HST110 Reflection

When I signed up for my 3 hour history class, I was a little nervous, but was excited to learn more about history. College history classes teach you things that you did not think about in high school. I did not know what to expect in a 3 hour college class. All I knew about the class was that I would be taking it with members of my cohort. I had taken a history WI class last semester so I knew I could handle the writing. During the Spring semester of my freshman year I took HST110L, “The American Experience.” The professor, Dr. Jones, focussed on the importance of immigration throughout American history.  In the class, we covered topics regarding all different races and ethnicities moving to America. Dr. Jones truly created a sense of  an inclusive American society.

So far, I have learned so much in Dr. Jones class. From the Irish Potato famine to Latin American labor union, the class covered many different forms of immigration. In addition just to the immigration, the class taught us the motives for creating barriers between people, which we know now is a very bad practice. Oppression has targeted many groups of people, and we must ensure that we are being proactive when it comes to protecting the oppressed.

In the present day, leadership MUST be inclusive. We live in a world where people are consistently stereotyped based on their gender, race, or sexual orientation. We must know the history of immigration and the history of oppression to ensure that people in the present do not repeat what had already happened. In America we face the challenge of racism, sexism, and other cultural differences. Taking this class has been eye-opening. Moving forward, it important to continue to preach inclusive leadership. With the conflicts occurring in the world today, we must understand that immigration is going to happen. America will be taking in immigrants.. Or maybe America will not be taking immigrants. Whatever situation arrises within American politics, we must understand as a nation that people over generations have been oppressed. We as Americans need to break the streak of oppression.

Ted Talk Reflection

At the beginning of the Ted Talk, Simon Sinek explains how people in history have been successful in Leadership. Sinek explains that certain people are able to effectively communicate ideas to other people, and explains how the people that are able to do so are special. Typically when delivering a speech to an audience, it is common for someone to start with what, then work into the how, and finally finish with the why. Simon Sinek goes on to explain to the audience that the extraordinary leaders are able to do something that many people cannot do. Instead of going from the outside in, the great leaders can work from the inside out and start with the why and work their way out. The idea of using the why first, how second, and what third is “The Golden Circle.” The Golden Circle has inspired many leaders to use their passions to inspire others to do great in the world. Sinek goes into great detail regarding biology of the brain and how the circle works very similarly to the human brain. Sinek finishes his presentation saying that, “those who lead inspire us, we follow not for them, but for ourselves.” Sinek does a wonderful job of explaining the concept that leaders INSPIRE their followers to do great things, not force them to take part in a plan.

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The purpose of the Golden Circle is to inspire, and prominent leaders do just that. Realizing that the why is way more important than the what is what sets successful people apart from unsuccessful people. In the presentation, Sinek gives an example related to the aviation industry. During the early 20th century, Samuel P Langley was on the prowl to discover the key to controlled flight, however he wanted to do it for the wrong reasons. Langley wanted to make a ton of money off the idea of flight and often went around telling people “how he was going to do it.” The problem with Langley is that he did not have the passion that the Wright Brothers had. The Wright Brothers were ultimately able to beat Langley, a millionaire with many resources, to the solution for controlled flight. Why were the Wright Brothers able to do this? They were able to use their passions to inspire others around them to believe in them and this ultimately allowed them to be successful in the field. The Wright Brothers wanted to bring aviation to all, and share the opportunities with others rather than being selfish like Langley.

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Now What? :Why is the “Golden Circle” important and why is Simon Sinek recognized for his presentation on the “Golden Circle”?  Sinek was able to find a concept that can be applied to many things in the real world. Whether it is in the professional workplace, or in a personal movement or protest, stating a passion and why one does something is way more important than what is being done. As a student studying leadership, it is important to use this presentation as a stepping stone to learning new ideas about individual passions. As a leader, it is important to recognize passions in others and inspire those to act and share those passions with the world. When presenting ideas to my boss or my RSOs here on campus, I will be sure to use the “Golden Circle” and start from the inside when describing what I want to accomplish. It is so important to tell the “Why” rather than the “What.” People do not follow you for what you do, they follow you for why you do it***simonsinek3

A Semester Reflection

As a second semester freshman in the Leadership Institute, I have had some leadership experiences that have transformed me into a better leader. Being only a freshman, I know I still have a lot of space to grow and become a better leader; however, I feel that I have a good start. This year, I have had the opportunity to work within the Leadership on my LEADteam, Grad Ball. In the past I have worked in banquet halls and restaurants, so I am super excited to continue using my expertise to put on a wonderful event. As a member of the LAS family, it is very important to stay connected with the upperclassmen. Staying connected allows students to continue to bounce new ideas off one another.This fall I have also attended Spark Leadership Experience and this event allowed me to learn more about my personal leadership style. Many people are leaders, however, every leader has a different leadership style. By attending Spark, I was able to really get a feel of what type of leader I actually am. Attending Spark also helped me build some of my weaknesses as a leader, weaknesses that I now work to improve everyday. Lastly, I have also been elected to my executive board of my fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and this experience has allowed me to expand my leadership to a new community on campus. Being a freshman on executive board of my fraternity has been my best achievement this year. It is rare that a freshman can come into a large group of guys and have gain enough respect to be elected to a position like that. Moving forward I hope to advance through the positions of my fraternity and continue to make a positive influence on my guys in the fraternity.

In the near future  I am looking forward to joining new clubs and RSOs as well as participating more in my current activities such as Greek Life and the Leadership Institute. Being a Leader on this campus is needed. Student organizations and clubs drive involvement and recreation here at CMU. It is important for me to continue to use my leadership skills to move into other leadership roles that I am not familiar with. As a leader, it is important to always be open minded and to learn new styles of leadership. Throughout the year so far, I have learned to be way more open-minded. Growing up as an only child, I was exposed to a set pattern of thinking. Once I have arrived in college, my ideas and philosophies have been challenged by professors, peers, and advisors. Being so new to college, and honestly being a new leader in a college setting, I have been challenged to change some of my styles and perspectives. As a constantly growing leader, I am constantly trying to better myself. To me, that is what being a leader is. Everyday, I try to become the best leader I can be.