The TRU LEADership Conference 2019 was once again a great success and I doubt anyone who attended, walked away from with the exact same mindset they may have walked in with.
There were a series of sessions, held throughout the day, all having really amazing leaders in their own right, sharing experiences and what being a leader means to them. People who are just like you and me. Out every day doing amazing things in yours, mine and their own communities. Teaching us that you do not need to have an official title given unto you, in order for you to take on the role of a leader and make a difference. No matter how big or small that difference may be.
We had the pleasure of learning from speakers such as Jim Gudjonson, who utilizes his passion for mountain climbing as a tool to carry out research on sustainability, in order to come up with solutions to protecting the globe. Another teaching moment was hearing one of the attendee’s share her story, sharing her introduction to leadership which believe it or not was at home, when she became the big sister to six young brothers, to whom she has to be a role model to each and every single day.
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch
TRU, beyond academic provision, makes way for so many opportunities to students on campus outside of the classroom. Opportunities, if utilized properly, in other words, milked dry by students, can be beneficial once it becomes time to join the ‘real world’, with the big dogs.
So go ahead and explore these opportunities. Build relationships with people who will push and bring out the leader within you. For there is indeed one within all of us.
I would like to share a little exercise Sarah Ladd shared with us on Saturday and challenge you all to go do this. It won’t take long. I promise.
- Make a list of what you believe are your talents.
- Make another list of things important to you (in general).
- Pick (from both these lists) what stands out to you most, or what’s most important to you.
- Now create a mission statement or your ‘purpose’ if you will. Lining out your values and life goals.
And that my good people, is all she wrote. Now go forth and be greats!