Courtney Duke here.
In reflecting on this past semester I have been able to reminisce about some of the great things I have taken away from my leadership course. In the beginning of the semester my leadership philosophy valued respect, community, and adaptability. As the course progressed, I discovered new things about myself that I identified with as a leader and added these to my leadership philosophy. Though our exploration of our identities I saw how my race, gender, and culture shape the way I view and perform leadership and how I can improve and grow in my leadership style.
Respect: Treat others the way you would want to be treated.
Since a young age I have been taught that in order to receive respect you must show respect to others. I exhibit this in both my leadership activities and day to day by treating others with kindness and and open mind.
Community: Take responsibility for your duty to make a positive contribution to the community.
Even if the task is small you can always make a positive contribution to the community. I do this through remaining active in my community through volunteering and doing small acts of kindness throughout my day.
Adaptability: An ability to steer change and respond to change.
My ability to be able to lead and respond to change is imperative to my growth as a leader. In both my leadership style and my day to day I work to be able to respond to any situation quickly and efficiently to ensure success.
Hard Work: To be action oriented and perform to the best of my ability.
Putting in the long hours and getting things done is part of what I believe it takes to be a leader. This shows up in both my leadership style and day to day by prioritizing tasks and doing my best in everything that I do.
Diversity: Being open minded to a variety of things.
I challenge myself to talk with people that have different backgrounds and lifestyles from myself to learn new ways in which I can be a leader on a daily basis. I try to then bring these ideas into my leadership style by being more inclusive of those around me.
My experience in this leadership course has been informative, challenging, and inspiring. I have learned new things about my leadership style and have been able to examine myself in a way that has helped me to develop into a better leader. Moving forward I want to take these things I have learned and apply them to not only when I am in leadership but when I engage in daily life. In the future others will be able to see my values clearly play out in my leadership. I expect myself to continue to challenge my leadership style and to remain open minded to new ways of leading.