Happy New Year!
In the U.S., Labor Day Weekend generally signifies the culmination of summer and the commencement of another school year. I would like to offer a heartfelt solute to the educational professionals who serve our school children across approximately 140,000 educational institutions spanning the United States.
Most of us hold vivid memories of our school experience but possibly have forgotten the return of hundreds of hours of facts, data, and academic information reasoned as essential back in the day. What was deemed important then, was perhaps interesting, but most of our true learning appeared via genuine application as the realm of reality was introduced post-diploma.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. – Albert Einstein
Recently, I had the occasion of attending a community roundtable event with a number university student leaders. The conversation concentrated around the insights of these third and forth year collegians had in terms of their preparation for university learning and their suggestions for improving the college preparatory experiences. Here is a sampling of some of the suggestions shared during this engaging exchange:
- Provide Computer Science (Coding) Exploration
- Build Capacity for Speed Reading and Study Skills
- Teach Time Management Techniques
- Emphasize Habits for Physical and Mental/Emotional Wellness
- Expand Opportunities to Work with Diverse Personalities and Communication Styles
- Teach Money Management Skills
- Encourage Entrepreneurial Skills
- Provide Career Exploration/Internships
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin
Applied and real life experience combine to create the secret sauce for authentic learning. This is equally true in the land of leadership, power, and influence. Every day, organizational leaders are given opportunities to empower or protect, to serve or control, to liberate or dominate. At the heart of every leader is the crosswalk of power between serving one’s self or service toward others.
Knowing The 5 Essentials of Leadership
- Knowing Yourself to Lead Yourself – Understanding the core of your skills/knowledge, connectivity and personal self-awareness
- Knowing Your Team to Lead Your Team – Knowing your unique voice of influence and that of your team as well as the skills needed to maximize the collection of these voices to successfully leverage change and high performance
- Knowing Your Social Tendencies – Awareness of your primary tendencies of pushing (asserting my views first) or pulling (drawing out and active listening) and acknowledging best use of each of these positions when engaging team
- Knowing Your Gears of Connection – Intentionality in the healthy engagement across the gears of personal rest, family, social, and full work mode
- Knowing Your Kryptonite – Awareness of how you become under extreme pressure and heightened stress.
Healthy culture is the essence of healthy leadership. Healthy culture is the lifeblood of successful organizational performance. Therefore, healthy leadership IS essential.
Building ongoing leadership capacity is foundational in becoming leaders worth following. Securing the basic competencies in the core academic disciplines are essential for building life-long learning potential. In the same way, developing leadership literacy is vital for maximizing one’s influence in life, leadership, and service.
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