Communication is Key

“The art of communication is the language of leadership” ~James Humes

As we all know communication is important in every aspect of our lives, whether it be relationship, dancing, planning a trip or creating a group project. It is virtually everywhere. Without communication there wouldn’t be leadership because they coincide so much where leadership is a different form of communication. In our COM 461 class we’ve talked about the many different ways in which there can be effective communication and noneffective communication and that can depend on the type of leader you are.

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History 110L

As I came in this semester, I originally thought that this class was going to be a look at all the leaders in America and looking at the contributions they made on the country so far and so forth. Well the leadership aspect was right of course, but the main topic of the course was actually over immigrants, which was fascinating and empowering to learn about. I’ve learned so much information about immigration and things that I might not have wanted to know that will anger me to this day, but discovering this information was impacting and has allowed me to understand a little more about the lives of immigrants here in America. Continue reading

What Team? D.I.S. Team!

Coming in this year, I was ready to make an impact not only on campus, but also within myself as a human. One way I didn’t think I would was through D.I.S. team. D.I.S. stands for Diversity, Inclusion and Service and that is what we accomplished. Of course there were quirks and kinks along the way, but the end goal of a fully revamped team was accomplished. With inclusion being one of my core values in life, I was ready to get started. As a group we thought “How can we make this a thing on campus?” and along the way of thinking, a plan was formed. One way in which we could accomplish our diversity and inclusion aspect of this lead team was to throw a tailgate, but not any ordinary tailgate. Continue reading

Did you just say Philosophy?

The first thing you think when you hear the word philosophy is probably someone really smart and very intellectual right, and how you could never think that way? Well here I am to tell you that anyone can use philosophy or be philosophical.  Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language (Wikipedia). Within this class, I didn’t just learn how to think philosophically, but also how to navigate my way through philosophical issues in this world.

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Finding Your Roots!

As a human being, we all bring something unique to the table. With that being said we are all diverse and come from several different backgrounds and upbringings as well. Although we may all have these differences, many of them are oppressed. With in HDF, Oppression: Roots and Impact, we jumped around the many tough topics that make us the people we are today. Those are containing gender, race, socioeconomic status, religion and sexual identification and not limited to only these. As we surveyed these categories in which we identify ourselves in society, we were challenged multiple times to dig into these areas and discover why some have negative connotations and how one thing can govern and identity of one whole group of people. For example, race is a huge identifier in the world and the fact that just being a certain race brings up other controversy among others shouldn’t be a thing. Continue reading

LDR 200 Reflection

We came in to this semester knowing a little bit more about leadership than when we started the school year. The LAS 2015 cohort was ready to hop on the horse. This class was tailored for us to learn how to facilitate and to determine what our most ideal form of leading was. Through this discovery, we all were assigned a workshop to present to the class. These consisted of leadership theories that we had to dissect and facilitate, that characterize the many takes and forms on leadership. My workshop was Culture and Leadership which is a theory that paired these two separate sects together which showed the relation in how being in different cultures can affect your leadership effectiveness. The culture aspect was studied through the GLOBE project, which contained 160 investigators who went out and researched 17000 managers in 950 organizations through 62 societies. This study allowed for cultures to see there differences in leadership through dividing up the countries into 10 country clusters. The purpose was to increase our understanding of cross-cultural interactions and the impact of culture on leadership effectiveness. The first step is to learn about and understand the culture that you are in. If you don’t understand the people that you are working with, how do you expect them to understand you as well. Breaking the barriers and trying to understand all realms of culture whether or not your going to lead an organization, is something everyone should be invested in.

Another requirement of this class was to facilitate an initiative, which is an activity that engages a group in a fun and interactive way, while also teaching them about the many traits that build a leader. My initiative team had integrity which is defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles and moral uprightness. To present this we had everyone get in small groups and played a mock game of “never have I ever” where they would snap if they have done this certain activity and then put a finger down. The questions asked were solely based on situations where you would use integrity. An example would be “Never have I ever knowingly let someone cheat off of me for a test.” Then they would get in a big group and clap instead of snap. Our goal was to see if there level of integrity was challenged when they were surrounded by others who may not do those tasks. Being emerging leaders, its our job to hold a level of integrity not just within our selves but with our followers. If we hold our selves accountable and create a trustful and honest environment, then integrity will prove itself strong.

In the end, this class has showed me all sides to leadership and what forms I may need to use in certain situation, where I can better impact and motivate my followers. It has brought me closer to my cohort and has showed me what I am capable as a leader. I was able to work on my public speaking skills and really task my brain on other ways in which i can better my self and others. If you’d like to see my interpretation of leadership, check out my page on Leadership Philosophy.

Political Science/Government

govAs I went into this semester, I thought PSC105L was going to be a dread and a pain in the butt, for lack of words. In the end, this class wasn’t a total let down. I ended up learning a little bit about the way the government works. We learned about the legislative, judicial, and executive branches and how they all function together with checks and balances on one another.The constitution was also a classic piece of history that we went over as well. We touched on constitutional violations during the civil rights movement and on the Standing Bear vs. General Crook case. This dealt with the Article 1 section 9 right of Habeus Corpus. to not be arrested for not breaking a law. This class has showed me that in order to be a well rounded leader, I should have a knowledge of some government facts to lead multiple audiences. Every person should have government smarts in the sense that they know their constitutional rights. As an American we should know the little facts that make us the country we are today.

What? How? Why?

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Leaders create a view which allows people to believe what they believe. In Samuel Sinek’s Ted Talk “How Great Leaders Inspire Action,” he touched on how forming your why is critical before you try to lead a group or idea. Without knowing WHY you’re doing something how are you going to do it. He relates this golden circle shown below to the sections of the human brain, which was very interesting. The outside portion of the circle represents the neo-cortex, which is tThe-golden-circle-e1391717108503he language barrier and controls our speech. The middle two sections make up the limbic brain which controls the way we feel and the basis of our behavior, in other words it is our emotion center. The way the golden circle is suppose to work is to go from the inside out. This triggers expressing the way you feel about your passion and stating how and what your going to do with it, not the other way where you’re just giving the hard earned facts and not expressing what/how you feel about them. Stating the big thing first draws people in rather than stating the facts and losing people along the way.

One thing that stuck with me from this video was “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” To me this simply means that if you portray your visions and your goals as a belief and the center of your dream, then people will follow your dream because they believe in that same idea. It’s the one common bond that drives a whole group to the top. It allows people to succeed in what they believe. The followers that you have aren’t there for you either, they’re there for them selves because they want to do something with this passion that they have and put it into action. This spreads around and creates more followers on their ‘why’ as well. With out the ‘why’, there can be no how or what. All three of these parts in the golden circle depend on one another and without one, there is no action. “There are Leaders and there are those who lead.” Leaders hold a position at the top and and hold authority, but those who lead allow us to believe in something and inspire us all.

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

 

 

 

Fierce Conversations

As I attended Connections Conference, one of the educational workshops stuck out to me. That happened to be the Identity and Fierce Conversations workshop. It was put on by Stacy Jaska and Rachelle Stawinski. imageIt really portrayed how our identities really influence the way we communicate with one another. We need to break this barrier, and come out with what we are trying to say and not hold back. We must concentrate on the meaningful, beneficial conversations while keeping in mind that our identity carries a role in the triumph of being an exceptional communicator.

In these conversations as a leader we must step up to the plate and have these interactions with people. We must master the courage to interrogate reality, come out from behind yourself and make the conversation real, be prepared to be nowhere else except the conversation, tackle your toughest challenge, remain still to your instincts, take responsibility to your emotional wake, and finally let silence do the heavy talking. Those are the 7 principles of having those tough conversations, now put it to the test.