Disclaimer: This essay to see if I can fit our cultures box of qualified and worthy of being part of NJHS, which is truly a great society. I mean you can have a society for anything, so a National Junior Honor one is cool. This essay should not be taken literally and I do not care if my parents insist on me changing this. I am a teenager now. (Like officially!) You have probably read multiple well-written essays so I am basically writing this to put my fresh twist on the same old essay to hopefully raise my chances of getting into this society. Now I’ll just get into this essay.
Many words can be interpreted two ways. This is true of the word leadership. If you look up leadership on Wikipedia, the first paragraph is
has been described as “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support in which one person can enlist the aid and task”, although there are alternative definitions of leadership. For example, some understand a leader simply as somebody whom people follow, or as somebody who guides or directs others, while others define leadership as “organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal”.
That is the way that the world likes to define things. Big, lengthy, well-thought out descriptions of words that aren’t necessarily very complicated, depending on how you look at it. I’m sure if you asked a child what leadership is, you would get an answer like, ‘being a leader.’ But if you ask me, a slightly more advanced child, I would say something along the lines of, ‘it’s more of an intangible quality that few people are naturally born with that most normal humans have to work to maintain. It’s important and if you have good leadership, you can influence and guide people to do a task or accomplish something.’ So many great feats in human history could not have been accomplished without great leaders.
I am at a young impressionable state and I believe that when you are at my age, you need to find role models that will direct in the correct way. I have multiple role models, but a major one is John Green, author and video blogger. He is definitely a leader in the vlogging world. He and his brother have followers (one huge component of being a leader) they have explored new ways of interacting with the world (another huge component), and he has been recognized on a national level for his books. The immense following that he has is remarkable. Many authors have fans of their books, but John takes this to a whole new level. His YouTube channel that he shares with his brother has 1,806,244 followers. He has organized many “Nerdfighter” gatherings. (Nerdfighters are the name of the fan group for his YouTube channel.) One of my favorite quotes by him is,
"The real heroes anyway aren’t the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention."
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
I think this quote pertains particularly to leadership because leaders don’t necessarily need to be loud and super vocal to get your point across and be a good leader.
I think another big thing is that when you do pick a role model, you can have someone famous and whatnot, but I think that you also should have someone who is a active person in your life. One of my role models that play a role in my life is my softball coach. This is my second year playing on her team and she had left an impression on me. She’s about hard work and the act that you get what you put in.
Leadership. This is a word with serious connotations. When leaders are brought up, most think of big, brawny, ancient kings, who ruled vast civilizations and had huge armies. But you need to realize that there are leaders in your normal everyday life. If you become one, or you learn which kind of leader you want to listen to, you can help stay on the right life path and keep your morals, values, and goals in sight. Just remember that you have a choice who you listen to.
"I figured something out. The future is unpredictable."
―John Green, An Abundance of Katherines