Question One: Personal Leadership Development
I learned that if you take the time to get involved with something emotionally, care and nurture
it, then the outcome will be as you were expecting, and maybe even better.
I realize this is a
broad statement, and could be used for anything; however, I never thought of applying that idea
to my education or occupation.
In a relationship, getting involved and showing that you care for someone is the first step.
do this in our romantic relationships and friendships, with a sole purpose in mind—some sort of
outcome, either a lifelong friendship, or even marriage.
When we get involved and take the time
to get to know someone, we don’t think about the tangible or material things that we may get out
of them, we think about the future with them.
Like I mentioned before, the thought of applying
this same concept to other aspects in life, such as my occupation or my school work, never
crossed my mind—until about three weeks ago.
Near the last few weeks of the development of my team’s presentation for the proposal to create
a better first impression for the entrance to the University of Oregon campus, my team began to
show signs of fatigue.
With the stress and workload of not only this class, but others as well,
morale was low.
As the deadline drew near, things were getting panicky, and it was even getting
difficult to find a time that we all could meet to even begin designing and organizing the
It was not until the meeting with the TA that it clicked in my head that I needed to
get emotionally involved in the project in order to even begin about thinking how to finish it.
realized that no one would take our idea seriously, unless we ourselves expressed genuine
commitment and dedication to our proposal.
It is one thing to just tell someone our idea, but
another thing to show someone our dedication to our idea.
I didn’t realize that I needed to
separate the two in order to find success.
After our practice presentation with one of the TAs, not only I, but each member of my team
came together and realized that this class isn’t just about this project, and this project isn’t just
about getting an “A”. We thought that being perfectly rehearsed and memorizing our lines for the
presentation was enough, but it turns out this project is more than that.
We realized that we
needed to sell the idea, or at least trigger something in our audience to inspire a shared vision and
I realized the only way to do this, was to prove to them how exciting and
meaningful our idea was to us.
And, the only way to show a genuine attitude is to actually
a genuine attitude.
I began by explaining this concept to the team members, and immediately they all agreed that we
needed enthusiastic attitudes in order to win over the mock members of the ASUO.
Subconsciously, we all forgot about our grade on the project, and turned all of our attention to the