Making an Ordinary Person into an Extraordinary Leader By Aprille Schoenecke

Aprille Schoenecke

_____As exemplified by the Marvel superhero movies, people admire heroic leaders who step up to save the day. The LDP exemplifies core leadership traits that make an ordinary person into an extraordinary leader. In regular situations that do not involve a villain or imminent danger, people are naturally drawn to follow individuals who excel at what they do and authentically care about others. A strong leader leads by example and service. A leader exemplifies respect, honesty, empathy, dedication, and approachable accountability. A leader is faithful and dependable. People watch the leader’s actions to see if they follow through with what they say they will do. After showing consistency with the many small things, people will more easily entrust themselves to the leader whole heartedly. Many of the core values of the LDP, I also possess. However, there are several on top of these core values in which I excel.                                                                                Humble confidence and tenacity are two important traits I possess. Even as super heroes fail, with tenacity and humility, they end victorious. I believe these traits are imperative to becoming the great leader one desires to be. No one becomes a super hero over just one night. Excellent leadership skills may take years of perfection. As one stays dedicated with a positive outlook, they will try again and again. As inventor Thomas Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. A reporter asked him, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps”.  It takes a bold, humble confidence to keep going in the light of uncomfortable interpersonal conflicts and dedication to develop the skills needed to lead well. That is the reason the LDP should continue to invest in me.                        The LDP should invest in young people who have a positive, humble confidence and unwavering tenacity to keep perfecting their interpersonal intelligence and leadership skills. As the world is filled with many natural born leaders, I believe not all possess the core foundation for which the LDP desires. A leader with mere charisma may not have the discipline or the dedication to be formed into a dependable leader. A wild stallion may have much natural strength and beauty but remain wild and unbroken. Iron Man said, “Heroes are made by the path they choose, not by the powers they are graced with”. I am grateful for the LDP and the practical instructions already gained by dedication to this student organization. The LDP should invest in the young people, like myself, who have chosen to be under authority so that they may receive the training to become extraordinary.