Professionalism

An excellent businessman and/or manager must be very professional and have a high sense of professionalism at all times with no exceptions. This includes, but is not limited to, talking eloquently with others, getting things done with external organizations from all over the world, always dressing sharply, and just having a certain sense of confidence radiating at all times. Strengths: My professionalism is very strong. Physically speaking, I usually dress casually but not to the extent of not being able to enter certain situations. There is a time and a place to where basketball shorts and a hoodie, and there are times where a pair of slacks and a button up are necessary. I try to be cosmopolite, and understand what's going on around me. Former bosses have commented on this strength numerous times. While working at Fedex and Champion Group, wearing jeans was not an option. When dealing with customers and dealing with high end clients, the client must be comfortable with whom he/she is dealing with and attire is one of the comforting variables. I have very set goals that I will follow through with my life. Taking into regard that entrepreneurship requires much professionalism; the Entrepreneurship Orientation Assessment showed that I am a highly potential entrepreneur. I have a high need for achievement. I am motivated to accomplish goals in a professional setting. At the age of 18, I started my own “business” buying Porsches, doing work to make them run smoothly and work better, and selling them. I have been involved in a lot of different jobs and environments and because of that I enjoy seeing the skills that I have acquired to one day open up my own company where I utilize and use all the skills that were learned. Being confident enough to purchase those Porsches was one thing, but having the know how and the experience to make them appealing and being able to resell them makes it all worthwhile. Weaknesses: Professionally speaking, I am not very flexible to others' ideas. It is hard for me to see where others are coming from, yet that is what I need to do in order to make the work place fair. Also I can listen to others ideas, its just being able to put my ideas aside is the tough part. It is difficult to accept and understand their ideas when the only one that is being really and truly thought about is mine. I know that professionalism requires having a bit of flexibility. This ties in to leadership as well. In addition, the Are You Self Empowered? Assessment showed that although I can be self-empowered, I tend to be very negative at times. Being negative can be a burden on the other people that I can work with. It can strain relationships as well as stall work that should be getting done. But being that I realize this, I can change and work on that aspect as well.

Leadership

Leadership is the ability to influence and manage others in effectively getting tasks done. Leadership involves a hardworking individual who stands up for what they believe in and understands when and how to use their power to positively control a group of people. Good organizational and communicational skills are a must in this area. Strengths: In my Leadership Style Self Assessment, I interpreted that I had a high score in leadership to get a task done. As the leader, I will do anything for something to be completed through focus and determination. In addition, a leader must be persuasive, organized, and have a sense of professionalism-- I definitely carry all three of these inclinations. The Personal Power Profile supported my leadership characteristics. In fact, according to the assessment, I scored just above

average in utilizing all five dimensions of power (reward power, coercive power, legitimate power, referent power, expert power). I can give a great example that underscores my leadership skills. I was the chairperson of the AYF Chapter in San Francisco and there were several occasions where some members weren’t following procedures and needed to be relieved and resigned out of the organization. I used different types of power to influence others. I had to schedule meetings with the member at hand and let them know straight out that they needed to either sign a letter of resignation or be banned from the organization due to lack of attendance as well as help for the community that all the other members had been doing and showing. I believe that leadership involves this sense of likeness and one must like the fact that they are leading a group of people; I know I definitely did. Lastly, in the Global Readiness Self Assessment, I scored above average, meaning that I am receptive towards global mindset, global knowledge, and global work skills. I understand many standards of different cultures and can be respectful of cultural differences. Working, and particularly leading, people from different cultures and backgrounds is not a problem for me. Weaknesses: The Leadership Style Self Assessment pointed out that I had leadership concern for the task, but it also showed that I was only average in leadership concern for the people. This shows that when I am in charge or when there is a task to be done, I cannot sit there and wait for someone to figure themselves out before I get my work done. Everyone needs to be on top of their game in order for everything to work. I know that all leaders must think conceptually and realize to think outside of the box. Sometimes it is difficult for me to do so, I need to be able to be more open and understanding to other peoples circumstances and be able to see what they are going through. If I can do that, then the people I work with will be able to be more open and vocal rather than shut off and reclusive. That is one major flaw that I need to work on, I need to be able to understand that not everyone is the same and just because they see the goal it doesn’t mean that they are fully focused and ready to take on the task at hand.

Conceptual Skills

As a manager, one has to be able to understand where they are working and be able to add on to that company and understand who they are working with. Analytical observations, along with conceptual interpretations, can make or break a company. Conceptual skills involve seeing the big picture, without that vision and that sight to see the big picture, many operational ideas and goals cannot be met at all. Strengths: I am very analytical when it comes to decision-making. I try to look at every option before jumping into anything and I have to analyze the situation before making a big decision. For example, I do not just throw my money into a vehicle that I know I cannot make any profit out of. I first have to see what the pros and cons are about it and see what type of return I will get with all the extras also added to it. I tend to be objective and try my best to see the big picture with outcomes to certain situations. Weaknesses: Overall, I scored very low on the Emotional Intelligence Assessment and the Innovative Attitude Scale. It is hard for me to understand the big picture, even though I do believe I try my best in doing so. Sometimes, I tend to over-analyze the little things and thus not understand the

big picture. Basic logic and over-analyzing situations override my ability to have innovative ideas, and I understand that this can be a hindrance in managerial positions. I lack in the creativity department overall, and I know that I can work on this by self-improvement and critical thinking classes, seminars, and books.

Communication

In any kind of setting, communicating well is a very important aspect for everyone in general. Communicating with students about classes, communicating with friends about social events, and most importantly, communicating with coworkers and bosses about jobs, are all different settings in which we must correspond well with each other. Communicating well involves having an open mind, speaking about what’s on your mind, and listening clearly to others with a great deal of understanding. Strengths: In my opinion, I believe that I have strengths in communicating to people face-to-face or even via other means (email, phone…etc). I believe I am better at communicating verbally, though, since I feel that emotions, interactions, and other things can be taken up verbally rather than, for example, via email. Verbally, one can emphasize what’s being said and also change perspectives and offer extra information more easily. An example of this would be as follows: if someone asked me about my favorite subject in school via email, I would just type in an answer, send it in, and wait for a reply. However, if it were done verbally, I would be able to answer him with interactions, and speak clearly about my subject if more questions were asked on the spot. Nonetheless, I tend to say what’s on my mind, no matter who the latter person is and our means of communication, and back up my words with evidence and support. For example, if a friend and I are having a political conversation about whom we might vote for in an election, I will gladly argue my side of the spectrum. More importantly, though, I will let my friend argue his side and listen carefully to what is being said. I try to never look down at another person and judge them because of their ideals. In addition, it is important to always communicate with a sense of understanding where the other person is coming from. For instance, if I am communicating with a narrow-minded native from my home country who does not clearly understand essentials of democracy, I will not get angry with their point of view. In communicating, I try to “put myself in the other person’s shoes” and at least try to understand where they are coming from, and hope that their ignorance is only ephemeral. This concept ties in with the idea that communication involves having a very open mind. In fact, my Diversity Awareness Assessment score supports this aspect. I am comfortable with how I feel in communicating my thoughts and feelings in a setting and sharing responses about diversity. On another note, I also have an amazing ability to utilize appropriate communications technology. I can use various computer softwares (such as word processors, slide show editors, and even messaging programs) that definitely expand my knowledge in communication. I can easily organize communications into these programs, especially for times when verbally communicating is not a possibility. Weaknesses: As much as I believe that I have much strength in communicating with others, I believe that I do not communicate as strongly when talking to a group of people. Class presentations, thus, are a weakness of mine. Sometimes I assume that I am not getting the respect I deserve if I am in front of a classroom or group of people. I think to myself, “What if someone is not listening and thinks I am boring?” which leads to me becoming nervous and jittery in communicating in front

of large crowds. A lack of public speaking confidence probably ties in with this weakness of mine. However, I know that I can improve this skill by becoming better at presentations and doing them more often. I can also improve on my intuitive ability; I got an average score with the Intuitive Ability Self-Assessment, which tells me that I need to develop better instinctual skills that will thus most probably improve my communication skills greatly.

Teamwork

Teamwork is an incredible skill that is doable only by some people. It involves working with others to get the same goal done. To achieve excellent teamwork skills, a group of people must have an open mind to each others’ ideas. Loyalty, truthfulness, and understanding are three main characteristics that people on a team should have. Strengths: Luckily, I believe that I retain all three of these characteristics, making me an exceptional team player. I realize that teamwork is very effectual in getting things done. I know how to show a great amount of respect for others on a team getting one job done, no matter how different our personal relations might be. For example, I once had to team up with an acquaintance for a group project, and I absolutely did not like his personality. I put our differences aside, and we ended up doing very well on the project. Although we weren’t very compatible with each other on a personal level, I tried my best to be loyal and understanding towards him for that period of time for that project. All of these strengths of mine were actually proven after taking the Are You a Team Player Assessment, in which I was evaluated as having a good readiness for working in a team. I know that I am especially good with working with small teams, too, no matter who the team members are. I tend to not judge others, and hope that our common goal will push us all to work efficiently. Group assignments in school, cooperating with coworkers in work environments, and social associations I belong to tend to help me with making me a better team player. In the Group Effectiveness Assessment, I scored as being able to be in an effective group. I am able to help a group become more effective by putting in my ideas and trying to manage and organize others’ opinions. I understand that working together with many types of people is easily one of the most efficient ways of becoming successful in life. I know that this strength will only develop further as I move onto my career later on in life. Weaknesses: I may have exceptional teamwork skills, but I do see myself as having one weakness. I tend to become stagnant and, unfortunately, slack off if there are too many team members working together to achieve one goal, especially if I am not the leader. If it is hard to get my word out in a large group, I will just leave the work up to them so they can get it done, especially when my ideas are negatively looked upon. Essentially, I am a lot better at working in a small team rather than a large group of more than ten or so people. I do feel that this can be amended if I work on communicating better with large groups, which is a weakness I have stated about in the “Communications” section. Overall, though, I praise teamwork and love being part of groups to get a set goal done.

Self-Management

Self-management is the ability to manage oneself independently from others. Self-management involves taking responsibility for oneself. Setting goals and accomplishing them, even with obstacles in the way, is something that self-management is needed for.

Strengths: I believe that I am very strong in this aspect. I am very organized, and I can manage many things at once. Even the Personal Values Self-Assessment showed that I was generally very wellrounded in having high scores in most personal values, scoring especially high in the financial, family, and social areas. These three things are needed for me to self-manage my life for the better. For instance, scoring high in the financial area showed that I am very financially driven. With regards to family, they are definitely people that I need to help me self-manage well because they are the ones there for me, pushing me and supporting me towards high-set goals. Socially, I need my friends and fun events to balance out my life. I believe that my selfmanagement is strengthened with these personal values, especially when it comes down to balancing them all out with each other. Consequently, I have outstanding time management skills that definitely help me in self-managing. I tend to not procrastinate (as compared with most people my age) when things need to get done, and I know how to set priorities to get things completed in the most efficient manner possible. Interestingly enough, I tend to write an agenda of what needs to be done the following day every night-- including work, schoolwork, social and family events-- and follow through with the schedule the following day. Weaknesses: After taking the Tolerance for Ambiguity Assessment, I saw that I definitely had a weakness when it came to tolerating unclear situations. In fact, I completely understand and have always noticed that I am able to manage many things at a time, but only if there are set rules and regulations, with little ambiguity and spontaneity. This is a weakness in that I always need to have clear-cut directions and a very rigid organization to what needs to be done. It is also a negative weakness for the business world, in which not everything will be so clear cut all the time. If something throws me off and makes a situation less orderly, it is hard for me to stay focused. I tend to stress out indefinitely, and blame everything on myself if I do not have a set of guidelines to follow when things start to go wrong, as I start doubting my abilities and myself. This weakness can unquestionably be worked on as I start putting myself in more critical, ambiguous situations as I grow into the real world outside of school.

Conclusion:

I have learned a lot about myself through this self-assessment. Most of my weaknesses are related. For example, I can work on my communication and leadership skills by becoming a better public speaker in front of large groups. My negative attitude can be worked on to make me a better professional person and help me become a better leader as well. I can also learn how to tolerate ambiguous situations, which will help me both conceptually and professionally. At UC Irvine, many upper division courses and social activities will help me in improving my weaknesses to strengths. For example, the more involved I become with my fraternity and associations, the better I will become at speaking in public settings. A speech class can also help in this. Critical thinking classes (such as various economics and management electives) will aid me with weaknesses that I have as well. I think that I need to undeniably work on my weaknesses, especially those in regard to my communication and leadership skills. With time, improvement, and experiences, I will become a more successful person in these six aspects and I will be more ready for managerial positions and potential careers.