The Impact of Leadership – By Edward Kretch


When I first joined the LDP, I was skeptical about how much I would get out of it. I wondered if I would be in it for the rest of my college career or if I would leave after a year. Regardless, I knew it was something I had to try, and I am extremely grateful that I did. I have learned more about myself with the LDP than I have in any other time in my life. I have been tested physically, mentally, and emotionally and have grown exponentially because of it.

Within my first year, I had the opportunity to lead the IMTS trip, the SAE Saluki Baja club, and was set on a path of learning that will carry on throughout my life. I have not only improved personal discipline and communication skills, but have also learned what it takes to be a great leader. In this last semester I have had the opportunity to watch a new group of LDP members go through the same challenges I have been through. I feel privileged that I was able to impart as much of my knowledge and experience on them as I was able. I believe that mentoring the younger members and helping them succeed has been the most fulfilling part of my LDP experience and is something I would like to continue to do in the future.

Because of the LDP, I feel well prepared and confident about entering the workforce. Ironically, I feel like I am farther away from my true potential in comparison to how I felt before joining the LDP, only because I now know that I have only scratched the surface of what I can do and learn. I am leaving with more questions than answers about leadership and self-improvement but am confident that LDP has given me the tools to reach my full potential as I enter the workforce in the coming months.