of my favorite quotes is “teamwork makes the dream work.” 
Teamwork can be a real challenge in the diverse environment I grew up
in because it meant trying to get people from varying backgrounds to
get along, understand each other, and work towards a common goal. 
My parents are from different cultures and I have attended an
international school for 13 years.  I grew up in Houston, TX
which is considered one of the most diverse cities in the country. 
I have found myself in many frustrating situations where the people
involved could not agree on the value of the goal they are trying to
achieve.  For example, as editor of my school yearbook, I need
to recruit new members.  However, many students in my school
come from different countries where a school yearbook is not part of
their culture.  Putting together a yearbook is a huge task that
takes almost an entire year to complete.  I need to work extra
hard to recruit members, keep them motivated, and make sure they give
their best efforts so we can have a yearbook we can all be proud of.
lesson I learned is the team can only be as good as its leader. 
I believe a leader is more than someone who gives orders to those
around her.  To be a leader means to be inspirational, fair,
trustworthy, and confident.  Inspiration means motivation. 
A leader must be able to bring out the best in others, helping them
perform to the best of their abilities.  Fairness means being
able to listen to different opinions and being able to make the
appropriate decision for the good of the group, instead of for one
person.  Trustworthiness means integrity.  A leader must be
of good moral character so that others can depend on her to be
truthful and follow through with her promises.  Lastly, a
leader’s confidence is a manifestation of her competence.  This
means that she is able to make difficult decisions and lead the group
to meet their goals.
plan to embody these leadership values as guiding principles in my
everyday life, not only when I am in a leadership position.  I
believe that being a leader is not just an official designation. 
The leadership values can be useful in helping me effectively discern
and make decisions no matter the difficulty of the situation. 
is planted within the individual and grows with the person.  It
embodies ideals for self-discovery that will expand to larger
groups.  Embracing these ideals will make not only me a better
person but also help to strengthen others.  The difference I
hope to make in the world is to inspire others to be better by
knowing that I am fair and trustworthy in everything I do.  


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