People have different definitions of leadership. I want to focus today around the theme of inspiring others. As the “Lone Nut” Tedx talk has shown us you cannot be a leader without followers. So how do you get your followers… you inspire them! Make them share your passion and energy.
I inspire others
The particular student in the picture is a bundle of energy. Ashwin is the incoming president for CBESA and can be found cheering at the top of his lungs and jumping into any situation with the most outgoing and friendly attitude. Part of his charm is being so welcoming. The first thing he will do is stick his hand out to shake yours. As a leader, this is an action helps to create an intimate connection with your followers.
I am passionate about the work I do
The passion that people have is contiguous. Think about any famous speech you have heard, Martin Luther King, Obama! They all speak with a passion that makes you believe in their cause. They rally the troops together with their spirit. You just have to be so passionate in your work and then you will make others want to help.
Some leaders do this unknowingly by just caring for others and passing on their kindness. I remember an RA during my first year helping me when my door got vandalised. Her kindness and caring inspired me to want to be an RA and to help others when they were having a rough day. These little moments that we can take for granted like in the Lollypop Moment Tedx talk, and have a ripple effect with creating new leaders and followers.
I wear orange when a lot of people wear black
And to the person who marches to their own beat… yes, you inspire people as well! You make me question what I am doing. You make me question the norms. This type of leader is what we need to be critical thinkers and to create change. Look at Thomas Edison, he thought a little different, questioned a little more, and kept on doing what he was doing because it made him happy and it was what he was passionate about it.
“if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”.
So what I want to leave you with is this quote “if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”. We all have the capacity to inspire others. Chances are you are already doing it. Keep up the good work and keep making those positive impacts.
Here is a great short clip from Dead Poets Society.
“O Captain, my Captain!”
We each need to find our voice, stand up, and salute those who inspire greatness in us!
Robin Williams in this movie inspired his students to follow their hearts even if it was against the grain. Who is your “O Captain, my Captain!” ?
There is this newish thing around campus called GryphLife. It is an e-platform that launched last year with a lot of campus events and student organizations listed on it. So why am I writing about GryphLife on a leadership blog? Well GryphLife helps students to get involved. Ultimately, to be a leader you need to know what is happening, take steps to meet others, develop your skills, gain experience – and of course be passionate. Basically – you need to get involved!
There are so many different groups and training workshops and events on campus that you may not know about – but could if you check into GryphLife. It’s pretty much a one stop shop to learn more about groups, events, track your outside of the classroom experience and more.
So, full disclosure here: at first I was hesitant to use the system. I had been getting to know the different clubs I was interested in via Facebook and their club pages and was already a member of some groups. What I like about GryphLife is that on each organization’s page their social media feeds are integrated. This makes staying up to date really easy. Too many times I have wanted to join something but the contact info was out date, I couldn’t find it or I wasn’t able to attend clubs day in the UC. Now I can search when I want to and find what I’m looking for.
As a student leader, and a general student, who likes to be involved that this platform isuser friendly. Often times now when I sign up for volunteering or workshops they have a registration form on GryphLife. I like that it is all on the same system and is more reliable than the old REG.( for any upper years that remember that platform.) On the events bulletin board on the homepage ofGryphLife it also highlights different workshops, events, and volunteering that I might not otherwise had known about. Myon campus involvement has actually increasedsince signing up and using it more regularly – like once a day.
A bit disclosure: I liked the system so much, I started working within Student Life on the GryphLife project. As I get ready to graduate, I want to make sure it’s a great as it can be. To do this, we need every UofG student to have an active profile on it. 9000 of you have already joined – and it’s very simple. Sign on using your UofG central login at www.gryphlife.ca. Once you have logged in update your profile and manage your interests so the system can recommend activities and events for you to attend. Then join the organizations that you are part of or are interested in. I am part of my college’s page, my majors page, and I also joined clubs that fit with my hobbies. Once all of that is done go to the homepage and check out some of the cool events happening on campus. It is as simple as that!
What I am trying to get across in this post is that we all need to come together to make it the best that it can be. GryphLife has so many benefits of membership and one of the great ones is that keeps tracks of your roles in groups and what workshops and events you attend. So take a quick study break and check it out. You will likely have to make an account at some point soon as most of your college government elections also happen on this platform. So why not now?We can’t just rely on seeing posters any more around campus to know what is happening. I say out with the old and in with the new…Hello GryphLife!
If you think you are to small to make a difference try sleeping with a mosquito
Sometimes in life we can get discouraged because we don’t see how we can create change, have that ripple effect, and see the bigger picture results. However, let’s take a few steps back and realize that sometimes change just has to be small. Anyone has the power to make change. How do you achieve this? DRIVE! This is is what keeps you going, it is what keeps that mosquito going. Change is not a want, it is a basic need. If you think about it that way then treat making change as you would finding food survive. That basic drive is what motivates you to keep on going. Use that as your fuel! So my question to you, is what are your next steps?
With classes starting today as does another chapter in our life. For those thinking forwards after graduation or really any future planning, we must integrate an Asterix* . Things are never certain, they can change. Sometimes having such a set path can close doors when we aren’t looking at our surroundings.
So take time to reflect on back five years ago to how you pictured your future, now 10 years ago, now as a child. How has it changed…what factors made it so? University is a time to find and grow ourselves. Most of us probably entered with one path in mind but now are leaving with a completely different life purpose. So for 2015 I say bring it on! The change, the doors, the insecurity…they will all lead to a wonderful adventure called life.
As humans we come and go but our legend lives on. People are remembered by their actions and the impact they have on others. Every year we take time on November 11th to remember the brave actions and stories of our Canadian heroes. The reflection that we take on this day helps to keep their legends alive and thank them for everything that they have done. We need to always remember to learn from the past and their keep memories alive. However, it is important to note that these brave Canadian are more than just heroes to us they are legends that inspire others. Tomorrow take time to think and reflect on the impact and stories you have heard about our Canadian heroes.
We all have the opportunity in our lives to create our legend… so what will your legacy be? How will you inspire others?
Awarenss is a key ingredient in success if you have it teach it and if you lack it seek it
We are continually improving and changing to be a better person. Awareness is something that helps with that journey. Think back to a time when you learned something new…. Did it create passion for you? Maybe it even was shock or disbelief? Knowledge gives us a power. A power of choice. We can either acknowledge that new awareness and do something with it or let fall from our thoughts.
I would hope as leaders you choose to make a positive change.
Awareness opens up our eyes to new ways of thinking or doing.
Aboriginal Awareness Week starts today. I challenge you to reflect how much you know about Aboriginal cultures and to open yourself up to learning more. There are many great events happening this week that will give you the opportunity to learn.
Get involved, ask questions, gain awareness.
Below is a link to the event listings for this week around Aboriginal Awareness.