FE - D1 Question One: Personal Leadership Development I...

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D1 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. We all 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 presentation. 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. I 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 spark interest. 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 have 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
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This note was uploaded on 02/26/2012 for the course BA 253 taught by Professor Unknown during the Spring '12 term at Oregon.

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