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COM 461 Communication in Leadership

COM 461 is a course taken when being a part of the Leadership Program. Communication in Leadership was a class that explored how communication is crucial in a leadership role. There are so many different facets to communication, so it was enlightening to learn so much about how as leaders we can communicate in certain situations and the importance of how we do it.

I found the communication is so important for a leader. It can be the most difficult thing to master, especially in times of trauma or conflict. My favorite lesson learned about communication is transformation leadership. This is reflective of the Maslow Hierarchy. Transformation is at the top of the pyramid and only a few achieve it. What this leader does is lead by example to influence others for a certain change. This resonates within me because the leaders that have had the greatest impact on me were ones that were driven to make me a leader and inspire me to change. They were selfless in going beyond their innate ego to encourage others to become leaders, not just steal all the leadership power. Transformational leadership as well as the other lessons I learned in the class are so beneficial in understanding how to be a great leader. Leadership is not black and white. Many things are situational and should be dealt with differently by having the understanding of different communication skills and their results.

This class will help we in my future as I hope e-board positions in RSO’s, as well as when I continue in my career path. Event planning requires much leadership and communication skills to effectively execute an event and delegate tasks to others. I will use this class to better assist me in working with others and leading others. I am now encouraged to become that transformational leader and help others reach their goals in life because a true leader is inspired to turn followers into more leaders. Also, I have more confidence in dealing with traumatic events and conflict because of the lessons I learned in class. I will use it to best acknowledge the situation and better the relationships involved.

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SOC 221 Social Problems

As part of the Leadership Scholarship it is required to take a sociology class. Through this class I learned about social issues in our world today. I found this class to be very relevant as leader. As leaders we want to change the world, but to do that we first must know the inequalities and problems being experienced. The class uncovered injustices and revealed answers to how we got to where we are and the present prejudices holding us back.

The class made a huge impact on myself. It open my eyes to injustices and why things are the way they are. It was intriguing to learn about different social classes and the perceptions within each. I found that it is important to understand that a society is so complex and it is are duty to educate ourselves on the complexities and problems in the world. If we are not educated we lack an understanding that can help change these injustices, as well as mindsets and prejudices that sometimes put us in these situations. For the final project in the class we had to research a social problem and I choose to do mine on hunger in the United States. For a country so bountiful it was surprising to see that millions of people had food insecurities. Also, I found that 1 in 5 children are food insecure. Children who do not have choose or much of a voice to change their circumstances. My concerns were how in the U.S. can we see people starving, as well as obese. How did we get both extremes. Learning about social problems was very eye opening and the class has inspired and impacted me to stay educated and aware of the world’s problems.

For the future I will use what I learned to stay enlightened about social problems, as well as the subconscious prejudices I might even have. I will continue to educate myself on social problems and what I can do to help the cause. I believe small acts towards many people can change the world. And this class gave me the knowledge and passion to do so.

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The American Experience

To fulfill the LAS protocol I took a class called HST, The American Experience. In class we learned a lot about the history of America and it’s residents. We analyzed the dynamics of America and immigration there. Looking at different immigration waves we got to see different nationalities, as well as the repercussions they faced after being in America like discrimination or injustices.

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An assignment we did was to research an immigration period or a certain group of immigrants. There was no rigid guidelines to follow, the reins were free on this one. I thought it was fascinating to use this assignment to dig deeper into my ancestors and where they came from. I myself am a walking example of a melting pot being many nationalities, but for this project I choose my Polish descent. I got to learn about the hardships they faced just getting to America, as well as when they got here. My ancestors worked very hard to make a living and to eventually try to be somebody. Now, I live representing my ancestors and I am honored to come from hardworking immigrants. Also, I am grateful. Grateful for the freedoms I have that my ancestors did not. I am grateful for in general having an easy life, where there is labor laws, actual freedom of speech, and many other resources put into place to make sure that a person is not abused of their rights.

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Another assignment I did was to pick an immigrant that came to America and was a leader and contributed to the country. I learned about an incredible women. She faced many hardships in her life, but she never dwelled on them she just gave more to others. She understood the importance of being a part of something bigger than yourself and that your small tribulations are nothing compared to what could be fixed in the world. This incredible human was Mother Mary Jones. She got the nickname Mother Jones because of the care and dedication she gave to others, especially labor workers. She lived from 1830-1930, just at the beginning of gaining women’s rights. She was a strong women and that was feared by many. She was considered the most dangerous women in America. Mary was threatened to be sent to prison or even killed, but she didn’t care she kept fighting for labor workers rights. Her dedication and passion was exemplified when she went to a labor strike site at the age of 82! The strike got violent and she was arrested and sentenced to prison for 20 years, however her followers convinced the governor to let her out on pardon.  Mary could have spent the rest of her life in jail and that did not scare her because she went right back to organizing labor workers. Mother Mary Jones was a true leader. She led with passion and dedication. For the future I want to work at being more like Mother Jones. First, I want to find a cause I am passionate about. I want to have the courage to stir trouble and not be afraid of what other people have to say. When and if I turn 82 I want to be just as driven and dedicated to my purpose, just like Mary because a purpose in life should never be given up on.

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What I learned from this class is it is important to learn from history, in order to not repeat the wrong decisions or injustices from the past. Also, this idea can be related back to oneself, learn from your own mistakes you make in life and keep moving forward. Now, I will be more aware and mindful to the mistakes from the past in order to make a better future. Also, I am going to cherish my heritage more from now on because I have a greater sense of who my ancestors are and greater appreciation for what they had to face. Lastly, I am going to be more driven to find my passion and purpose in life, so I can make a difference like Mary. Going into a History class I thought it is done and over with why learn about it and I found the answer, and that is to apply the good the bad the ugly and use it what you learned in the future.

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Ted Talk Reflection WHY

How great leaders inspire action is a Ted talk I was assigned to watch in my leadership class. Simon Sinek, a visionary thinker, explains the golden circle and explains why people follow certain ideas.

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Simon encourages to do things working inside out. Why are you doing this? How are you going to get there? And what are you doing?

In life we see a lot of people starting from the outside working in and those people do not know their purpose because they work on why last. With anything in life you should no why you are doing something and work off of that because that is more impacting because you started with a purpose.

People will start following you when you live by your why, because you will bring people on board with the same beliefs as you. You empower others by the purpose you have, not by what you are doing.  By starting with why you are able to explain why something is important to you and gain support from others who believe in the same.

I can admit I am guilty of working outward in occasionally, but after this video it has open my eyes and refocused me to focus on my purpose in life and why I do the things I do. I now have a clearly meaning of how working with why first can be more powerful when leading others. The best leaders are those that inspire others and by doing so I now will stay determined in incorporating this theory of starting with why in my life. Everyone wants to have their own legacy and work for a purpose by realizing this it helps with attracting people with your why. The way I think has changed and everyday I challenge myself to live more with purpose. Some people float by going through the motions, but I want to bring meaning to the things I do.

Where does Leadership come from? Y or N

As a blog post requirement, we were given the prompt of answering the question, “Where does leadership come from a yes or no?” I encourage you to ask yourself that and then evaluate your life and see if you are a no or yes leader.

I believe leadership comes from no. Anyone can say yes, saying no takes courage. And that is true leadership.

There are 3 ways Leadership can come from no.

  1. A great leader knows when to say no.
  2. A great leader doesn’t back down when they are told no, they are built up.
  3. A great leader will say no to the crowd.

 

Every leader can say yes. It is easy to say yes, but a great leader can say no.

It starts with no. Being able to say no and being strong enough to know what you can handle.

Most amateur leaders will spread themselves to thin and say yes to everything thinking that is what a leader has to do.

When you learn to say know is that point you truly become a leader. When we have enough courage to say no we are then able to concentrate on things that are most important to us.

When we are spread thin we are doing less work on a lot of things, but when we cut down on what we do we are able to put in our heart and full effort into what we choose is the most important to keep in our lives.

Another key thing a leader learns when there are able to say no is the ability to confront others and how to deal with disappointing people because in the end we cannot please everyone.

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Another way no plays into leaders is by standing up and persevering when we are told no.

The best leaders take it as a challenge to keep going.

As a leader I grew the most when I was told no. I had to innovate, find different ways, and work harder. If you truly want something in life no one saying you can’t do something should matter. The only thing in the way of getting to a dream is yourself.

I also grew my character by staying determined, confident, and self assured.

Many famous people were told they could not do something, but they were leaders and leaders do not let no stop them. For example, Michael Jordan was cut from his high school team, but not he is a famous basketball player.

There is strength and beauty in being able to be denied, but find the will to continue on and prove others wrong.

 

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Lastly, a leader will say no to the crowd when they need to.

So many people stay in their comfort zone and are afraid of upsetting others and standing alone.

Sometimes the crowd is not right. Sometimes something is not right, but no one has the courage to say something.

Leadership is being able to say no when no one else is and stop something that is not good from being done. That is true leadership.

It starts with recognizing the problem and knowing that true leaders say no.

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 After answering the prompt, I want to be more of a no leader.

Sometimes I take on too much to handle and in the future I want to be more comfortable with saying no and giving myself more time for things.

Also, I mentioned not letting no stop you as a leader. That idea is really important to me because I have experienced others telling me I can not do something.  I never let that stop me and I hope to continue being bold and passionate about things, even when I am told no.

Lastly, I hope to gain more courage and confidence in being able to say no when I see something wrong. I believe we have a human instinct to stay clear of convict, but I don’t want to play into that. I want to be that person that makes a difference even if I am standing alone.

You are what you…

You are what you eat, think!

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For my leadership scholarship program we had to take PSY 100L and then reflect on it through this blog.

Having an amazing psychology teacher in high school fully prepared me in being able to succeed in the college level class.

Psychology is near and dear to my heart most of my life.

It allows me to understand things that usually do not make sense.

It gives a deeper meaning than the face value.

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As a leadership scholar I find psychology very important in leadership.

Psychology can answer questions leaders could have like,

  • How do I motivate my followers?
  • How can I work with different personalities/ people?
  • How can I teach something to someone to remember?

I feel that everybody would benefit from a psychology class because it can help you understand yourself or others.

Psychology can teach parents about childhood development and punishment.

From psychology I learned that you can punish your child, but it only stops the behavior it does not correct it.

That is why I love psychology so much it uncovers meanings behind different aspects in life and gives a better solution or idea to a situation.

Psychology helps me think in a more philosophical way.

The quote above, “Man can alter his life by altering his thinking” is more true then ever.

Being able to see past what is in front of us and what is actually underneath the surface helps to understand things that we cold have misjudged.

Also, being able to use better thinking to understand others, you can also understand yourself.

You can change your life, by rewiring your brain on the thoughts it creates.

I believe that positive thoughts equals a positive life.

You become what you think.

By understanding what makes people, people we are more apt to understand, forgive, and have peace within our life.

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This is a quote I enjoy, especially since it ties in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

In Psychology we learned about this hierarchy of needs and how each lower need must be met before moving to a higher level.

The two highest levels, which people find difficult to reach is self-actualization and self-transcendence.

Self-actualization means to find self-fulfillment and and realize one’s potential. Self-transcendence is connecting to something beyond yourself to help others find their potential.

To me the quote means if you live comfortable with living day by day running through the motions through only psychological and safety needs then you are missing out on so much. You will never reach your full potential and you will deny yourself the happiness you could have.

Overall, I enjoyed the Psychology class and I recommend not only the class, but the whole perspective you get out of it.

You will be able to add depth to your thoughts and reasons to your actions.

As well as understanding how powerful our mind is.

In the future I want to continue learning about psychology because it is so useful in working with people and understanding many things in life. I am going to take what I learned and apply to my everyday life, specifically in leadership roles. I now have more knowledge on how to motivate people and different kind of leadership styles. What I have learned and am going to learn will  prove to be beneficial in working with people and understanding myself.

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