure that in my leadership antics I am not delegating and pushing and pursuing my own opinion, without first genuinely letting those I am leading construct an opinion for themselves and do their best to persuade that it should be acted upon.
    Silently evaluating with the upmost of patience, is another thing I shall bare in mind during the next 4 months. Often when a leader identifies a team member doing something supposedly incorrect or inefficient, they will jump up straight away and shed light on the issue, whilst stating how they think it should be solved. Being a leader is not only about achieving goals, but also about growing the people which you lead as individuals and aiding them in their path to be better than they were before. Learning can be done in a variety of ways, but one of the most effective is to sit silently and let others learn from their own mistakes. This way, it is self evaluation leading to change, then leading to improvement, as opposed to being told “That’s wrong” and the leader not taking the time to let them figure it out for themselves . This is something that I want to significantly improve on in the coming months; patience. Good learning and real ambitions take time.


    Cheers :)

    Fletcher Oxford