You might ask, what is a leadership credo? A leadership credo defines a person’s set of beliefs regarding leadership style, or the qualities it takes to be an effective or impactful leader. It’s important to have this credo as a guide and a reminder as to how to behave and act as a leader in order to be successful. My three values for me credo are loyalty, happiness, and integrity.
I was born June 16, 1996 in Mount Holly. My family moved to Marlton in 1998 and I started elementary school in 2001. In 2003, I started playing travel soccer, and this is where I met my best friends. Travel soccer showed me what it means to have integrity and how to be a team player. My coaches showed me the type of person I wanted to be, and I believe they shaped me into the person I am today.
- “All excellent leaders have their own style, but the common denominator is that they invest time and emotional energy in teaching and expect all other leaders to do the same thing. Teaching is a way of life for them” (Ruben 2006)
In 2005, my parents signed me up for lacrosse without my permission. I didn’t want to try it but I did anyway, and it ended up being a huge part of my life. I also started middle school and was surrounded by an entirely different group of people. It was important for me to keep a positive attitude during this time.
- Attitude is a choice, and your attitude determines your actions (Ruben 2006)
After some injuries, I went to the physical therapist for the first time. It seemed like a cool job, and I started thinking about my future as a physical therapist.
When I started high school, I was put in math classes two years ahead and I had a difficult time learning precalc and calc. I had to be tutored which seemed embarrassing at the time, and I learned what it was like to not be at the top of my class and to have to work hard to be successful.
I finally got accepted to Rutgers, and I decided to major in exercise science on the track to becoming a physical therapist. I had a difficult time adjusting at school and I didn’t feel as comfortable as I had hoped. I really struggled in math and science classes, and I was unsure of my future.
- “Self-assessment refers to the need for leaders to understand themselves, know who they are, recognize their strengths and liabilities, realize their personal vulnerabilities, and acknowledge their motives, goals, and reactions” (Ruben 2006).
After I joined club lacrosse, thinks started to get better. I was able to play one of my favorite sports and I met some of my best friends. I’m thankful that I decided to try it out.
Joining sigma kappa was the best decision of my college career. I found my best friends, and the members of the sorority supported me during my academic struggles. With their support, I came to the realization that I needed to change my major and find something that better suited my strengths. For the first time, I had no real idea of what I wanted to do, but it was a liberating feeling.
I tried out different classes in the School of Arts and Sciences, but nothing clicked right away. Once I started taking human resources classes, I finally felt comfortable and happy. I realized that it can take time to find what makes you happy, but it’s important to find a major where you enjoy what you do.
- “Leaders manage the dream. All leaders have the capacity to create a compelling vision, one that takes people to a new place, and the ability to translate that vision into a reality” (Ruben 2006)
During the summer of 2016 I had an internship in human resources and it was an amazing experience where I could finally apply my skills. My boss was an outstanding mentor and I was able to gain confidence in my leadership and communication skills. It was also through this experience that I learned the importance of having integrity in HR. HR is a role that requires leaders to be honest and to make choices that benefit the company as a whole.
- “Leaders…challenge us to face problems for which there are no simple, painless solutions – problems that require us to learn new ways” (Ruben 2006)
Taking leadership roles in my sorority and on my lacrosse team have made me more confident in myself and excited for the future. The roles are big commitments, but they make me feel more involved and important. I can’t wait to see what the future holds and where I’ll be after graduation!
- Motivating, guiding, directing, and gaining the commitment of others is necessary in creating change (Ruben 2006)