Being a teacher has helped me understand the importance of knowing every facet of leadership and how imperative it is to be an effective leader. The first step to becoming an effective leader is understanding what it means to be a leader and becoming conscious of your strengths and weaknesses. According to Merriam-Webster, a leader is a person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country (2018). Yet there are so many other qualities a person should possess to be considered an effective leader. Participating in the self-assessments in this course has given me an opportunity to identify if I am an effective leader. The assessments have been eye-opening because it led me to develop a deeper understanding of my actions, motives, and values; and how they contribute to positive outcomes or negative consequences. Learning about myself through these self-assessments has been an investment in the future of both my personal and professional life.