Leadership Development

My Current Leadership Reflection

Over and over again it is said that everyone is a leader. Everyone has a leadership quality inside of them, it’s up to you to find out how to use your leadership qualities for the better.

If you would’ve asked me a year ago, “What is your leadership style” I would’ve looked at you like you were crazy. However, today I have a better grasp on who I am as a person and even better as a leader. A year ago today I was just a simple high school student in leadership positions such as the softball and volleyball captain, student council and class council president, vice president of National Honors Society and yearbook editor. Today, I am in much less, yet, I know how to lead people differently.

In February of 2016, I attended a woman in leadership conference where I took the quiz to see which leader I was. I was a direct leader, which means I like to be vocal and in charge of things. In the fall semester of my freshman year I attended Spark Leadership, a leadership seminar ran by the Leadership Institute, and I found out that I was a spiritual leader which meant I like to influence others by my energy and voice. I have changed so much in such a short amount of time. I grew into a different leader because I wanted to be different from the girl in high school. I didn’t want to be the person that oversees everything. I want to be the girl that is in charge of a couple of things, however, puts forth 100 percent effort in those few clubs or volunteer opportunities.

I do not want to say wasn’t passionate about what I did in high school, however, I just feel so much different when I am involved here at college in things that actually matter to me. Yes, I loved everything I did and high school and I appreciate everyone who got me to the place that I was, yet, I just get such a better feeling when leading the things, I do today.

This first semester at college as opened my eyes to so many things. I have become passionate about things I never would have imagined myself even thinking about. I want to be a voice for every person that has felt anxious or depressed, I want to help families overcome their problems with their children, spouses, and family, I want to raise money for polio and other diseases rotary have pushed to eliminate. I want to make a difference. I have realized that my voice matters. I matter and people around me matter. My leadership skills have formed from experience, failures, and successes. I cannot wait to see where my leadership abilities are in four years when I have much more experience, failures and of course success.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” Philippians 2:3

Leadership Development · Leadership Education · Leadership Training

Speaker: Jamie Brown

During the Connections Conference, we had a chance to listen to different speakers discussing different topics. The speaker that stuck out most to me was Jamie Brown. Her presentation was really quite interesting. She related leadership back to her garden her and her daughter started over the summer. I related to this so much because it was so different. I have seen so many leadership speakers so the way she related it in a diffimg_1706erent was very interesting. Her slides were very intriguing, she had different images of her plants and they each related to a different leadership aspect.

My favorite vegetable she related leadership to was this plant that had overtaken her garden with its leaves and vines. She and her daughter were unsure if they should pull the plant since it was taking nutrients from the other plants but they let it grow. The strange plant then ended up producing one single green pumpkin. The green pumpkin then became their prized possession. The main point of her session was to find a balance between taking care of people and getting the task done. It gave us advice on how to provide support for our followers and how to use the leadership style we have obtained in the past to lead a group of people.img_1707

 Jamie Brown did a wonderful job interacting with the audience and keeping things interesting. I would definitely love to sit in on another one of her sessions.

Leadership Development · Leadership Education

Connections Conference 2016

As a kid, I always wanted to go to the Great Wolf Lodge so when I heard a LAS requirement was to attend the Connections Conference in Traverse city I was very excited. The conference ran so smoothly; checking in and finding my room was a breeze. The people behind the scenes of the conference did an amazing job making sure everything ran smoothly. At the conference, I gained so much more than just leadership skills. I met new people, learned new things about myself and made CONNECTIONS.picture2

After checking in, we attended a welcome type event. We received our booklets and we debriefed about how the conference was going to run. After that, we broke off into our separate groups where we reflected on the different types of leadership groups that were attending the conference. Next, we went to dinner in the ballroom. The food was spectacular; we ate food that was MUCH fancier than caf food!

After eating an amazing dinner, we were allowed some free time. My roommates and I were so stuffed from eating the food that we did not want to put bathing suits on but there was a water park involved so, of course, we did it anyways. The whole time at the water park I floated in the lazy river and sat in the hot tub. It was the perfect way to unwind.picture1

The next morning we were served a delicious breakfast following that we went to the speakers we had chosen. The sessions were outstanding, I could not believe how much information I actually learned. It was an amazing conference! The people who put it together working so hard to make it perfect, and their hard work definitely paid off. I was so amazed by our LAS group and the others that attended the conference. Everyone participated in the conversations, it really did allow me to make “connections”.

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Now that I have attended the connections conference I am closer to my cohort, I have learned what kind of leader I am and I have made new friends. I want to take back the different speakers messages to people at CMU. The connections I made at this conference have allowed me to join different clubs and friend groups. Now I am more capable of talking to anyone in my cohort.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” -John Quincy Adams