COM 461L: Communication in Leadership

COM 461L: Communication in leadership is the last class I will take with my LAS cohort, so it tends to be a little bittersweet. Being a group of leaders in a class discussing communication in leadership might sound pretty easy and self-explanatory, but not necessarily. A lot of the topics discussed in this class comes very easily to many of my peers, but for me I need to take a little more time to find the clear understanding, and I think that is one down fall of this class; it’s assumed we already have a lot of background knowledge to this subject.

Communication is a very important aspect in leadership though, and that’s why I believe this class is so important. To be an effective leader you need to communicate to your followers and peers at all times. One of the biggest parts of this class is reading stories and analyzing them out of the book titled The Leadership Moment by Michael Useem. Each chapter of the book tells a different unqiue story that exemplifies leadership in someway, and as leaders reading the book we have to discuss the negative and positives of the leadership throughout each story. We do this by have participating in a fishbowl activity, which was designed by our professor. She hands out a cards that get passed around the room, and if you get a card with a fish on it you are running the discussion in the center of the room, and if you get a bowl then you are listening to the discussion which will later break off into smaller discussion groups ran by different fish. It a unqiue way to learn and evaluate each story; it’s very beneficial for my individual learning style.

In the beginning of the class we start the semester off by storytelling. Each student in the class had to discuss a time when we were ineffective leaders and what we took from that moment in our life. This exercise help us develop our storytelling skills as a leader; this is an important skill to have to inspire followers, and to get your passions and point of emphasis across effectively. Now at the end of the class this semester we are scheduled to story tell again a time we changed our leadership communicate due to something we learned in this class, and I am looking forward to using my communicate knowledge to practice my storytelling skills once again.

COM 461L is a very useful class, and I have highly enjoyed. Communication is a such a huge part of our lives, especially since my classmates are all Leader Advancement Scholars, we all understand the importance of this class for us to develop as strong leaders in today’s world.






COM 267 Reflection

COM 267 was a debate class that my leadership cohort was required to take for our Leadership Advancement Scholarship. I believe learning how to debate is an important trait to learn to become an effective and efficient leader. As leaders we should be able to stand up for what we believe in and speak our minds when it is important to do so. This class was challenging for me since I am not good with confrontation. But it was important for me to learn how to argue correctly and respectively to state my opinion when I get the courage to do so. Our professor of this class was Dr. Corey Hillman, who is well experienced with the subject of the debate. Though history is important to debate, I believed we focused too much on the past of debate. We should of spent more time practicing actual debate. The class participated in two in class debates, which was the majority of our final grade. Since it was such a huge part, I wish we could of had other times to practice. Though the two debates we did in class were very effective for me personally. I believe COM 267 is a good class for leaders to take.

A visit from President Ross

My Leadership Cohort was lucky enough to have the president of Central Michigan University speak in our leadership class the first semester of our college career. President Ross was our guest speaker, and it was a great opportunity for us as leaders to have such a high powered figure come and talk with us. I truly emphasize the phrase “talk with US”. President Ross didn’t come to our class to lecture us, and give the same speech he gives repetitively. He came to create a conversation with us. First he told us an inspirational story to start, but then it was opened for open conversation to end it. Majority of the class asked him questions about the campus and even his personal life. Some of the questions weren’t easy either. President Ross stayed professional, but also made it very personal. One student in the class was home for family reasons, but she still got to Skype in and talk to him. President Ross truly cares about CMU and the students that attend there. It was an honor to listen to him speak. I will always remember one thing that President Ross said during his presentation; Make sure to always follow your own path. Since he stated that I have been living by that statement everyday. The way he said it just made it seem so important, and it is important! Your life is about making yourself happy, and accomplishing what you want to accomplish personally. It might not always be the norm, but you just have to keep following YOUR path for YOUR own reasons. I am always to worried about others, and forget to think of myself. I need to follow my own path to accomplish my own goals I have set for myself. That little statement President Ross said changed my perspective on life.

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