Peter O’Brian COLL/148 Due: October 7, 2012 Week 5 Leadership Outline: 100 point I. Introduction My project is about Peter O’Brian who completed the same major as myself but also doubled it with film. Something I look to doing in the near future. O’Brian has a BA in Communications and in Film he is a Canadian Producer and is considered “perhaps one of Canada’s best-known film producers” (Kayne, 2003). O’Brian is someone I aspire to be because of his background with my degree and with my passion for film. O’Brian has overcome many obstacles and has built a beautiful foundation for future entrepreneurs to follow.
O’Brian is an expert in communications because he had to market himself to get funding for his films, he had to have Public relations abilities to self-promote his films and he had to gain an expertise in what he was doing. II. Your Field of Study I chose to do Communications because I liked the options for a career that came with it. With a Bachelor’s degree it gives me credibility for work I already do and can be combined with a degree such as film to make me the I aspire to be. My expected graduation timeline is the spring of 2014 or that winter.
I hope to graduate within this timeframe because of the projects I have planned for the same year. In order to get in that timeframe I will have to take extra classes and really push myself academically to achieve this. III. Who is the leader I chose Peter O’Brian because he is a personal idol of mine and because his education background helped me when deciding my own. O’Brian has a reputation of being a film maker who demonstrates in his movies relativeness and connections with the people who see his films. He illustrates characters that anyone can look up to and aspire to be.
For film he has won 19 genie awards (Canadian Film Encyclopedia) and for communications he has demonstrated public relations skills to be his own publicist. IV. Characteristics of an effective leader An effective leader is creative and opened to new ideas (Vulliamy, 2010). I think O’Brian has clearly demonstrated that. He has created his own production company and sits on many boards to better himself and his business (Canadian Film Encyclopedia). V. Define Your Leadership Qualities My leadership qualities are: being passionate/dedicated, assertive, magnanimity and open minded.
My strengths are generating great ideas and getting people pumped to take action. From taking a personality test (Personality Test Center) from this course I’ve learned that I fit into the career I have planned for myself. I also realized that I love to start projects but am not always so keen on finishing them; which is a HUGE problem for me. One personal strength I possess, that can help support success in the future, is that I am great at public speaking. I know how to handle myself in the public setting and also love the environment. A weakness it finishing projects, I love to get them started but when it comes to the middle work I drag.
I love the ending work when all the middle work is done but it is a matter of being in the mood to do it. I am going to improve on this by at least trying to start or force myself to make head way and not wait to become “inspired” because that also can lead to procrastination of the project in itself. VI. Conclusion Peter O’Brian is an evolutional film maker and self-publicist. He is someone I aspire to be like and with his success I feel that he can help motivate me to action and become the person I want to be. His educational background and the one I am pursuing go hand in hand and I feel that he is someone I can look up to.
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