LDR 200L

LDR 200L teaches us about many different Leadership theories and styles. Any class I take with my cohort is always a great time and bonding experience. We were lucky enough to be taught by Jesi Ekonen. Since the class is specialized for our cohort, we have a couple bonuses added to the class. These include getting to talk about things pertaining to future mentees, protocol, and of course going on LAS in the D. I had a blast in this class while also learning a lot about the different leadership styles.

The class is mostly based around presenting your specific leadership theory to the class and and running an initiative. Other  activities include two short answer tests on the theories learned and writing a personal leadership theory paper. My group was personally given the Culture workshop to present  to the class. A great skill taught and practiced in the class is how to facilitate an activity with a group. Facilitation is a skill I had before entering the class, but I had so much room to improve. I feel that I have improved my ability to facilitate and still many opportunities in the future to continue upgrading my ability. I can take the skills learned and the aspects of leadership theory that most apply to me and bring them into my future roles in leadership positions. Any class I take with my fellow LASers is always a blast and sense the class was 3 hours long on a Wednesday(thanks Jesi for rarely keeping us the whole time) it allowed us to all eat dinner together. 

 

Lead Team: Relay For Life

Every year, freshman and sophomore Leader advancement Scholars are required to be on a LEAD team. LEAD teams are offered by the Leadership Institute and gives us a chance to get involved around campus with our fellow Scholars. Special Olympics, Relay for Life, Competition Day, and LAS in the D are some examples of the teams we can join at the beginning of the year when we fill out a list of our top wanted teams. I was lucky enough to be chosen to the Relay for Life LEAD team. Relay for Life is close to my heart and important to me on a personal level because of the effects cancer has had on my family. My mom is a Breast Cancer survivor and both of my grandparents fought a long, hard battle and passed away from cancer so it is something that I feel strongly about. 

We had to be pretty involved with this LEAD team. We met for meetings on most Mondays throughout the semester. The first thing to do was create a team and start getting donations. A $10 donation was required to join which helped us invest into the team. We set a goal of $1000 but eventually increased it because we exceeded the amount with a couple weeks left before the event. To earn more money we hosted an on campus event and had a Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser. Our on campus event was “Pie an LI” which was a lot of fun but also raised money for a good cause. I myself got pied in the face which was interesting to say the least but also a ton of fun. We ended up exceeding our goal of earnings which is always a great accomplishment.

The event took place on Saturday, April 9th at the indoor track. Many things were going on during the event with an honoring of survivors early in the event, lip sync battles, and slam poet the Asia Project.  Every table has a game or food that they sell to make money on sight. We chose to sell cold pop and have a trivia type game. The pop was a hit and we earned quite a bit of money. At the end of the event, after we cleaned up all the tables, all of the earnings were added up and all of the teams together raised $55,000 in total. Our team was the second most donated team! Being apart of a LEAD team is a great opportunity to improve on teamwork and have a goal to work for. Teamwork is a vital part of being a good leader and I cannot wait to be apart of another team next year.

Connections on Connections

Connections Leadership Conference is an event put on by the Leadership Institute that takes 15o leaders on campus, including all LAS freshman and students involved in RSOs, student council, and other groups on campus,  to advance our Leadership skills and make connections with our fellow CMU leaders. We woke up on November 7th to travel up to Traverse City and stay at the Great Wolf Lodge. I was ready to listen to some great speakers, connect with Central Michigan students, and of course get a little wet at the water park. As i traveled on the bus, I did not quite know what I was getting myself into, this being my first conference, but I left 2 days later on the same bus thinking just how great my first conference was.

I learned a great deal at Connections Conference. I attended four speakers at Connections. The first speaker talked about our D.A.M.N, then I attended Power of Positive Change: Start the Ball Rolling, Fierce Conversations, and Gaining Momentum on the Grid. I highly enjoyed every Speaker I went to and my favorite by far still was Fierce Conversations(I have a blog specifically about this so check it out). After the first night we got to have a fun night at the water park. Following all the fun we got to play a game that allowed us to mingle with all the CMU students here at the Conference.

For being my first Conference, I’d have to say it was quite a good one. I enjoyed every Speaker that I attended. The food was great despite what I had heard. How could I not enjoy, I mean anything you do surrounded by fellow Chippewas will be a good time. Overall, Connections was a great experience and if i would ever get an opportunity to be more involved in it I would in a heart beat.Thank you LAS and CMU for the opportunity as always!

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Chase and I looking good at Connections.

 

A Spark of Leadership

The Spark Leadership series is put on by the Leadership Institute to give students a passion for Leadership and make connections with other students. Spark is a four week program that is 2 hours every Thursday night. More info can be obtained here. LAS is required to attend once our Freshman year. I enjoyed the experience and hope to be able to be a co-coordinator in the future.

Spark started with a presentation from our coordinators, followed by getting into our groups. I was lucky enough to be on Team Collaborated lead by Sophomore LASers James Barber and Angie Distelrath.

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Team Collaboration!!

 

We got to do some activities to bond with our group. The next week got to learn our Leadership styles. I am a Direct Leader which means … The third session was a Challenge day with our groups. Each person got their chance to take a lead on a challenge. I love participating in team challenges like this. I love a good challenge and enjoy the comradery you feel in succeeding in a group. The last day of Spark put everything we learned and know about Leadership into one activity. Everyone was split into two groups that were given different cultures, ways of speaking, and rules to follow. It is hard to explain in full, but basically the culture I was in started every confrontation with a hug and asking about a male in their life. You proceded to play a card game. Students from the other group came over to participate in our group which lead to mass confusion. Personally, if you did not get to visit the other group the activity did not have much of an effect on me. This also might have been due to me being sick.

Overall, I thought Spark was a good event and I am happy I got to participate. The best part of my experience was being able to learn about my Leadership style. Now that I know my style I can work on my weaknesses and continue to do the things I do well. Spark is just one of the many things the Leadership Institute puts on to spread Leadership throughout campus at the wonderful Central Michigan University.