The author of Developing the Leader Within You 2.0, John C. Maxwell says, “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” Leadership ties us all together: athletic teams, high school clubs, civic organizations, families, politics, and large corporations. The qualities of a leader are within us all; my goal is to help Arkansans discover their potential to be an outstanding leader.
As a 13-year old entering the chaos of junior high, I was told time after time to begin “building my resume.” I began countless hours of volunteering, campaigns to run for officer positions, and brainstorming new ideas to take my leadership to the next level. Coming from a long line of entrepreneurs, I have been inspired by the pride they take in their work and how they achieve their goals. It is now my turn to inspire others to do the same, by teaching them how they can Lead to Succeed.
It is time we change the connotation of the word “leader”; it should be more than a position, it should be a lifestyle. Our lives are filled with busy schedules, daunting tasks, and pressures that can become burdens. But sadly, we lack genuine leadership. As a titleholder it is my duty to challenge those around me, lead by example, and help them accomplish their goals.
Lead to Succeed: The Future Starts Now can be implemented into all age groups following these simple steps:
- Learn your strengths and weaknesses
- Gain experience
- Be open-minded
- Lead by example
Leadership sets you apart; your ability to lead could be the difference in your team winning or losing, getting an officer position in a school club or even landing your dream job. For me, that job is Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen. As Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen, I want to inspire the people of Arkansas to reach their full leadership potential as they accomplish their goals one day at a time. After all, I believe past behavior indicates future performance and the future starts now!