My LeaderShape experience was incredibly memorable and necessary to my development as a dynamic and influential leader both on and off campus. My definition of leadership has not changed much, but has been strengthened and reinforced through my experience at the LeaderShape Institute. I believe that leadership involves working with other people and guiding others to consider multiple options before settling on the best choice for everyone.
While at LeaderShape, I had a chance to develop my vision. This helped me center myself and figure out a goal to strive for in the future. I want to start a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing the stories of individuals with subordinated identities through film and other forms of creative expression. My goals in realizing this vision are to graduate from Electronic Media with as much experience as I can get and become more involved in nonprofits to better understand their workings.
I also learned a lot about the importance of integrity and inclusion in leadership and multicultural competency. Being a good leader includes the ability to lead any person and understanding their unique background is vitally important to that ability.
I plan on incorporating my experience at LeaderShape into my future honors experiences. I am going to actively seek out experiences that can help me reach my vision, beginning with the social entrepreneurship seminar. I believe this class will help me better understand what I want to do and how I can go about it.