1. The way I best deal with tension in a stressful situation is by making sure I understand the reason for the tension. If I can understand the cause of the tension it makes it easier to solve the situation, and also gives me insight on what not to do so I can prevent the tension in the future.
2. If you find yourself following an ineffective leader, you should continue to add value. You can do this by developing a strong relationship with the person, identifying and appreciating their strengths, and committing yourself to adding value to your leader’s strengths. Once you’re sure you have these done (make sure they know you want to complete them rather than compete with them), you can develop a plan to complement their weaknesses (with their permission), supply them with resources about good leadership, and publicly support them.
3. I determine what “hat” (role) I need to wear in a certain situation by determining other people’s roles in the situation, as well as the cause and goal of the situation.
4. Some ideas/products/services provided by my quad that are important enough that I would let someone else take credit for them even if I contributed are: Any ideas really (but especially when it comes to solving a problem)- if we’re discussing a topic within our quads and I come up with a good idea but someone else is presenting those ideas, I wouldn’t jump in saying it was my entirely my idea, since it’s disruptive and I probably would have never come up with the idea without the rest of the discussion with my quad mates. The same goes for any products we may create as a quad- The idea of a quad is to work as a whole, so if someone in my quad gets the credit, I feel as if I’m getting it as well.
5. Some advantages of being out front are getting the credit and recognition of the success (this may be through gain of money, fame, promotion, etc.), but the disadvantages are getting the blame for any unsuccessful aspects (this can be through loss of trust, image, title, etc.).
6. I relate and align myself to my committee’s vision mainly by understanding how my role affects the bigger picture (the trip), how my role affects others around me, and what I can do to succeed in that role.
7. One way I have experienced the influence challenge before is through lack of confidence. When I was younger I was very shy and did not speak up much, which lead to many people not wanting to approach me, since they didn’t know what kind of a person I was.