For my LEAD team as a freshman in the Leader Advancement Cohort, I was put on the Relay for Life team, which was led by CMU Junior, Cameron Wilson. The big event was Central Michigan University’s Relay for Life, and we spent the entire year fundraising for the Leadership Institute’s team! Not only did we raise money in general, but we put on a fundraising dinner that was birthday party themed! The team consisted of mostly freshman, with some other upperclassmen. We ended up raising a total of over $2,800! It was the most money that the Relay for life Team had ever raised, and I am very proud to say that I was a part of that.
From my LEAD team experience, I would definitely say that I gained many new event management skills, which correlates with leadership development. All of our meetings, which were very frequent (Tuesday nights at 8:30 in Down Under Food Court) involved planning for either our fundraising dinner or the Relay for Life event altogether. Having to figure out the logistics of each event and making sure that each member of the team was on the same page definitely took some work. Having two large events involved setting up work shifts, buying of materials, transportation, communication skills, etc. It was a learning process and we all worked together as LEADers.
Now that I have my first year on a LEAD team under my belt, I can honestly say that I have become a better leader as an outcome of this. I have now contemplated even switching my minor to event management! Also, in the future, even if I am not on this LEAD team, I will take the initiative to help them out because I have such a passion for this organization. I have created a passion for wanting to play a role in all LEAD teams, and possibly serve on the board for the LEAD teams. I had a positive experience that allowed to learn leadership, create friendships, and help an amazing cause!
“You get a car, and you get a car, and you get a car!” Everyone that knows Oprah Winfrey knows that she is a very generous woman with all of the wonderful gifts that she gives out. Aside from her generosity of giving free things out on her show, she is one leader in today’s world that is known around many countries throughout the entire world. She holds many roles including a media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and even a philanthropist! Her achievements throughout the recent years have been unending, as well. Oprah’s talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. Also, in 2013, President Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
What truly makes Oprah a leader, in my eyes? I’d say it’s easy to say that she is a woman of character who strives to create a better world each and every day. One example of this, is how she took a huge leap in being one of the first people to make a show focused on literature, spirituality, and self-improvement. Her willingness to help others created a ripple effect in the TV world, with other television shows following in her footsteps. Oprah would even help others around the world through her show. Knowing when and how to help others in a time of need was this woman’s specialty, and she used that skill of hers to the best of her ability. When people see someone doing such amazing deeds it causes other people to want to follow in those footsteps, I know it makes me want too!
What I admire about her, as well, is the fact that she is such a humble leader. Oprah came from a background of poverty and had to work for everything she now has. She understands what it’s like to be on the side of receiving instead of the giving, and she’s not afraid to deny it. This lady has humility, and knows how to use her experiences in life to help others go through ruff patches in their lives. Seeing all that Oprah Winfrey has accomplished in my lifetime, makes me realize that no small deed goes unnoticed. When you help someone, or do something for the well being on life in general, there is going to be a positive change. A s long as there are people in the world out to seek peace and love for humanity, we will all be okay. All it takes is the drive and a heart filled with passion to make something happen.
For a project in my leadership 100 class, we had a large group project called the Fred Factor. The Fred Factor is based around one question; Are you a Fred? Also, the Fred Factor has 4 main principles; Everyone makes a difference, everything is built on relationships, you must continually create value for others, and you can reinvent yourself regularly. Our class was split into groups consisting of around 5 or 6 people and we were assigned the task of doing something on Central Michigan’s campus or in the surrounding community that promoted the meaning of being a “Fred”. For my group, we went through multiple ideas until we finally came to a conclusion. Our final result was #CMUGiveThanks, and we decided to have our location on north campus in Robinson Hall’s lobby. The set up for our project was pretty simple; Poster, table, frame, yarn, and “Give Thanks” paper slips. What we did was ask people to write down what they were thankful for and tie their thankfulness to the frame, and then keep the word going by posting what they are thankful for on social media! It was a total success and it was amazing to see students, staff, and faculty, participate in the event. Being a “Fred” correlates with realizing that the little things in life truly make life so meaningful, and how the little acts of kindness really are important. Fred the mailman did the little things in his job, but that’s what made him so unique. When people took the time to really think about what they were thankful for, they realized it was the things that you take for granted, such as family, friends, and an education.