What does a 21st century leadership require?
Nearly everyone has felt left out at some point in their lives. Moving to a new school, being chosen last for a team, encountering a physical or verbal bully, not hanging out with the popular kids, or doing poorly in subjects these are ways that people may feel like an outsider as they are growing up. Some are made to feel like perpetual outsiders based on aspects of lives that they cannot change such as skin color, gender, age, etc.
Since I was 5, I remember changing school in every 2 year or sometimes twice in a year. I have studied from 10 different schools because my father was a Government official, he was transferred from one place to another within the country. Together with the stress of aligning with curriculum I also had to go through exclusion in new schools. With time, I learnt the art of adaptability and growing in a multicultural environment. When I grew up, the story continued.
While working in more than 3 cities across India and Germany in the last 4 years, I have interacted with co-workers and customers across continents – in UK, Germany, Australia, and Singapore. People were diverse in terms of ethnic groups, their backgrounds, style of thinking and ways of working. I gradually acquired the skills to independently navigate life in a foreign culture and respect them. These experiences have taught me to move beyond diversity and embrace inclusion. So back to the question. What does a 21st century leadership require? In my view, it requires inclusive leaders.
Inclusion bridges gaps in diversity and those differences are leveraged to focus on the common goals. This leadership quality has enabled me to resolve conflicting situations more effectively and engage people around me. Strengths that I will bring to my study experience include inclusive leadership and social skills, refined through my experiential learning. I would break barriers and make sure that even unpopular voices have a seat at the table. I will organize my experiences in the college community for the purposes of both engagement and reflection, and socially navigate among diverse personalities and power differences. This way each fellow student will feel respected and the class will be more integrated.
Despite a strong desire to continue studies after under graduation, I found that I cant easily pay for Graduate School due to low family income. The situation has not changed much even today. Thus ,I use this opportunity to demonstrate financial need. This scholarship will play an important role in making college more accessible and affordable, and paving the way for me to be successful my career goals. By reducing financial concerns, scholarships can also mean more time for studying and will allow me to maximize college experience through community service and volunteer opportunities. Moreover, in order to watch us(women) to compete in a Science and Business field, a certain levelling up of playing field is required.