leadership portfolio Maya Krolikowski University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign BSAS 2015
My Leadership Journey 1
Personal Development Plan
Leadership Programs + Courses
Conclusion + Future
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” –Napoleon Hill
Introduction Illinois Leadership Centerâ€™s Guiding Philosophy Lee W. Waldrep, PhD, Leadership Philosophy About Maya Krolikowski Personal Mission Statement
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The Illinois Leadership Center’s Guilding Philosophy James McGregor Burns, considered by many to be the father of modern leadership practices, once famously stated that “Leadership is the most observed, yet least understood, phenomena on earth.”A generation later, we find this still rings true today. Our work at the Illinois Leadership Center is to study and teach the skills for effective leadership relevant to 21st Century professional and community realities. At Illinois, our work is guided by a few overarching principles. We believe leaders need to ask, “Why?” just as often as they ask, “What?” and “How?”. Leadership, at its essence, is about working with others to create positive change, and therefore must be based in a fundamentally service-focused and ethical foundation of values. It is about practicing global citizenship. Even before the Leadership Center was constructed, a committee of faculty, staff, students, and alumni collaborated to create our “Philosophy of Leadership” to reflect these principles. In addition, we believe that leadership can be taught. While some may have more inherent skill at the practice of leadership than others, we believe everyone can enhance and refine their abilities to lead others. Therefore, we have created a set of “Skills and Attributes” that we believe all effective leaders should possess. All of our programs and initiatives are designed to help students learn about and develop in these areas. Our primary teaching strategy is simple. We believe students learn best when they have the opportunity to educate themselves, apply and practice what they’ve learned, and reflect on their experiences to create deeper personal meaning. The curriculum of our programs are designed around this fundamental belief, and therefore include cutting-edge leadership theory combined with engaging activity and discussion, along with opportunities to reflect individually and in small groups. We firmly believe this cascading structure, where we align our values and priorities with the curriculum we teach, can be transformational for Illinois students. *Excerpt from http://www.illinoisleadership.illinois.edu/about/philosophy.asp
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Lee W. Waldrep, PhD, Leadership Philosophy “Leadership is an essential skill that enables the architect to convincingly convey his or her vision to the client while imparting a sense of discipline, confidence, and concern for a highquality outcome.” --Ambassador Richard Swett, FAIA The above words by Richard Swett, FAIA, the only architect to have ever served in the U.S. Congress, demonstrate the true importance of leadership for an architect. Given this importance, it is critical that architecture students do not simply assume positions of leadership but learn what leadership IS as provided through the Leadership Certificate Program offered by the Illinois Leadership Center at the University of Illinois. As Maya’s leadership coach/mentor, it has been a tremendous joy to see her develop not only as an architecture student but more importantly as a leader and as a person. As she states in her story, she defines leadership as a character that brings positive change and encouragement to a group by leading them towards accomplishment, self-betterment and overall growth. I enthusiastically share in her confidence to become an effective leader but know she is still finding her leadership philosophy. Fortunately, she has much to experience -- Global Architecture Brigades (GAB), Barcelona, and her senior year. Knowing Maya as I do, I know that she will not only be a leader within the architecture profession, but she will be a great one. Lee W. Waldrep, Ph.D. Mentor/Coach School of Architecture “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John C. Maxwell
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About Maya Krolikowski I am a third year undergraduate student of architecture at the University of Illinois UrbanaChampaign on an endless quest for inspiration and self-discovery. I am an inquisitive thinker, a thought provoker, a traveler, an energetic explorer, a creator of positive change, and a passionate student. I am so thankful for the education I have received at Illinois, and will give back to my community in gratitude of all the opportunities made available to me. Regardless of my socioeconomic status, I will always be humble and appreciative for all that I have. I love to learn about the world around me through interactions with others, helping shape the person I want to become through qualities and habits I will develop with time. I want my career to help better the lives of others through the architecture I create, helping generate positivity and hope, even for those with not much available to them. As a leader, I will help advocate positive change for our worldâ€™s citizens to live happy, healthy and meaningful lives. I strive to be a role model for women of all ages, showing them strength and self-worth.
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Personal Mission Statement As an ambitious young adult I have learned that both my thoughts and actions hold great power to the world around me. With having the ability to create change and inspire others comes much responsibility and a necessity to be aware, thoroughly evaluating every decision. As a future leader and creator of positive change I wish to be aware of all of my actions, as well as observe all conditions around me before taking action. I define leadership as a character that brings positive change and encouragement to a group of individuals by leading them towards accomplishment, self-betterment and overall growth. I am confident in my ability to attain this role effectively, but to achieve this status I must find my own leadership philosophy. This can be done best by learning various theories and applying them to daily situations. Only after this process will I understand how I can be most effective to those around me and have support from my surrounding community. For me to gain support I must be trusted as a leader, which I hope to accomplish through improving and developing certain attributes. The two goals I mainly wish to develop as a leader-in-training are as follows. First, I aspire to feel more comfortable and be assertive in new and unfamiliar settings. Secondly, I hope to learn how to develop and lead a group; organizing projects and events collaboratively. Through participating in the Leadership Certificate Program, I will have the opportunity to broaden my knowledge in these fields and truly develop as a leader from both real life experiences and through learning leadership theory. Being a college student that values honesty, achievement and determination, I will have the ability to instill my values and morals in whatever work I choose to participate in for the greater good of the world. My dream is to have the opportunity to practice leadership by empowering my both community and communities unfamiliar to me. This is something I can unassailably achieve with foundation of this program, giving me tools I need to be a figure of positivity and hope for the future.
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. â€“Ralph Waldo Emerson
Personal Development Plan Learning Goals 11 Skills + Attributes
Learning Goal #1 Asserting myself as a responsible leader in new settings, having the ability to talk to many with confidence and hold a strong voice that can empower and motivate. One of the most critical skills that a successful leader holds is having effective communication. I believe this is an attribute that I have, however can continue building with the help of more experiences and knowledge. Being able to listen to groups of people, give them appropriate advice and assistance, and lead them to achieve results is a process that holds extreme importance. As a young adult entering my field of study, I am building contact with more professionals and expanding my network. Because of this, learning how to interact with larger groups and communities that vary in scale and subject is something I would like to study and become more comfortable with. In adolescence it is more than common to “cling” to what one is used to, being surrounded by an environment where one feels included and very connected to. As one becomes an adult, this is not always the case. I am aware that many times in my future I will be put in uncomfortable settings to which I am not fully acclimated. Whether it is living in a completely new location or talking to groups of people who I do not know, there will be a multitude of occasions where I will need to be strong, assertive, and exert great poise. Having said this, my goal is that throughout this program I will be able to partake in experiences that set me out of my comfort zone, allowing me to test various methods when working with others. With having a plethora of “trial and error” experiences under my belt, I will have more confidence and an understanding of how to appropriately assert myself as a leader even when I feel least comfortable. Understanding how to be versatile and prepared for the unpredictable is a quality that all successful leaders must have, and a goal that I can achieve with experience and time. My plan of action for this goal is to put myself in the role of a leader and avid communicator much as I can. Through my participation in organizations I will involve myself in leadership positions that will test this skill. Whether that is planning a specific event or holding an executive position that has to make decisions within a team-setting, I will put myself in the role of a leader and team member that talks to many people and listens to the needs of a group. Simultaneously I will exert the assertiveness and maturity necessary to hold this role. In terms of measuring my growth, after each leadership experience I will assess what I have done, what changes have I made within this organization/event, and reflect on it as a growing leader—was there a certain approach or method I took that was beneficial? What skills have I learned or what do I lack and need to continue developing? Assessing the aftermath of my leadership will allow me to gain perspective on my growth and understand my strengths and weaknesses.
Learning Goal #2 Understanding how to lead groups towards goals, focusing on team development, collaboration and building community. I feel that when I have learned how to be comfortable and assertive in new situations I will also have a better idea of how to manage larger groups. In order to be a successful leader, one must understand group dynamics and how to divide a large community into individual goals and jobs. Also having this unit interact and work together successfully for a central purpose. Managing and understanding people is a crucial skill that is very important for leaders in any field, not only to be successful and achieve results but to build healthy relationships and interactions within the organization/business. Through this program I hope to develop my skills of being a leader of large groups, cultivating techniques on organizing projects and programs along with building a sense of community and comfort within an organization. The more experience I have with managing groups and interacting with a variety of people, the more I will understand how to be a better leader in my future endeavors. This goal is one that branches off of my first goal. After asserting myself as a leader, I will tackle how to make sure that the group is working well together in a healthy and positive way. This first means assessing other’s strengths and weaknesses to see their full potential when working in a team setting— what can they bring to the table? What does this member enjoy doing and what are their personal goals? Additionally, I want to understand how people work together best, asking what I can do as a leader to facilitate group development so each member feels comfortable sharing their goals and ideas with others. Assessing one’s abilities is a quality that leaders must understand and acknowledge so that group efforts lead to success instead of miscommunication and complications. In order to be a better team leader, I will educate myself more about emotional intelligence so I can understand different types of personalities and therefore learn how to interact with a variety of individuals. In order to assess my growth in this area, I will document my efforts in leadership positions to build community and learn about various team members. Asking myself, what can I do as a leader to strengthen the group dynamic? How can I play to everyone’s strengths? And lastly, how will I react to difficult people/difficult situations when/if they arise?
11 Skills + Attributes Leadership skills are areas of competency that can be applied to a variety of contexts. The Center teaches leadership from a skills-development model, and focuses that model on four main areas of leadership skill development. In each area are specific skills and attributes essential to exercising leadership in any environment. Self Development Developing perspectives, insight, and understanding about ourselves is crucial to leadership development. We provide structure and ideas to help you develop skills related to getting the most out of yourself. Self-development has two main dimensions: self-awareness and selfmanagement. Interpersonal Development Interpersonal skills are always high on the list of characteristics employers and organizations look for in people. They are skills that will help you build better relationships with everyone you interact with at work, at home, and in your community. Illinois Leadership can help you communicate more effectively, be a better team player, and understand the importance of ethical practices. Organizational and Group Development Invariably, you are affiliated with several organizations or groups. Illinois Leadership速 is committed to providing opportunities that encourage development of skills that will make you a better group member, organizational participant, or employee. Transitional Development Transitions happen continuously throughout our lives. Graduating from college. Getting a job. Building a career. Getting involved in clubs, organizations, and civic groups. Discovering new places, people, and ideas
*Excerpt from http://www.illinoisleadership.illinois.edu/about/skills.asp
Through studying these 11 skills, I have set objectives for myself in order to grow in each category.
Self-Development Self-Awareness To become more self-aware I will ask myself more questions. Why am I doing this? What is the benefit/ harm of this? What is the goal? Do I believe in what I am doing? How will this affect others? Asking myself questions and evaluating things before I do them (and after) will allow me to make decisions that I am more comfortable with, and of course ones that I am fully conscious of. Getting to know myself and how I process information will only allow me to make better decisions in the future that impact not only me but those around me. By assessing myself constantly and asking questions, I will have the ability to reflect on various experiences where I was aware of my own decisions and values. I will document my growth in terms within specific experiences/leadership roles and the decisions I made. Was I successful? What did I lack/ what went wrong? What can I do better looking forward? By reflecting and documenting pivotal decisionmaking moments I can understand which areas I can improve on and see what leadership style I take on. Understanding my own decision making process, especially under stress, will allow me to get to know myself better and realize how my thoughts and actions reflect what type of leader I am.
Self-Management To manage myself better I will create lists with steps that I must accomplish in order to meet certain goals that I set for myself. By using lists I can track my progress and make sure I am accomplishing what needs to be done in a more digestible manner. I will practice self-management by understanding more about my role and my responsibilities. For example, if I am in charge of planning a certain event or accomplishing a given task I will map out what needs to be completed in order for the â€œgoalâ€? to be reached. Next, I will make dates that each step needs to be completed by so I can pace myself accordingly. For example, if I am helping plan an event I would make a list with dates on who I need to talk to, what needs to be purchased/booked, how to advertise the event, etc. When this list of priorities and tasks is completed I can organize myself and keep myself on track as a leader.
11 Skills + Attributes Interpersonal Development Relationship Building In order to build relationships I will talk and get to know people, discuss their personal goals and ideas and uphold conversations, connecting with them on a personal level. Additionally, I won’t be shy to discuss my own goals as well. Through taking time to get to know someone have a personal exchange I hope to build trust and a strong foundation for friendship. Getting to know other people that you don’t necessarily know well is an important life skill to have, even if it is challenging and sometimes uncomfortable. As a leader, it is critical to be able to go up to someone and feel comfortable talking to them. Through my involvement with organizations I hope to set measurable goals to talk and get to know “x” amount of people. I will take note of how I approached these people, what was successful/unsuccessful along with how I chose to present myself and make myself seem trustworthy and honest. Additionally, I will take note of personal efforts I made in a group setting to make the group dynamic more open and personal. Was a certain bonding activity or outing helpful? What did the group benefit from most, building more trust and communication between members?
Communication Skills I will work on my communication skills by generating genuine and open conversations with people, trying to understand how they think, feel, and view the world. To understand how to best communicate with others I will use various communication techniques such as maintaining eye contact, using proper body language, asking questions and being an active listener. When one shows attention and interest in another’s ideas and work they are building trust through interaction. Another aspect of successful communication is to push past cultural boundaries and communicate with other cultures unlike your own. Thus, I wish to get involved with organizations that work with other cultures, or projects within another country. Not only will I be looking at the needs of another community unlike my own, but I will first handedly be communicating directly with another culture that I have not been exposed to. I will document my experiences with a new and diverse community, understanding how I chose to connect with people of a different culture. How this was successful/not successful? What did I learn about others? Lastly, what could I change for the next time I work with a new community or culture?
Ethical Practices By being in a leadership role, I am consciously putting myself in the position of a role model who practices good decision making, promotes a healthy lifestyle and logical thinking for all to follow. I plan on leading by example in my community and those that I have contact with being compassionate, strong, level-headed and communicative. Being a good leader also means setting a good example amongst your peers. One can only lead by example, truly living out the values that you believe are important and necessary to one’s growth and maturity. How can one expect for good to be done if they don’t achieve goodness themselves? With this mentality I hope to be a positive influence to those around me. This means maintaining a level-headed attitude when stress and chaos arise. When those who I work with see how I react to situations and asses my own actions, my hope is that it will inspire them to do the same. This is an attribute that can sometimes be difficult to measure, as one will rarely know what is thought about them (unless communicated). But, I hope to be successful in this field by always asserting positivity to those around me and leading by example. I wish to be a figure that others can feel comfortable talking to regarding any issue whatsoever. Hence, I will try my best to be available and give proper advice, helping others grow with the support of my logical and optimistic attitude.
Team Development Being a team player means working in a group effectively, hearing others out and making decisions and reachable goals together, not alone. For myself it means being fair and being aware of group dynamics in different activities/organizations I participate in. Making a change in a community is a big life goal that I have. Although, creating change is something that cannot be done alone; it is a collaborative effort that includes the culmination of many thoughts, ideas and varying viewpoints. I wish to grow in this area by participating in volunteer work that exposes me to different communities of students with varying views and methods. Being put in this kind of team-building experience will shift focus away from “my growth” and place it on “group growth” taking me out of the equation as an individual. Although my input matters, success can only be measured by learning how to work as a team, assessing each person’s role along with our energy and effectiveness as a whole.
11 Skills + Attributes Organizational/Group Development Leading Change I will lead change by finding opportunities and being proactive to further an organizationâ€™s breadth, working with members closely to make our dreams and goals a reality. The best way of having the opportunity to lead change within a community is to simply hold a position that allows one to make changes and push forth new ideas. Having this said, I aspire hold a high position in an organization, allowing me freedom to plan events and work with others to make larger goals achievable through constant action. My goal is to bring change in an organization, whether it is a new tradition, rule, or event, etc with the help of both my ideas, and the ideas of those that work with me in this team. I will measure my progress by documenting what my role was in being a catalyst for this shift within an organization and what methods helped push it along.
Project and Program Effectiveness I will help plan and lead events, organizing them and testing out various techniques of planning and problem solving. Learning what is effective means testing out many ideas/approaches, helping lead the team to successful results through trial and error. Having knowledge of how to properly organize, budget, plan, delegate, etc is a process that can only be perfected through practice. Learning how to handle a multitude of things such as coordinating and planning an event, will help me understand how to work with a group of people towards a precise goal. To measure my growth, not only will I see how successful the event is, but I will assess various methods of teamwork, seeing what ideas worked best and how to divide up work within a group of motivated individuals. Also, how the breaking up of responsibilities pans out and the best approach to play to team memberâ€™s strengths.
Systems Thinking By being a leader that holds much responsibility, I can learn and assess what is the best organizational environment and how I can change/add to this environment myself. Thinking and analyzing a variety of complex situations will help train my critical thinking skills. Throughout all of the organizations I am involved with I will assess how these various groups are run along with the overall structure within them. How are executive positions held? How does one become more involved? By understanding how the main organizational structure of various organizations is structured I can comprehend order within smaller communities. When this order is understood, I can
then assess any problems or faults within this system and see what can be improved to strengthen these organizations. Being able to understand how something is constructed and functions will allow me to view directly how communities and groups of people can work together in a successful manner. Being able to comprehend the cooperative environment in an organization will assist me in helping build other organizations in the future. To assess my growth in understanding, I will explain how each organization I am involved with functions, votes on positions, and various matters. Outlining the specifics will allow me to keep in mind how these groups are run and how they grow.
Community Building As a leader, I hope to build community by bringing like-minded people together to accomplish a common goal. Additionally, I wish to be a part of a variety of communities, gaining different experiences and learning lessons from each. With my participation in organizations such as APX, GAB, and my honors service class FAA 391 I will have the opportunity to get to know a variety of communities and how they function. Each one will teach me a different type of organizational system from which I will both observe and participate by attaining a leadership role. In my service class, I will able to work with members of the ChampaignUrbana community directly and learn about the changes that people want to see moving into the future of the community and its goals. As a part of GAB, I will travel to Honduras on a brigade, working with an underdeveloped community and see how they are trying to move forward. Having the chance to understand various cultures will allow me to see both the positives and negatives of each and how I can have a better understanding of others.
Transitional Development Sustaining Leadership Sustaining my role of leadership means making myself available to others as a role model who radiates positivity and strength. To accomplish this, I aim to stay connected to others and help mentor those younger than me. After learning about a specific community and having a chance to work with them, I aim to stay connected with the different types of people that I had the chance to interact with. Whatever my role was in that organization, I aspire to be viewed as a role model and mentor who can help develop others even after holding a position. Networking is always a mutual relationship, and I hope to continue many symbiotic relationships where we can use our talents and strengths to help one another.
What you do has far greater impact than what you say. â€”Stephen Covey
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Leadership Program + Courses AGED 260 GE 361 iPrograms
AGED 260 Prof. Harding, Fall 2012 AGED 260 focused on the basics of understanding a variety of leadership models in order to understand their strengths and weaknesses. While doing so, we learned more about our own leadership traits and how to better interact with others. One of my favorite projects done in this course was to shadow a leader of an organization on campus and learn directly from them by shadowing them and observing their work. I chose to work with the Director of Krannert Center for Performing Arts. For a few weeks, I got to meet with him for discussions about leadership and his own strategies. Additionally, I was lucky enough to shadow him at a concert, watching him interact with staff, donors and friends. Having the opportunity to work with a local leader was a very insightful experience that I will never forget, and something I am very grateful for. Another memorable part of the class included self-assessments such as the DiSC assessment, where I learned a lot about my own character and the leadership traits that I exhibit. In class we had the chance to talk to individuals with both similar and dissimilar styles and learn how each type of personality fits into a larger model for a successful organization. All types of characters are needed to create balance and energy flow in places of work and productivity. Overall, this class was a great survey course in understanding different types of leadership while beginning to delve into our personal traits as a leader in training. This course truly helped my understanding and growth of my second goal, building community and collaboration in a group. By learning more about methods to maintain structure, I was able to relate them to the current structure of the organizations I am a part of. Most of all, I learned about transformational leadership, something I really resonate with and hope to achieve one day as a motivational and inspirational leader that can excite an audience and fill them with positive thoughts and enthusiasm for the future.
Qualities -Active and often pushing myself to reach ambitious goals
-Maintaining a fast pace, little patience for things that stand in the way of progress -Eager to seize new opportunities, even if it means changing directions
-Frustrated by situations that require policies and procedures- they get in the way of creativity and flexibility
Primary: Dominance Secondary: influence
-Loves responsibility, enjoys opportunities to be in charge
-Fairly bold and adventurous, prefers free-flowing processes, may sometimes struggle with situations that require being more methodical or systematic
-Open to taking risks, and willing to make decisions based on my gut instinct when necessary. As a result, you may find your goals and decisions challenged by more analytical colleagues.
-When put under a great deal of pressure, I may sometimes become combative.
-Because I want to be heard, I push when I feel that my opinions are overlooked
-May even run the risk of becoming too insistent if I feel my ideas arenâ€™t appreciated
-While you expect some public acknowledgement of your accomplishments, you probably donâ€™t require a lot of gushing praise. And because you value recognition yourself, you may be generous with your compliments to others.
My most valuable contributions to the workplace may include my high energy, drive to get results, and my ability to inspire others. In fact, these are probably some of the qualities that others admire most about the Di style people.
GE 361 Prof. Price, Fall 2013 GE 361 was a very unique course, unlike anything I have taken before. This class taught me all about emotional intelligence and how to use it to my benefit by reacting to emotions logically and in an appropriate manner. The course touched on subjects of motivation, conflict, diversity, teamwork, goal setting and success. Overall, it was filled with lots of personal growth and introspection. Emotional Intelligence: the ability to recognize and manage our own feelings and those of others. To perceive accurately, appraise and express emotion. A key component of this course was to be self aware of your reactions to others and the ability to control your emotions and not let them take over you and cause chaos. Through understanding your own intentions you can focus more on your actions and what you desire to do-- to be driven by reason and not insintual emotion. This course helped me a lot in learning more about my attributes and getting to know myself more. The information I learned is the foundation for both of my goals; before I can help build others up and accomplish tasks effectively I must fully understand how I function and react to specific situations. When I am more self aware I can be accountable for all of my actions and reactions to external stimuli. When emotions run high, methods of handling situations appropriately can be implimented such as those learned through the text Crucial Conversations. The techniques we practiced in class are some of the most helpful and valuable information you can know during a time of frustration and emotional outburst. What I appreciated most after the class is the importance of having a personal mission statement that lays out your values and beliefs that you want to help shape the person you are, or want to be. This sets the path for what you want to accomplish and how you would like to do it. Often we are swayed by others, but having the ability to internalize what we want and how we feel is the most poweful tool to staying grounded in a changing world.
My Personal Mission Statement Honesty, commitment, determination, peace, happiness, and helping others are important to me. My character will reflect these values along with having open-mindedness, strength, and independence in everything I do. I will live a home with peace, love, compassion, trust and respect. I will live with a partner that is committed, caring, and compassionate. They will challenge and motivate me, striving for personal achievement and self-betterment at all times. Similarly, I will strive to push them in the same way that they push me, creating a balanced and cooperative relationship centered on strength, trust, and love. I will have a career where my imagination, creativity, excitement, problem solving skills, logic, and desire to help the world can be cultivated and flourish.If my career does not have opportunities for this, I will seek out participation in a non-for-profit organization where my talents and knowledge can be connected with service to help strengthen our world and empower young individuals. I will consciously set an example to everyone (especially young women) around me and be a role model that emulates strength, independence, wisdom, truth, determination, and health of mind body, soul, and spirit. I will help motivate my loved ones to be the best they can be, helping uncover their true talents, strengths, and desires. I will help them realize and uncover the inner strength and fire that exists within them. My desire is to have personal success, meaning that I feel accomplished and excited about my career. Success to me does not mean being on the top of a corporate ladder, success means having a sense of purpose, drive, and passion in what I do every day of my life. Financial security and stability is important so that I can provide for my family and loved ones with opportunities to travel and experience the world along with time for introspection and relaxation, just like my family gave me. My money will not guide me but rather I will guide my money. This I will do with balance, logic, thought and reason. My principles, values, character and actions will be in balance at all times.
Insight The focus of insight is self-awareness and self-management, about discovering new insights about yourself and ways in which you lead others. Focusing on your strengths We talked much about discovering your talents through activities you enjoy and interests you are drawn to-- paying close attention to these can help uncover some of your talents and skills! I took a test that measured my top 5 most dominant themes of talent that have the opportunity to grow into strengths.
+ constant need for achievement/ accomplishment
+ intrigued by unique qualities + keen observer of otherâ€™s strengths
+empowers me to constantly work and produce
+ inquisitive and collective of informarition + mind finds many things interesting
+ tendency toward strong intimate relationships
+ fascination of the future + visions of the future energize me
Choosing important values Values are constantly shifting through your life, but itâ€™s important to always have a select few that help lead your deicisions. We were given an exercize to select your top 10 values from a list. Below are my choices.
purpose friendship peace
Identity, social identity, and saliency How will I demonstrate myself and my personal values to others? How will my values change and adapt to new situations in life? Final thoughts The insight program was very introspective for me, as it allowed me to assess what values and beliefs are most integral to my character. What do I believe in? What do I value, and how can I show this to others? Having a strong sense of self-identity is important in order to stay grounded in our fast paced world, thus stressing the importance of getting to know yourself, your values, and your desires. What I take away most from this program is to constantly assess, and re-assess in different stages of my life, what I hold to be most important and to keep those values true to all of my actions, along with helping others. Also, the significance of understanding what you believe and value in all aspects of your life and understanding when these values change due to your surroundings and stage in life.
Ignite The focus of ignite is organizational development- discovering how to initiate, lead and sustain change initiatives in organizations.
We talked much about the changes we wanted to create in our own communities at the university level-- what organization would we like to improve? Successful leaders of organizations... -Utilize a systems-thinking approach in recognizing what will be affected by the change -Identifying stakeholders who should be included in buying into the change and will be affected -Utilizing coalition-building to gain support and ensure the change will last What I considered: Understanding who is affected by the change you want to create is crucial. We talked about what to consider and how to best ensure that your plan will be fullproof and a big success. Through activities of â€œsellingâ€? your idea, you get used to the idea of selling it to people and seeing their reactions and questions about your proposition. We made pitches that are both simple and concrete to be able to sell our idea in 30 seconds. Future commitments:
Through a series of goal setting tasks, we were able to commit to making changes in the next few days, the next week, month and school year. Having a series of both short term and long term goals help ingrain the tasks in your mind and make them a reality for you to carry out. Ignite was a great opportunity to practice goal setting and being active about the changes you want to create in both your life and the organizations you are a part of. It was a very inspirational experience about having an active voice about the choices you make and what you believe in.
Integrity The focus of integrity is ethics, morals and how these concepts impact your leadership behaviors, decisions and effectiveness.
The modern name used to describe the quality possessed by people who consistently act accordingly to a firmly established character pattern-- people who do the right thing.
We identified and chose our top ethical and non-ethical values that we always want to follow and “wore” them on our nametag all day. My top values were the following
Compassion - Honesty - Respect - Influence - Achievement- Influence Common Ethical Dilemmas
We learned much about different types of dilemmas that are commonly seen throughout people’s lives such as honesty vs. loyalty, individual vs community, long term vs short term, justice vs mercy.
Moral Temptation: RIGHT vs. RIGHT
Ethical Dilemma: RIGHT vs. WRONG
As a leader, is it important to take into account who all is being impacted and always living in accordance to values and principals that you set for yourself. We all have defining moments that reveal, test, and shape our character through trying times where these ethical values come into play. This program helped me understand how important it is to stay true to your values regardless of external pressures and stay honest with your character, as that shapes who you are. I will make it my goal to always act in accordance with what I believe every day.
Intersect The focus of intersect is interpersonal development- providing the skills and knowledge to make you more successful as you communicate.
Two parts of communication entail sending the message and receiving it My listening style Appreciative
What I learned.. That I am a very factual listener, I like to know all of the facts in the situation while also having a calm environment to digest the information. I often like to stop distractions so that I can focus, which can be seen as rude sometimes. I like knowing the overall tone and message and I care to understand what is happening with individuals on a more personal level. Listening skills are crucial in effective teams along with lots of participation and leadership, cohesion, problem-solving adequacy, and equal power and influence. Attributes such as this will help create successful teams that can count on one another. Most of all
In this program I took away most about having clear communication in order to have an effective team. I will implement these practices into my work with organizations and be cautious of my listening styles, noting when they can be tested and how I can improve to be a better listener.
Imprint Imprint focuses on transitional development-- how to manage personal or professional transitions, how to build a personal network, building a personal brand and working with coaches and mentors. Transitions Managing successful transitions means being open to opportunities and not getting stuck in details. This mindset reflects a skills set and an attitude. I learned much about how to put yourself out there and take risks to maximize your learning. You never know where life can take you and you have to be willing to take the ride! EMOTIONAL BRAIN = THE ELEPHANT
RATIONAL BRAIN = THE DRIVER
Through a series of exercises we learned about these two parts of our brain and how we can better balance them in order to maximize our effectiveness and our desires for both the short term and the long term. Personal Branding We had the opportunity to develop our “elevator speech” that defines who we are, what we do, and what motivates us to learn more about this passion and share it with the world. This was a great exercise to complete and practice with groups of people. Additionally, there were lots of alumni to talk to who shared stories of their failures and successes and how they grew and adapted to changes around them. Networking + staying connected As we enter the professional world, it’s important to create and uphold mutually benefitting relationships that can last throughout your career. This is a skill that I am learning more about and getting more comfortable with. This program was a great opportunity to develop these skills and learn about making yourself more comfortable with talking to others you don’t know.
Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. â€“Charles Swindoll
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Leadership Growth Alpha Rho Chi Global Architecture Brigades
Global Architecture Brigades Global Architecture Brigades (GAB), is the worldâ€™s largest non-profit student-led global health and sustainable development organization. The UIUC chapter systematically works with more than 400 other university groups around the world to deliver and implement one of the nine skill-based programs that empower more than 400,000 beneficiaries annually. My involvement in the last two years has grown from a member, to a brigader- going to Honduras in summer 2013, to current co-president and leader of the summer 2014 trip to Honduras. My passion has only grown for this organization through my level of involvment in both the international organization as well as our chapter on campus. As a leader, my role has been to help motivate the executive board in planning and executing fundraising and social events, delegating tasks and helping make our goals a reality. This also includes recruitment, member engagement and helping bring the message of GAB to others in hopes of inspiring students to public interest design and service for third world countries. What I have learned most... My role has been challenging at times-- keeping board members on task and motivated can be a challenge. Communication is truly the key to the success of any organization so that all members are on the same page and working together towards a common goal. In addition, delegation of tasks is crucial in helping empower others to feel responsibility and a sense of ownership for what they are accomplishing on behalf of the organization. My biggest growth throghout my role as a co-president has been to effectively reach out to my executive board, general members, and recruits in a friendly and approachable manner that is positively perceived. My involvement with GAB has been the defining factor of growth in my leadership goals, as this opportunity has given me so many situations where I can practice leadership both on campus as well as in Honduras. Having the chance to travel and work with a different type of community has given me a plethora of knowledge and cultural understanding of other like-minded individuals who want to help make the world a better place for all global citizens.
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Alpha Rho Chi Alpha Rho Chi (APX) prepares its members to live up to the demands and expectations of the business world. Members learn to live and work with other people and to share experiences and ideas, By practicing tolerance, consideration and mutual respect, they observe and develop principals of leadership, service, communication and human relations. Our brotherhoodâ€”unique in its membership of men and womenâ€” strives to achieves fellowship and unity by perpetuating merit in studies and rigor in tradition. We strive to uphold standards and ethics of the design world and society in general. My involvement in the last three years has grown from a pledge, to a new initiate, social chairmen, philanthropy chairmen and treasurer. As a leader, my role has been to help plan social and philanthropic events for the chapter and surrounding community. As the treasurer, I was responsible for bookeeping our chapters expenses, membership dues as well as the legal status of our organization to the state. What I have learned most... As a leader in many different positions, I have had the opportunity to see some of the most private workings of the chapter from a financial standpoint. This role came with a lot of ethical responsibility of being fair, just, honest and transparent with the chapter about the financial state of our organization. There was much precision and attention to detail that came with the role, along with a lot of frustration when cooperation did not happen. This was without a doubt one of the most difficult leadership positions I have taken on which tested me in ways more than one. There were moments where my frustration slipped and my communication with others may have not been effective to get my message across-- but this has been the greatest learning lesson of all regarding my own development and growth as a leader. I had the chance to push my boundaries and learn more about what type of a leader I want to be (and the opposite as well). Often the greatest challenges are where we learn most about ourselves and the people around us. Looking forward, I hope to use the knowledge gained from this experience to make me a stronger leader that can handle a lot of pressure.
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Conclusion + Future
Throughout my years at Illinois I have pushed my growth and self-awareness in more ways than I can explain. From freshman year to present, I have had countless opportunities to engage with others, learn more about my strengths and weakenesses, and practice skills of effective communication. I only hope to continue exceling in these attributes and grow into them even more with time. As my education continues, I only wish to continue growing as a leader who can engage with others well and represent a strong and clear headed outlook on any situation. My goal is to continue getting better at handling conflicts gracefully and be a source of motivation and positivity to those around me. I also want to take the time to thank the Leadership Center, for making this opportunity possible for myself and for all Illinois students, for my professors for helping support me and most of all to my leadership coach, Lee W. Waldrep, for pushing me towards greatness.
and the journey continues...
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies 3.8/4.0 - May 2015 Escola Tecnica Superior Dâ€™Architectura Del Valles Barcelona, Spain - Anticipated Fall 2014 - Spring 2015
School of Architecture, University of Illinois Elwood E. and Adalaide Schwenk Scholarship Winner - Feb 2014 Edward C. Earl Prize Nominated for design studio project - Fall 2013 University of Illinois Deanâ€™s List - Spring 2013 College of Fine and Applied Arts Lydia E. Parker Bates Scholarship Recipient- Spring 2013 School of Architecture, University of Illinois John E. Severns Scholarship Winner - March 2013 College of Fine and Applied Arts, James Scholar Program Participant in honors program, four consecutive semesters - Dec 2011
School of Architecture, University of Illinois Gallery Assistant - May 2013 to present
Prepared spaces for exhibits, lectures, events / techincal support
College of Fine and Applied Arts Discussion Section Leader - June to October 2013
College of Fine and Applied Arts,Arts, James Scholar Program College of Fine and Applied James Scholar Program Participant in honors program, four consecutive semesters - Dec- 2011 Participant in honors program, four consecutive semesters Dec 2011
School of Architecture, University of Illinois School of Architecture, University of Illinois Gallery Assistant May 2013 to present Gallery Assistant - May 2013 to present
Prepared spaces for exhibits, lectures, eventsevents / techincal support Prepared spaces for exhibits, lectures, / techincal support
College of Fine and Applied Arts Arts College of Fine and Applied Discussion Section Leader - June to October 20132013 Discussion Section Leader - June to October
Mentored class class of 25 of freshmen / organized curriculum / graded coursework Mentored 25 freshmen / organized curriculum / graded coursework
The Field Museum The Field Museum Exhibit Design InternIntern - Summer 20132013 Exhibit Design - Summer
Drafted case case layouts on VectorWorks / 3D modeled casescases on SketchUp Drafted layouts on VectorWorks / 3D modeled on SketchUp EditedEdited construction documents using AutoCad for traveling exhibition construction documents using AutoCad for traveling exhibition
Illinois Leadership Center Illinois Leadership Center Certiﬁcate Program Participant - Spring 20122012 to present Certiﬁcate Program Participant - Spring to present
Created a leadership portfolio on personal goals goals and development Created a leadership portfolio on personal and development Participated in leadership conferences / theory & application courses Participated in leadership conferences / theory & application courses
Global Architecture Brigades Global Architecture Brigades Vice President Fall 2013 to present Vice President - Fall 2013 to present
Recruited over 40 members / coordinated travel travel and fundraising of service trip trip Recruited over 40 members / coordinated and fundraising of service
School of Architecture School of Architecture Program AmbassadorFall 2012 to present Program AmbassadorFall 2012 to present
Lead Lead student tours tours of architecture facilities / presented to hightoschool students student of architecture facilities / presented high school students
AlphaAlpha Rho Rho Chi Chi Treasurer + Philanthropy ChairmanFall 2012 to Fallto2013 Treasurer + Philanthropy ChairmanFall 2012 Fall 2013
Calculated activeactive dues dues / balanced bank bank accounts / planned annualannual beneﬁtbeneﬁt concert Calculated / balanced accounts / planned concert
Revit, Revit, SketchUp, AutoCAD, Rhino,Rhino, AdobeAdobe Suite,Suite, VectorWorks, Chief Chief Architect SketchUp, AutoCAD, VectorWorks, Architect
English: ﬂuent,ﬂuent, Polish:Polish: proﬁcient, French: conversational, Spanish: conversational English: proﬁcient, French: conversational, Spanish: conversational
Charcoal, ink, collage, watercolor Charcoal, ink, collage, watercolor
A big thank you, for making this opportunity possible