Feature Story-Francisco Torres

ExxonMobil: How to become a leader?

By Francisco A. Torres

March 21 2012

Type of Feature: Color, How to

In the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, was celebrated a meeting from The ExxonMobil Company. The meeting began at 5:00 p.m. in the Stefani-113. “ExxonMobil is an American multinational oil and gas corporation enterprise which was founded on November 30, 1999 said Andrea Pecunia. Despite this meeting been conducted by ExxonMobil, the purpose was to reach the audience how to develop leadership skills.

At first, when the meeting was beginning, the people thought that the meeting was about giving information about their company. However in the ExxonMobil event, the main idea was to teach people about lifetime problems, difficulties and how to solve them.

ExxonMobil is an engineering enterprise and its purpose is to teach people how to become a leader with an objective or solution. This talk started by describing how a leader has to be able to solve problems and assume responsibilities. If you apply for a job, you need to improve your making decision skills in a interview because in a future higher position, you need to be able to make a decision which can benefit the enterprise or another job which involves making decisions.

Secondly, there was the process of how a leader has to form a team or be able to find a solution for a problem. A leader has to identify their abilities and be able to see in which area they can improve. For example, in sport fields, the great leaders are divided in two. The task reporter who assign players in different positions. The other one is the interpersonal group manager which coordinates communication between members of the team.

Also, in this meeting different activities were conducted for audience. Both activities involve leadership. The first activity was about people becoming a chain and a person has to advice the front people how to separate them. During the activity, a girl tried to help to unchain them but she failed. After that, there was the second activity which was about a comparison between a leader receiving instruction and the other one who fails to follow an instruction. In this activity, you have to throw a ball into the basket. The first guy to participate in the activity never received instructions and as a result, he failed. However, the second guy received instructions and feedback to throw the ball and as a result he did it. The purpose of these activities are to improve how people’s opinions cause leaders to make decision and how it can be beneficial or harmful.

In conclusion, this meeting can be considered an orientation about the industrial psychology in an enterprise. This meeting can be good for people who aspire to obtain a position in a job. The ExxonMobil meeting emphasized that employees need to adapt to different changes in a job environment. For example, enterprises can change their policy which can affect employees and bosses’ working relationship. In other words, you need to be conscious that being a boss or president is a difficult position. Finally, this meeting is considered an explanation of how do you have to make smart decisions that can be helpful in a future.

A leader has to be intelligent, competitive and like challenges. Through these activities people will discover if they have what it takes to be a leader.

Word Count: 658


  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExxonMobil

1 Comment

  1. DyanneMarie said,

    April 16, 2012 at 12:00 am04

    Leadership is very important quality in every human. However, developing it is very difficult. I realli enjoy reading this feature, because it offer the readers real examples and tips to convert in a good and succesfull leader.

    Good Job Francisco

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