After researching women from the 1800s i found one and I knew that was the one i wanted to write about. The womens name is Old Elizabeth. After reading her story she became an insperation to me. This women was African American and was born in 1766, which was a time when slavery was still used…ALOT! As a young child she was born into slavery. How would that feel, being born and having absolutly no control of what you can do woth your life. Luckly she got to live with her parents..until she was..eleven. Can you imagine being seperated from your parents when your eleven?! She was sold to another owner, and that owner lives several miles away from where her parents were working as slaves. Old Elizabeth asked her owner if she could go and visit her mother because she hasn’t seen her in a long time. her owner replied with “no”. Old Elizabeth went to see her mother anyways, against the word of her owner. She set off and walked 20 miles to see her mother! After saying with her mother for several days she set back to her owner. As she returned, her owner wasnt pleased with her, so he tied her to a rope and lashed her. A few months after she was lashed she moved back to her mothers farm, where she was sold again to her 4th owner. This man didn’t believe in slavery, so at the age of 13 she was set free and was never a slave again. Olf Elizebeth was very religious so after she was set free she went to religious ceremonies and she listened to people speak. After listening to other people speak about religion, she finally got the courage to go up and talk herself, when she was 43. She has inspired many people of the stories she told about slavery, and i feel that everyone that has delt with it has been a part of our history. Old Elizabeth died when she was 101, in 1866. One of the last things she had done was write an autobiography named Memoir of Old Elizabeth, a Coloured Woman, about her life, as a slave and getting out of slavery. She was 87 when she wrote the book. I wrote about Old Elizaebth becauseshe definatly inspired me, with all of the things she went through, and how she delt with them. In my eyes Old Elizabeth, is a hero!
What characteristics does a good leader have? In my opinion a good leader has to be courageous, willing to make risks, not think of themselves before others, trustworthy, and a leader definatly has to be confident. The most important characteristicts of a leader to me would have to be trustworthy and confident. If a leader wasn’y trustworthy nobody would put their trust in them which is what you need when your a leader. When your a leader you need the people around you to trust that you know what your doing. The most important to me, confident, would have to be because if a leader wasn’t confident they wouldn’t be able to tell themselves and the group that everything will be okay and a leader has to be confident in their abilities too.
Are leaders made? or born? A person isn’t “born” a leader, or “made” a leader. Nobody can make someone become a leader. If a person wants to be a leader than they can be one, but under their own circumstances. A person isn’t born a leader either. When you are born, you become a human being, but what you want to do with your life, is up to you, and only you.
Describe a time when you were a leader. Throughout my life, at different instances I feel i have portrayed different leadership skills, which makes me a leader…sometimes. Nobody is perfect, which mean’s nobody can be a leader for their whole life. Twice in my life, I have been chosen, by teachers for leadership conferences so in most cases I am a leader, in my opinion but, definatly not all the time. I have no problem admitting that I sometime am not a leader because it’s true, like i said nobody is perfect. I have gotten grounded for doing things that I shouldn’t, which I n=know weren’t the right thing to do but, I think the reason everybody makes mistakes is so we can learn from them and make ourselves stronger people.
Describe a time when you followed a leader. This past week, I went to a leadership council and we we’re doing some “games” to get to know each other. During one activity there was a kid that had participated in the game before so we all listened to what he had to say. After listening to him, we all gave our opinion on how we thought we should adjust how to do the game but, I had no clue how to do it so I just stood back and listened to what they had to say because I knew that would be the best for my team.
Can anyone be a leader? Absolutly!! Anybody CAN be a leader but, they need to put energy into it and take initiative themselves. When oppertunities come the person needs to take control or at least TRY. If you try that shows people that you want to become a leader. I feel the only people holding yourself back, is you.
Are you a leader? I do try to be a leader but, I feel that I cannot judge if I am a leader myself. I feel that to be a leader the people around you have to say you are one, or feel you are one because I think most everyone makes themselves more superior in their own heads.
What are you strongest abilities as a leader? As a leader i think that I make other people feel better about themselves and more confidant. My favorite thing is to see other people become happy because of what I do, that’s what put’s a smile on my face. I also think that people feel I’m trustworthy, and I feel I am too. People can tell me things and I know that I won’t tell anybody aand they know that too. I’m also there for ANYBODY that needs someone. Some people I don’t like because of things they may have done to me or other reason that I won’t discuss, but I will be there for you if I know that your going through something because I know what it feels like to be hurt like that, or to loose someone. There are other traits too but those are the one’s that I feel are most important.
If you don’t consider yourself a leader, what is standing in the way? Like i said before, nobody’s perfect, and I’m not even close. I do have many faults and some things that are holding me back are how shy I am when I first get somewhere and I’m surrounded by people I don’t know. Once I break out of my “shell” I am a social butterfly, but if I still haven’t gotten to know anybody, I will be the girl alone in the corner….