Our 2017 McLauchlan Fellows, chosen last semester, began their leadership journeys this past weekend. Professional Evening, Online and Full-time MBA candidates gathered on Friday and Saturday to delve into their personal leadership skills and potential. We had the opportunity to speak with three of our students about the weekend.
Being accepted as a McLauchlan Fellow has been a true honor and highlight of my time in the Jenkins MBA program. This opportunity is exposing me and my cohorts to resources and connections that we will be able to carry with us throughout our lives. This past weekend was the first weekend of the three part series which focused on personal leadership. It was an amazing weekend filled with cultivating relationships, listening to speakers and team building.
As I reflect back over the two days, I gained so much insight into what personal leadership truly means. For me, there were several takeaways that will forever be etched in my mind. First, leadership is not just about being in charge to direct and guide others. There is a component of leadership that I think many people tend to overlook; the ability to lead yourself from the inside out. Leading yourself means having a clear vision and direction for your life, the ability to listen to your inner voice when making decisions and personal time carved out to recharge. The second is to always be conscientious of your energy because it drives everything around us. We have to ensure that we are projecting the right energy, especially when we are leading since it affects others. And finally, we have to learn to let go. Letting go can be a freeing experience. It can free you to explore other challenges and opportunities. On the other hand, when we learn to let go, we have the ability to empower others with more responsibility.
As I move forward in this semester, I plan to apply these principles in my life. I will take more time for myself so that I am always at my best. I will make it a point to project the right energy at all times because someone is always watching. And I will let go of some responsibilities to give others a chance to grow. This was an enlightening series and I am excitedly looking forward to the next.