What are your highest values?
- Giving your all
- What I believe
- Open mindedness
- Loving others unconditionally
What is the contribution you want to make as a leader?
- As a leader I want to contribute the idea of practicing what you preach. Leaders need to back up their ideas with actions more often. The best way to motivate people is to struggle along side of them. Whether it be a physical, mental, emotional or social movement, if you’re right along side everyone working to make it better, you can not only celebrate in the end but sweat during the process.
What makes you distinct as a leader?
- I’m not always a take charge leader. I’m better at stepping back, seeing where the group wants to go with the task and then throwing in my two sense. I care a lot about the feelings of the group. I have also begun to become the devil’s advocate in the group. If the group is set on one idea, I like to challenge them. Not only does it reaffirm that we made the right choice, but it causes us to think through back up plans.
What are 4 words/ phrases that others would use to describe your style?
- Love what I do.
How are you influential?
- I am influential because I teach people to be open minded to the world. The world is too big and amazing to be close minded about anything. Once you close that door and are not willing learn a little about it you miss out a potentially amazing new part of the world. I try to never shut down an idea completely. If it isn’t for me I know there is still a place in the world for it. Another way I am influential is by putting myself out there. Not just physically, but emotionally. If I want to cause a social change I’m going to have to get physical and put myself out there. If I want to cause a social change I also have to get myself out there emotionally. I’m slow to warm up but if there is a question, I will answer it to the best of my ability. Honesty is very influential because it exposes the true character of your leader.
How do you approach tasks?
- I tend to take things head on first and then piece by piece. I’m terrible at looking at the big picture so I try to take the biggest chunk I can right away. From there I work my way out.
What is a positive experience you have had with leadership?
- Being accepted into the Leader Advancement Scholarship program is one of the most positive experiences I have had involving leadership. By becoming a piece of my 2012 cohort, I have learned so much about myself. I have been challenged emotionally, ethically and mentally. I have put myself out there and joined groups I would have never joined without the support, competitive spirit and positive peer pressure to “just try it out.” By being accepted into the community I have been blessed with so many new relationships, challenges and knowledge.
What is a negative experience you have had with leadership?
- A negative experience I’ve endured through leadership is too much anxiety. I joke around and say “I live stressed to a 7 of 10 everyday.” That rings true because sometimes unfortunately with leadership role comes unwanted stress. People don’t always pull through for you and things don’t always go as planned. Though I have experienced increased anxiety in leadership I have also learned how to cope and calm myself down.
Who decides who leads?
- Sometimes the most aggressive person in the group decides who leads. I don’t fight the loudest person in the group. I know that we’re not going to get anything done if I argue with them. If their ideas are good then I’ll go along with it. If I feel there is a better idea then I don’t hesitate to step up.
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” John Acton
Who are leaders that you admire? Why?
- The leaders in my life are not well known. They don’t have thousands of followers, TED talks or lead a major organization. The two biggest leaders in my life are my dad, and our family friend Gail. My dad has been there for me since day one. In elementary school when my parents divorced he took the role of both mom and dad because my mom was too busy getting her life in line. My dad has supported me through every decision I have made. He has been to all of my award ceremonies, every sporting event and paid to send me on all of my mission trips. He works long, hard hours to pay for everything my sister and I need. I hope and pray that I can grow up to provide emotionally and financially for my family as my father has for me. Another major leader in my life is our family friend Gail. She’s one person who has choose to stay in my life. She has always gone above and beyond to provide me with another mom.