! Le.er from the Editor pg3 ! Meet the Chips! pg4 ! Survey: What kind of leader are you? pg6 ! Diﬀerent Leadership Styles pg 7 ! Q&A pg9
Letter from the Editor Whether transformational or servant, each type of leader possesses similar attributes that are essential to being successful. Such attributes include: having self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and social skills. Each is similar, but it is their differences that come together to become such vital keys to a leader’s success. Having self awareness helps in terms of knowing your limitations, being realistic, and being comfortable with asking questions. Self-regulation is similar but focuses more on the ability to channel your emotions and assess them in a reasonable manner. Being able to put yourself in another’s shoes and connect with them on a personal level shows the ability to be empathetic. Relating to people on a personal level also falls underneath social skills. By having good social skills, one is able to network with others. Whether it is a client or even competitors, being able to establish and maintain a personal relationship with others is extremely important for the role of a leader. Being able to possess these traits is of the upmost importance for the start of becoming an extraordinary leader. “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” – John C. Maxwell
Timothy Samuel Major: RecreaNon & Event Management Favorite color: Burnt orange Hobbies: Dance. Sing. Play. Fun fact: I want to sing and dance in Disney’s Parade Andrew Stevens Major: Communicatoin Favorite color: Blue Hobbies: Playing video games and reading in my spare time. Sophomore Timothy Hepler Major: IntegraNve Public RelaNons Favorite color: none Interest: Huge Michigan fan Fun fact: Tiny 19, Sophomore Courtney Marble Major: CommunicaNons Hometown: Sparta, MI Favorite color: Turquoise & Purple Fun fact: I love tacos! Nikki Henderson Major: IntegraNve Public RelaNons Hometown: Muskegon, MI Favorite color: Purple Fun fact: Delta Phi Epsilon member
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What is your leadership style?
1. I have the ﬁnal say over decisions made within my group. a) Always b) Most of the Time c) Never
2. I consider suggesNons made by others in the group. a) Always b) Most of the Time c) Never 3. I tell group members what to do, how to do it, and when I want it done. a) Always b) Most of the Time c) Never 4. If a group member makes a mistake, they are reprimanded or punished. a) Always b) Most of the Time c) Never 5. I carefully watch group members to be sure they are performing tasks properly. a) Always b) Most of the Time c) Never 6. Group members are moNvated by a need for security. a) Always b) Most of the Time c) Never 8. I accept input from group members a) Always b) Most of the Time c) Never 9. I ask for advice from group members when things go wrong. a) Always b) Most of the Time c) Never 10. I want group members to feel involved and relevant in the decision-‐making process. a) Always b) Most of the Time c)Never Mostly A’s: DelegaNve Style Mostly B’s: ParNcipaNve Style Mostly C’s: Authoritarian Style
Diﬀerent Leadership Styles DelegaJve: you oﬀer liLle or no guidance to group members and leave decision-‐ making up to group members. While this style can be eﬀecJve in situaJons where group members are highly qualiﬁed in an area of experJse, it oRen leads to poorly deﬁned roles and a lack of moJvaJon. ParJcipaJve: is generally the most eﬀecJve leadership style. DemocraJc leaders oﬀer guidance to group members, but they also parJcipate in the group and allow input from other group members. In Lewin’s study, children in this group were less producJve than the members of the authoritarian group, but their contribuJons were of a much higher quality. Authoritarian: you provide clear expectaJons for what needs to be done, when it should be done, and how it should be done. There is also a clear division between the leader and the followers. Authoritarian leaders make decisions independently with liLle or no input from the rest of the group.
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Ask and I will tell….. My group is always in a negaJve mood, how can I help this? -‐ Everything is not always going to go as planned, but keeping your group’s heads held high is one of the most important aspects of having a well-‐working group. IdenNfy the individual strengths in your group and emphasize them, it will keep your group feeling posiNve and willing to get the work done. How do I use my group’s strengths to get a project done? -‐ Take the Nme to get to know each group member individually and designate parNcular jobs to ﬁt their individual strengths. Your group members will be able to showcase their talents to the best of their ability and your project will be done be.er than you ever thought before. What is most important aspect to have within a group? -‐ Trust is the most important aspect to have within a group. Without trust your group will not want to focus on the task at hand and will not complete the task to the best of their abiliNes. This will also aﬀect how individuals in your group will work with groups in the future, especially in their future careers.
I feel like I am the only one speaking up in my group, how can I get them to give their own opinions during group meeJngs? -‐ You might be giving the individuals in your group a chance to speak. Everyone wants to know that someone is listening to them and to feel like their opinions actually ma.er. Listening is another great aspect to have within a group. Do not only listen to what your group members say, take it into consideraNon, process it, and maybe try to work it into your group’s project. This will make your group feel more posiNvely about gehng the group project done. Everything is always changing in this world, how can I keep up with the best ways to lead my group? -‐ It’s true, everything in today’s world is always changing, but you are not always going to know the “BEST” way to lead your group. Remember, no one is perfect. The easiest way to keep up with the changing Nmes is to simply evaluate yourself. Take the Nme to address what is going well, not so well, and what you could change to ﬁx what is not going well. Alerwards, you may want to share these things with your group, to allow them to share their input as well.
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