During my internship experience, I have contributed to the completion of two projects thus far. The first project that I contributed to was a comparative price analysis between the company and Amazon. The process would have been extremely difficult for our intern team if we weren’t able to effectively communicate and identify our strengths and weaknesses. I was able to lead the team in these areas by employing an active leadership strategy, and motivating my fellow interns to identify the aforementioned traits. In addition, as I have stated in my previous blog posts, the nature of internship is virtual and instructions are given remotely. As a result, remembering instructions for tasks can be difficult. My internship team and I have ran into this problem numerous times. I have led my team past this adversity by designating one person on our team to communicate problems to our boss. This made certain that the same question wasn’t asked more than once; ensuring that problems were dealt with quickly and efficiently
Our second project was to expand the company’s social media network and increase the company websites virtual traffic. I dealt with the company’s SEO and SEM (search engine optimization and search engine management). My assignment was independent for the most part, but I was still able to influence my team in a positive manner. I completed my work to the best of my ability, and this raised the quality of the work in the other projects. Looking back on this project, I believe that it was a perfect example of employing passive leadership. Though my work was independent, I was able to lead by example and positively impact the teams performance. I learned that, in the right circumstances, employing leadership through a secondary channel (passively) can be just as effective as any active leadership style.