Today, during the early morning leadership learning lab, our LDP presenters Diogo Seixas and Breanna Whitley gave an excellent summary on the “Golden Circle”, a powerful leadership model by Simon Sinek (see “Start with Why”, 2009). Just like the main premise of Sinek’s book, inspiring others to take action, I was inspired by the presentation, and reminded “why” I‘m a part of the LDP. Of course I was invited just like the rest of you to come to a meeting and check it out. Someone always does the inviting… I remember the passion of the individual who invited me. I remember he described how effective the program was at building highly successful student leaders at SIU who continued in awesome success after graduation. He explained “why” the LDP was important to him personally, and I was intrigued and wanted to learn more about this. This individual was of course Dr. DeRuntz. But I’ll come back to this important piece of my personal “why” in a moment.
_____As exemplified by the Marvel superhero movies, people admire heroic leaders who step up to save the day. The LDP exemplifies core leadership traits that make an ordinary person into an extraordinary leader. In regular situations that do not involve a villain or imminent danger, people are naturally drawn to follow individuals who excel at what they do and authentically care about others. A strong leader leads by example and service. A leader exemplifies respect, honesty, empathy, dedication, and approachable accountability. A leader is faithful and dependable. People watch the leader’s actions to see if they follow through with what they say they will do. After showing consistency with the many small things, people will more easily entrust themselves to the leader whole heartedly. Many of the core values of the LDP, I also possess. However, there are several on top of these core values in which I excel. Continue reading “Making an Ordinary Person into an Extraordinary Leader By Aprille Schoenecke”
While wrapping up the Fall 2017 semester, I was granted the opportunity to become the President of the Saluki Environmental Educators (SEE). My time in SEE was brief prior to my nomination, but I didn’t require much time to realize that SEE was the organization where I wanted to focus my efforts. From the first meeting I knew that SEE’s mission resonated with my passions as an aspiring educator and nature enthusiast, and I recognized the potential for opportunities in which I could grow my leadership skills.
The Saluki Environmental Educators is a professional development Registered Student Organization (RSO) that seeks to promote environmental education, interpretation, public involvement, and volunteerism by partnering with community groups throughout Southern Illinois. We are a small but passionate crew of community-minded individuals with a myriad of interests and areas of study.
Merriam-Webster defines paradigm shift as “an important change that happens when the usual way of thinking about or doing something is replaced by a new and different way.” Before my second year in LDP, the closest that I came to a paradigm shift was when I discovered that the food in the dining hall was unlimited. However, the biggest paradigm shift that I have experienced has been transiting from being a first-year ‘mentee’ to a second-year ‘mentor’. As a first-year member of the LDP, I was focused on achieving various goals such as earning my red tie and meeting my desired GPA. I was helped along by my second-year mentors: Roberto and Nick. With their help I was able to complete all my projects and earn my tie.
Very often we get too worried when we are trying to decide between things, simply because we think we may be losing time. Why do that when you can do something different? Let’s put that into another perspective: What is “losing time”?
Years spent in a relationship that didn’t work out?
Years in a company in which you are not satisfied?
Years in a course/major/university that, after all, is not what you want for life?
Years of ballet and not becoming a ballerina?
Years of football and not becoming a professional player?
If you fit in one – or more – of any of the categories above, you really think you lost your time?