In most of our occurrences in life, we are faced with leadership situations that call for our direct and indirect intervention to avert any crisis. In a recent case, members of our institution were protesting of the rising cost of living as a result of the increasing fuel prices. This protest would undoubtedly lead to a disruption of the normal learning process as well as lead to the destruction of property as it has always been the case when the same happens.
However, I led a member committee to try and review the decision to organize a protest with regards to the rising cost of fuel and the increased cost of living. However, I managed to convince the members that the negative effects of a protest surpass the benefits. Considering the global rise in fuel prices, the rising cost of living was not, therefore, the responsibility of the government. The rising cost of fuel could not be therefore controlled internally hence a protest or no protest, the situation would not change much only that the effects of the protest would have a negative impact both on the institution and the country as well.
The school administration later came to know of my role in preventing the protest. I was given the award reserved for students with outstanding leadership qualities. From this experience, I learned that leadership was just about the role of being a leader but it calls for skills and leadership qualities to make a good leader. According to me, a good leader should be participative and involve in his/her leadership practice. Modern leaders should incorporate diverse leadership skills as the success of the skills depends on the perspective and leadership style. It entails the personality and individual traits of an individual to carry out a leadership role without necessarily being a leader. Above all, "what makes a good leader is an ability to matching individual talents and building skills that both enhance performance and individual strength".