Our Leadership Toolbox video series gives Honors College students the tools they need to succeed academically, on campus and on the job market. The topics we cover, including conflict management, networking, collaboration and social responsibility, can be instantly applied to real world situations. Tap into your strengths, awaken them in others, dig into your Leadership Toolbox.
- Commitment to honesty about yourself and your personhood and all that makes you the unique person that you area.
- Knowing your strengths and areas of growth-weaknesses is too static of a term.
- Knowing the complexity of who you are (e.g., multiple intelligences) and that all individuals have different profiles of skills and abilities.
- Accepting yourself as a human being who is not and never will be perfect. Perfect is not reality.
- Those you lead need to see you as a human role model—not as some kind of fake perfect role model. Trying to portray a perfect persona is not helpful—and actually can be harmful to others. They will think they need to try and be perfect too.
- You will make mistakes and decisions you make will not go well. Focus on what it is you can learn from those experiences. We honestly learn more from situations that do not go quite as we planned.
- If you are open to talking out loud about your mistakes and lessons learned with those you lead, they will respect you more and they will have the opportunity to learn this process of reflection from you.
- Be gentle and kind to yourself—you deserve as much kindness as you tend to offer to others.
- Time alone—take time to “let the dust” settle—for your thoughts to flow without interruption.
- Plan at least one specific activity per week that you enjoy doing, an activity that fills you up and gives you back some of the energy you have used during the week. No one can pick this activity for you. You need to reflect on what type of activity will be most helpful and meaningful to you. Be specific too. For example, it is not enough to say talk with a friend. Get yourself to specify how often and for how long.