Opinion piece
27 July 2018

Seeing Leadership Differently

When Putri Nur Inshirah binti Borman had an idea for a group assignment project, she refused to accept a differing opinion and executed it her way.

The 21-year-old loves power and wants to lead. An international business student with ambitions to be top management, Putri disliked group members sitting idly while waiting for instructions to work on projects. She reacted by ordering them around.

In college, her actions were frowned upon and she lost a few friends. While her relationships with family and friends are great, she struggled with group assignment projects.

“People often told me I’m bossy and wouldn’t listen,” said Putri.

After attending Life Skills during her first year in Taylor’s University, she began to see leadership in a different light.

“In class, I learnt that being a follower comes before becoming a leader and they don’t always need my support.”

“People open up more when I am empathetic. For example, they are willing to share their problems further when I understand their feelings. It builds up me as a leader,” she added.

The eldest of four, Putri, completed the famous Myer Briggs Type Indicator® Personality Test and a leadership pop quiz. Results reminded her to always look at the bigger picture and revealed unknown facts about herself.

“Now, instead of ordering people around and telling them what to do, I delegate. I toned down a lot and let my group figure out their own tasks. I realised when I lead too much and stop giving instructions, they don’t know what to do,” said Putri.

While Putri is comfortable being a follower, she admitted she’d get frustrated if she’s in a badly-led group and allow her domineering self to shows up.  

“Thankfully, at Taylor’s, there are many good leaders and I’m happy supporting our group assignments.” 
Putri, who is part of Taylor’s Society of Performing Arts (SPART), wants to be a better leader who can balance between being understanding and strict towards others.

The Taylor's Team