LAS Protocol Creating Leaders

Being a Leader Advancement Scholar, there is a specific protocol that i have to follow in order to maintain my scholarship. One of the requirements is take specific leader-orientated classes with my cohort. During my Leadership 200 class, it was part of our curriculum to learn about and teach the rest of class about Leadership theories/approaches. It was very beneficial to learn about this and help me learn about myself as a leader personally.

situationalThrough taking the specified courses with my cohort which include; LDR 100, COM 264L, PSY 100L, LDR 200, and HST 110L WI, I have experienced as observed the application of Situational Leadership. Situational Leadership is defined as when a leader of an organization adjusts their style to work with the development level of the followers they have, and how he is specifically trying to influence those individuals. Through this approach their is delegating, supporting, coaching, and directing behaviors. These behaviors were apparently visible to me through my professors and fellow LAS cohort during our required classes.

Each professor teaches in their own unique style, and obtain a different way of leading their class. As well, each student has to learn how to be a leader within each classroom setting based on how they correlate with the professor and how the class relates to them. Some of us LAS students are extremely outspoken, so we have to have a certain delegating behavior when it comes to discussion in class. Also, we all support each other in different ways. In our fall classes, our professors were more lenient so our behavior in class was much more relaxed. However, this past semester, our courses and semesters increased the intensitysituational-leadership of our curriculum and a new type of leader in the classroom was available. This caused our LAS cohort to become better coaches one another and support each other to succeed in difficult subjects, and be the leaders we know how to be.

In Situational Leadership, a leader knows how to lead in a certain way based on specific circumstances. Each professor has different material to cover, and a different approach to teaching, which made them their own leader within the class. This, in turn, caused us as leadership students to approach each class in a unique manner. In order to get the most out of each class and build a strong relationship with our professors, we have to adapt to how we are as students sometimes. SO all in all, the required protocol classes made the Situational Leadership approach very visible, and now I can say that I had the opportunity to experience this approach in a real-life experience; which was available to me through the amazing Leadership Institute!

There are Leaders, Then there are those who Lead

As I was finished watching a Simon Sinek Ted Talk relating to leadership, the main thing I got out of the video was this; Those who lead are the ones who accomplish things. In life, people are doing things constantly, but how they are doing it is what differentiates people from each other. Simon Sinek related his talk to how Apple is so successful. People buy their products not for what they do, but how they do it. The customers know the type of quality they are purchasing, and are of understanding that Apple hold themselves to a higher standard. In life, if people understand the reason as to why you are doing something, and see you accomplish that task, you are going to get noticed much more than if you were to do something and no one understand how or why you did it.

During this Ted Talk the main saying was “people don’t care what you are doing, they care how you did it”. Nothing can get accomplished unless you have an understanding of what needs to be done. Leadersleadershipformation.011 understand what their goals are and they follow through with them. Those who claim to be leaders just hold authority and do not “dive in” to the tasks as hand. What helps makes the world go around is passion, strive, and the willingness to achieve. With these three characteristics in mind, putting forth effort and having the knowledge at hand can create a positive outcome almost always. So, as I am sitting in the library typing this blog I guess the final conclusion that I am trying to get at is when you are applying yourself to something, do it with  a purpose or don’t do it at all. Again, people don’t care what you do, they care how you do it.