5 Questions with Hsuanwei Fan

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Hsuanwei Fan

Name: Hsuanwei Fan

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Occupation: Teach For America Corps Member assigned to the Los Angeles School District

1. Think back to when you were extremely motivated by a boss, leader, or teammate. What did they say or do that motivated you so much and why did it work?

I think the best kind of motivation I’ve received from a leader is seeing them lead by example. It is one thing to try to lecture a team to victory and a whole different story with the one in charge LEADING the charge. I like seeing my leaders in action because then their passion for the cause becomes evident, and it is a good way for them to also display their expertise at whatever you’re trying to accomplish, which wins me and my loyalty and respect over a hundredfold over just words that were meant to be inspiring.
2. When have you been very unmotivated by a boss, leader, or teammate? Why did it create a feeling of un-motivation to do your job better?

I think the worst kind of example a leader could set is a display of incompetence. It is important for leaders to continue to educate themselves and sharpen their skills so that in the end, they are not only seen as someone who delegates responsibilities and sit back. Another trait that makes it difficult for me to respect a leader is when they are extremely closed-minded. A good leader is able to take and value input from different people, regardless of whether there is an impressive title or credentials by their name. I value leaders who can take constructive criticism and occasionally change their mind for the benefit of the cause or project that the team is hoping to accomplish.

3.What is one characteristic you look for in an effective leader?
I think I may have touched upon this quite a bit in the past two responses, but another characteristic that impresses me in an effective leader is the ability to be versatile and resilient. A leader who can quickly adapt to drastically changing situations calmly and without panic helps the team remain focused on solutions rather than uncertainty. In the face of a setback or disappointment, a leader who is able to remain optimistic and reassuring can inspire hope, which is much more preferred compared to the alternative.

4. Think back to when you were extremely motivated by a boss, leader, or teammate. What did they say or do that motivated you so much and why did it work?

I think the best kind of motivation I’ve received from a leader is seeing them lead by example. It is one thing to try to lecture a team to victory and a whole different story with the one in charge LEADING the charge. I like seeing my leaders in action because then their passion for the cause becomes evident, and it is a good way for them to also display their expertise at whatever you’re trying to accomplish, which wins me and my loyalty and respect over a hundredfold over just words that were meant to be inspiring.

5. When have you been very unmotivated by a boss, leader, or teammate? Why did it create a feeling of un-motivation to do your job better?

I think the worst kind of example a leader could set is a display of incompetence. It is important for leaders to continue to educate themselves and sharpen their skills so that in the end, they are not only seen as someone who delegates responsibilities and sit back. Another trait that makes it difficult for me to respect a leader is when they are extremely closed-minded. A good leader is able to take and value input from different people, regardless of whether there is an impressive title or credentials by their name. I value leaders who can take constructive criticism and occasionally change their mind for the benefit of the cause or project that the team is hoping to accomplish.

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