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Stephen Wagner NSG 402 Leader Discussion Activity A 1. My dad: Through his work and countless advice, he taught me the value and examples of qualities. Such qualities include accountability, looking at the bigger picture, problem solving, maintaining a professional character no matter how challenging, being a workhorse, keeping the eye on the ball to reach solutions or goals, and strong work ethic. He also taught me strong values and shared experiences since he grew up during the Great Depression. During his career he made great contributions to NASA, the Department of Defense/Energy, and other organizations. He also went through some health problems in recent years, cancer and heart problems, all is well but to this day he is a fighter and keeps moving forward. He also taught me an important point: The world isn't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you down to the ground and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is going get a rough deal harder than life. But it is not how hard you get hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keeping your eye on the ball. That's how things are done. Now, if you know what you're truly worth, then go out and get what you know you are capable of. But you got to be willing to take hits, tear down walls, overcome other barriers, and not pointing fingers saying you are not where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. 2. Maya Angelou: I could have picked a lot other people like Pope John Paul II, Jesus Christ, T. Boone Pickens, Ron Paul and so on. After thinking long and hard about it, she would be the one I would love to chat with in a coffee house all day long. Not only

she is a great writer but also she is an inspirational leader. Early in her life she was raped and endured other tragedies. She didn’t let that stop her from living a full life and create such beautiful works in poetry and wisdom. She shone during the dark times and set examples for people to follow. One example was, “Phenomenal Woman”, showing how character and certain qualities are on healing and forgiveness in “I Know Why a Caged Bird Sings.” She also wrote a poem similar to what my dad says in “Still I Rise.” Some of you may remember that she was invited by Bill Clinton to speak a poem at his Presidential Inauguration. Maya also shared so many wise sayings and those can be found into various quote websites. She truly represents several qualities in leadership such as character, healing, courage, forgiveness, attitude to lift others up to a higher level, wisdom, breaking down barriers (race, women, illiteracy etc.). Several examples: - “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - “I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” - “If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.” - “My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.”