Week 13- David Castillo

David Castillo addressed consciousness, people-oriented leadership perspectives. Discuss the importance of championing for yourself, but also others and what themes stood out to you that you will be more intentional to develop.


  • Madison Baugh

    David Castillo is an awesome motivational speaker. I really appreciated the phrases that he used throughout his presentation. Championing for yourself is so important as a leader. You can either be your biggest critic or your biggest cheerleader. It is important to give yourself grace and to be proud of the progress you have made. Another theme that stood out to me is that leaders must first learn how to follow. Leaders are not just brought into this world ready to lead. Good leaders must learn from mentors and other great leaders. Like David Castillo said, leaders are here to care for others and add value to the lives that they touch. We must learn how to follow the example of other leaders in order to grow as leader.

  • Savannah Hughbanks

    It is important to champion yourself because you are the only person who can make yourself successful. YOU are the one who can make yourself grow and succeed in life. With that being said, asking for help from others will benefit you even more. Just as others cannot make you, you yourself cannot only make you. It takes the help of others to have personal growth as well. Castillo mentioned that it is important to surround yourself with successful people, to ask for help and guidance, and to remember the teamwork that got you to where you are. Often, we as leaders get it in our head that we always have to be in charge, but if we look to others we can all benefit greatly. This is a quality I need to work on as well.

  • Hannah Morrison

    “A wise person learns from his mistakes. A wiser person learns from others mistakes. The wisest person learns from others successes.”

    David Castillo discussed numerous ways that we can all better ourselves as individuals and as leaders. One of my favorites from his discussion was the idea of how to lead yourself. People that seek accountability and have self discipline are much more prepared to go out into the world and lead. Castillo also made the point about learning to be a good follower which is something I had never heard before. I love how he explained that to lead, one must first know how to follow. When he talked about leaders continuously learning, he mentioned that you must first invest in yourself and make personal growth a priority. This is one thing I struggle with, and after hearing Castillo’s tips on how to work towards a better self, I am excited to dedicate more time towards doing so.

  • Ainsley Bain

    “A wise person learns from other people’s mistakes, and the wisest person learns from other people’s successes,” was a quote that David Castillo opened with. I’ve heard a version of this, and it is absolutely correct. David Castillo had a lot to say about leadership, including many things taught by John C. Maxwell in his books. One big thing that stood out to me was, “no one gets to the top alone,” which is something that some would disagree with. Basically, Castillo meant that people only succeed when they have support. It is important to have a support system, and to have people encouraging you. With that, Castillo said that you can’t forget what got you to where you are now. It is also important to lead yourself, which often can be difficult. Leading yourself requires self-discipline, accountability, knowing how to follow, and patience most of all. One quote about this that stood out to me was, “ a leader never fails, as long as they learn,” and that reframing of situations is so vital into turning roadblocks into stairsteps. I also liked when Castillo said, “if no one is talking about you, you’re not doing anything,” which is kind of like “any media is good media,” ( I suppose). The biggest things that could have been gathered from David Castillo’s presentation was that as leaders we are called to work with people; we must continue to learn and push ourselves to set goals and achieve them and make the world a better place.

  • Destiny Perez

    The themes that stood out to me the most from Mr. Castillo’s presentation were learning follower-ship, and being a more effective leader in the areas in which you immerse yourself in. As he describe the characteristics that help you become more influential it encouraged me to reevaluate my leadership style. His passion for what he is involved in stood out to me and he provided many key tools that I feel will be very applicable as I continue to grow as a leader. In order to be a more intentional leader I could implement the use of taking a greater responsibility for the relationships I have with the people around me as Mr. Castillo mentioned. This would also help me improve on my effectiveness to engage others and help network with others. Lastly, the use of using my own advice more often would also help me promote a more credible perspective in leadership.

  • Callie Hambrick

    David Castillo talked about a lot of different aspects of leadership. Championing for ourselves and others, for example, was one of those aspects. This is an important part of leadership because sometimes we do not have a source of support. We have to believe in ourselves and others; we have to push ourselves and others forward. Sometimes we are the only advocates for our cause, so it is vital for us to stand firm in our cause. One other theme that stuck out to me was that leaders never stop learning. This seems obvious, and it really is. However, we all forget this from time to time and need a reminder. No matter who we are, what we do, and at what point of our lives we are at, we can always learn more. I plan to be more intentional in this aspect by keeping this theme in my mind as a reminder that there is always new knowledge for me to learn and become a better leader.

  • Cassidy Riley

    Mr. Castillo gave us a lot of information, a lot of practical steps to leadership, and a huge theme of his presentation was personal growth. Developing self-discipline, practicing patience, leading yourself, and ultimately raising your lid to do more and be more all centers around the principle of personal growth. This requires ownership, taking responsibility of your words, actions, and development. It’s important that I get a hold of this and act on it now. Discipline, patience, persistence, are not things that are developed overnight. I have to prioritize personal growth so that these qualities are steadily developed in me in a way not-easily uprooted. I will lead better and serve better as a disciplined, patient personal than I will if I dismiss the importance of personal growth and fail to change.

  • Sheridan Luis

    I personally think it is important to champion yourself but to do so it takes a certain amount of courage and faith. Championing yourself requires a good look in the mirror and to be able to lead yourself before you can lead others. Leading and championing another is to push them to be their best self and make them a little uncomfortable so they can achieve great things. One thing I really liked that he mentioned was a boss being employee-centered. He spoke that the boss took time to wish every employee a happy birthday through out the year. I love that because he really lets the employees know that the are valued for their and skills and as a person.

  • Self championing is important for personal development. Being proud of who you are and what you have accomplished will build your confidence, this will help you grow into a more rounded person. It will also help you spread that confidence to others around you, if you surround yourself with confident people it will rub off on you. One of the themes David Castillo talked about was networking. This is something I used to be more intentional with. I got to a point where I wanted to focus more on myself, but building relationships and making connections is very important. A person you run into spontaneously could be a potential future business partner, so making the effort to be social and meet new people is essential.

  • Sydney McDaniel

    I felt it was important how Mr. Castillo stressed that you can’t succeed alone. While some small successes you may be very proud of having done by yourself, always remind yourself that at the very least you had a support system of some kind. Along with not succeeding alone, I liked his ideas of bringing others to the top with you. A common theme between a lot of our speakers is to dedicate time to every single person you come across. This is something I’m going to focus on a lot more as I grow as a leader: focus more on the success of others.

  • Austin Borjas

    For myself I think that being people oriented is the best thing that someone can do. I think as being a leader or team player it is important to embrace diversity and cheer each other on. This reason for this is to bring excellance and inspire others to serve with the same factor. I think that for being a team player it is important to cheer on your team this bring positivity and work productivity.

  • Mide Cassaday

    I think it is important for individuals to have their own sense of intrinsic motivation. If people keep doing things that they love for themselves, whether they are successful in it or not, they will find happiness. When people are in something just for money or the rewards, it takes away from the personal interest or joy of it all. It is crucial that we find the silver linings within todays society, or we could get lost in it’s corruption. David is a business man, and recognized that people usually can’t get by with “just” doing the things that they love because people need to make a living. Although that may be true, we shouldn’t give up on finding time to do things that keep us light and release some of the pressure we get under.

  • Mide Cassaday

    David is a businessman, so he was clear about having to buckle down and “get to business”. It can be so hard today to find time to do the things we love. I think it is crucial that we all find time to do the things we are passionate about. Having a healthy balance between “work and play” is important when you are an adult. Just because you have to make a living doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your time to do so. Everybody needs intrinsic motivation to continue doing well in todays society.

  • Saul Perez

    Being able to be self championing is very important, it shows the ability that you know whats the right thing to do without having to be reminded. A theme that stood out to me was the idea that people quit people, the impact we have on others can be very important in whether the person is going to enjoy their time or hate it. For example, a student might be interested in joining an organization they like what the organization stands for but not the people who run it, the student didn’t not join the organization because of their values but because of the person who is in charge. This idea that people quit people is true and has caused me to reflect and better myself so I won’t be stuck in a situation that is uncomfrtbale.

  • Mikaela Trenary

    David Castillo’s leadership lecture correlated with our semester read, “Emotional Intelligence 2.0”. He focused a portion of his lecture on the importance of championing others in your team, especially if you are in a leadership position. Of all the points Castillo taught upon, “People Quit People, Not Jobs” was my favorite to listen to. Through this point, he emphasized: taking responsibility for relationships, valuing those who work for you, maintaining a positive emotional health and maintaining a teachable spirit. These are all areas I want to grow in, intentionally over the course of my life. Being a leader is first about being a servant. David Castillo’s lecture reminded our class of this.

  • Ashton K Joyner

    A recurrent theme of leadership is and always will be people. Some say that they are the very foundation of leadership. To gain people’s trust and respect, you must first build a relationship with them. Leadership, love, and respect all go hand in hand. Often, to even obtain a leadership one is loved or at least highly favored by the body who elected them. A leader is someone who is also respected or thought highly of. It is apparent to see that relationships are essential in buildings credentials and influence among others.

  • David Castillo discussed the importance of championing yourself and others. It is an important practice because you cannot lead people that are not esteemed, and you cannot esteem others if you yourself are not esteemed. A few of his themes stuck out to me; he spoke of humility and passion. A leader cannot be efficient if he sees himself above those who follow him. A proud man is a poor leader. Also, nothing great was ever achieved without passion. Love what you do, put everything you have into it, and you will have success.

  • Rebekah Clemmons

    Having a people-oriented leadership perspective is necessary for being an effective leader. This is important because a leader that considers himself above the people he leads will never be successful. Humility is key to facilitating loyalty in the people the follow you. Another theme of David Castillo’s that stuck with me was the need for accountability and the learned skill of followship. You need to know how to follow well in order to lead, and you need to stay accountable to others around in order to stay grounded in your leadership values.

  • Mahfuzul Karim

    Anybody can be an leader. One can be a leader by having the character or being conscious. In a broader sense consciousness is so much related with leadership. To be a leader being aware of the surrounding and able to take decisions for the betterment of any kind of situations the society or the community needs. And for people oriented leadership it is necessary for our society and for our life style. By having that character I believe we can build our trust to others and work without fear. By having individual relation with anyone can help a person grow better. For me I prefer to have a people to people relation for championing myself and that would develop anyone in life.

  • Emma Lammers

    David Castillo did a wonderful job presenting to us. He had a very friendly and outgoing personality. I really loved the fact that he used other people to discuss the points he was very passionate about. By doing that it really stressed that these points are important and key to success.
    Championing for yourself, and for others, is very necessary especially when talking about leadership. This is because it shows integrity, genuineness, and trustworthiness. I am much more likely to listen to you and follow in your footsteps if you hold these characteristics.
    I think championing for myself and others is something that I wish to be stronger at. It is a very important aspect to success and leadership and I want to make sure that I hold this characteristic.

  • Tyler Boykin

    Themes that stood out to me consisted of admitting your weaknesses, no one gets to the top alone, and never stop learning or growing. The first theme of admitting your weakness, speaks to me the most, by admitting your weaknesses your enabling yourself to grow as an individual. The second theme of no one gets to the top alone is an important thing to always be thinking about when trying to get to the next level. I know for my major and future profession that networking is very important to being successful. The final theme that stood out to me was never stop learning or growing. This was spoken to us earlier in the semester and has stuck with me. I’m always telling myself to get better as a leader and as a human being and I’m doing that by never staying dormant with who I am.

  • Serah Salau

    David Castillo gave a very good speech on consciousness on Tuesday. He mentioned that you cannot give to others what you don’t have and it really made a lot of sense to me. Before you start developing others, plan on developing yourself first and that is where championing for yourself comes in. It doesn’t mean that you should forget about others and only focus on yourself, No. Build credibility first because after all a leader needs people that he/she is going to lead. This makes him/her to be good example and a role model to others.

  • Karina Cabrera

    Championing for yourself and others is not always an easy battle, but if you ask me, improving the life of only one person makes all the trouble worth it. For that person, you are a hero, a world changer, and a better person than you may have been the day before. I myself am a very strong advocate for mental health. If we do not take care of our mental health, then all other aspects of our lives will be affected and that is why I fight so much for many, especially students to acknowledge their accomplishments. As a leader, I always ask myself “what can I do better?” and at times I fail to realize how much I have done so far. As Mr. Castillo said, it is important to take a step back and acknowledge all of your accomplishments, every difficult obstacle that you overcame, or even something as small as the good deed you did for the day. Self-acknowledgment and self-motivation are two very important traits that will help move you a long way.

  • There are many characteristics that stood out to me but a few that would make me a more intentional leader are: being honest and being more involved in the community. Being an honest leader won’t always work in my favor because sometimes the truth can hurt, but it will always make me a more respectable leader and it is always better to tell the truth because everyone deserves to know the truth. Getting more involved in the community helps me to learn more about the people I am leading and can help me to be a better leader. The knowledge I have gained from being in the community and their diverse cultures would really strengthen my leadership role. These are just a few things that I learned from David Castillo that would make me a better leader.

  • Jerome Brown

    David Castillo spoke about how to lead yourself, hot to handle defining moments and criticism, and much more. Before you can lead anyone else, you have to learn how to lead yourself. If you are not in check and controlling your own life, it can be hard to show others what they need to be doing to grow and develop. Mr. Castillo also mentioned how people achieve success and forget where they come from or what helped them get there. It’s important to always remember what or who got you to where you are and to pay your respect to them. Another big point he made was to practice patience. Having patience might be one of the most important skills in life considering we have to use it almost everyday of our lives.

  • Jonghyeon Park

    David Castillo talked about leadership for people. He did not only say about leadership and he focused on people. We can not learn anything if we don’t do anything. We learn and grow through others and ourselves. endeavoring for people is very important.
    When he talked about how to keep learning & growing, I became to think about many things. He said . “continue to be a learner and invest for yourself.” I am 19 years old now so I think I don’t need to develop more. But the idea was wrong.

  • Mackenzie Sullins

    The point that stood out to me the most from David Castillo was that the toughest person to lead is always yourself. I believe in my abilities to lead others and work with a group very well, but I understand the difficulties in building the confidence in yourself to push yourself to do better. The two points from this section that stood out to me the most were that you need to develop self-discipline and practice patience. It is vital to hold yourself accountable for your actions and make sure that you always do your best to get everything done. It is also important to develop patience not only with yourself, but also with others. You must have patience for yourself and understand that you can’t do everything all at once and understand when you need to stand back from a situation. You must also practice patience with others, as not everyone is going to work at the same pace as you. Just because you finished something first does not mean that everyone else has it all squared away. We as leaders must practice these things, having discipline not only with others, but more importantly with yourself, and having patience with yourself and understanding that some jobs and activities might take longer than anticipated and that’s okay.

  • Emma Childers

    Self-championing can be extremely difficult to achieve, especially if you have small self-esteem. Championing for others has always come a lot easier to me than for myself. To be honest, it was hard to be proud of myself no matter what I had done. However, through different leadership positions and a good support group, I was able to move away from seeking validity and began to be proud of the person I was becoming. Continuing that growth today, I want to be intensional with expanding my perspective beyond the small part of the world that I live in. With a broader perspective, I can make more rounded decisions to help and encourage others.

  • Myawna Moore

    I really enjoyed David Castillo’s presentation and all he had to say. It was really enlightening. When I think of championing yourself and others and what it means I think of putting yourself in the position to succeed. It’s important to champion yourself to so that you have the promise of success in the future, A theme that stook out to me was when he talked about raising your lid. I think it is important to not stay stagnant and to continue to progress in everything I do.

  • Kylee Snell

    David Castillo brought many new aspects of leadership to my attention, but one thing that stood out to me the most was the “Law of the Lid”. When you surround yourself with successful people you are more likely to reach your full potential as a leader. The Law of the Lid states that there is a max on what you can do at this given point in time. You can only rise so far, until you raise that lid by growing in your mental capacity. He gave many ways to go about this type of growth: such as reading, taking classes, asking those around you for help and their opinion, and train new techniques you have learned. There is always room to grow as a leader as long as you are avidly and intentionally searching for ways to improve.

  • Emme Douglas

    It is important for self-growth because you are able to change and achieve better things. Self-growth allows you to move forward and not get stuck in ruts. I think that having growth is important when you want to strive to the top. It is also important for those around you because it creates an environment around you that encourages others to grow as well. Other people can be a catalyst for your growth, and you can be a catalyst for their growth too. If you have been where they are right then, you can give them advice to help them go the extra mile. I also liked the point he made about a leader never fails if they learn. There are times I think I fail, and maybe I don’t do my best, but I do learn. I really liked the positive outlook that brings to keep going.

  • Ashlynn Meyer

    David Castillo came prepared with steps we can actively take to be better leaders. The first thing he brought up was to bring others with you to the top. Success is only worthwhile when you can share it with others and pass it on. Another pointer he gave was to seek accountability and to learn fellowship. He really emphasized the importance of relationships and networking within leadership which I don’t think any of our speakers have spoken specifically about yet. I will be more intentional in seeking mentorship in areas of leadership I will be going into, but also to seek fellowship with my peers when I need help.

  • Zachary Nemecek

    I believe I need to work better on leading for the people beneath me and not just my own ideas. Sometimes it is easy to just get wrapped up in your own ideas and not take others advice. Allowing yourself to see decisions from different view points will enhance your decision making skills. A leader should be a representative of whoever they are above and I want to embody that. Understanding that sometimes other peoples answers are better than yours even when you are in charge of them shows more leadership skills to take their idea than to brush it off.

  • Tyler Garcia

    David Castillo talked a lot about the perspective needed to be a great leader, but what stood out to me most is how much he mentioned being intentional. Ever since I’ve been at UCO, I’ve had a great amount of people telling me to strive towards always being intentional, so it was nice getting to hear that it actually pays off. Over the last couple months, I have tried to be intentional with everything I do and say, and it has worked out good so far. He also said “no one gets to the top alone”, and in today’s world a lot of people make it seem that way. Everyone is so caught up in their own lives, they never acknowledge who got them there in the first place, so that was a very relevant topic that hit home for me. Another quote he used to hit on that same subject was “once you have your success, remember what got you there” and I think that’s a great quote for aspiring leaders like ourselves.

  • brinlee lenochan

    I believe championing for yourself is huge. Self-championing is defined as the ability to root for yourself. I believe this is a theme that I need to improve on because championing for yourself does not require the validation of others to be proud of who you are and what you have done. Which is one thing I believe a lot of leaders forget, make sure you always give yourself a high five.Don’t just worry about pleasing everyone and making sure everyone else is happy, make sure you’re happy. As well as cheering on those around you, be positive. Encourage others, encourage yourself.

  • Charity Lassiter

    Speaker David Castillo spoke about several topics all dealing with who you are as an individual. I believe that championing for yourself is important. How can you lead others if you can’t even take care of yourself. Taking care of yourself as a leader is a necessary component, especially when you are an example for others. His one point of staying grounded really stood out to me through my own personal desire to be humble. Staying grounded ensures that you remember how/who got you to the position you are in. Lastly David’s point of “the toughest person to lead is yourself’ really resonated within me. I constantly strive to grow, but sometimes I can get stuck into old habits. While it can be easy to call others out on their bad traits and help them to grow out of them, it can be quite difficult to do that for yourself. Being a leader means you have to lead yourself too, being constantly aware of who you are.

  • Kinsey Harper

    David Castillo spoke well and had a very interesting powerpoint. He have many tips on how to become a successful leader for your self and others. I think it is important to be successful for yourself as well as for others. It is necessary to focus on your own success and life at times. Castillo focused on this theme. I need to start putting myself first and be my own fan at times rather than putting everyone before me.

  • Pierson Van den Dyssel

    I have always been a self advocate for myself, and that’s what I consider to be championing for myself, as for others I try my best to make sure others are being heard. For example I always let their opinions be said and feel valuable.

  • Brianna Taylor

    In David Castillo’s enlightening presentation, he discussed the importance of developing yourself and others. Encouraging others to do their best and always pushing for self-improvement is a big part of leadership. True leaders wants to see others succeed as well as themselves. To help do this, Castillo recommends “raising your lid”. This theme of self-improvement can be accomplished by surrounding yourself with successful people, constantly seeking knowledge, and asking for help or a mentor. Anyone can practice these tips in order to become a better leader and well-rounded person.

  • Sydney Garrett

    David Castillo did a great job at mentioning many lessons that impact leaders in every situation we face. One of the themes that stood out to me was admitting your weaknesses. As leaders, we sometimes want to act like we have everything figured out because we have people looking at us for help. However, we have to know when we are out of your league and look for a mentor that can help us grow. I recently was elected into a position in my sorority and I know that when I feel like I am not ready for something, I have to be honest with myself and ask for help. It is also very important to fight for yourself and for others. Throughout this year, we have learned how important it is to fight for impactful organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, and many speakers have talked about treating others with kindness. I know that I have to be the biggest advocate for myself and for others. I plan on using this lesson in every aspect in my life.

  • I really enjoyed having David Castillo as our speaker this past week. He pointed out some very true things during his presentation. He said things like “No one gets to the top alone,” and “Leadership is about helping other people grow…” which I believe to be very true. What is a leader truly if they are not there to help their followers grow alongside them.

    Something I would love to work on is “raising my lid.” I want to surround myself with successful people and remove the people that are bringing me down because like Mr. Castillo said, it just takes one person’s negativity to bring you down.

  • Caylee Ralls

    David Castillo did a very good job speaking to us on Tuesday. The theme that stood out to me most was the term he used “raising your lid.” He talked heavily on surrounding ourselves with successful people. I have a very hard time removing people in my life that are negative or not supportive to helping me grow. I try to be too nice and welcoming that sometimes I forfeit my own happiness. I want to be more intentional in surrounding myself with people who build me up. He also said that we shouldn’t be scared to ask for help. We need to have mentors or guides that we go to when we need help. Since I have been at college I have drifted from my previous mentor. It is very hard to stay in touch being so far away. I need to find a new mentor up here to help lead me in the correct way and “raise my lid.”

  • Walker Holland

    Thank you to Mr. Castillo for coming and speaking with us this past Tuesday. Some interesting points were brought up about doing the best for yourself and others. Growth is a very important part about leadership and wouldn’t be possible without learning from others mistakes and successes as well as your own. The key to growing is being intentional everyday looking for any opportunity to become a better person while at the same time knowing your own place.

  • Maggie Turner

    David Castillo discussed the importance of constantly bettering yourself to ensure you are the best version of you to lead others. Another key element Castillo mentioned, was that it is important to ask for guidance when you’re dealing with an area that you are not an expert in. When you are a leader you are expected to know a lot but being aware of your weakness is important to being a well rounded individual. Personally I know that I am not very creative. I am better at figuring out a plan and making it happen, not coming up with the original idea. I understand that and am able to then surround myself with creative people.

  • Remy Young

    Throughout David Castillo’s talk, he continuously brought up the themes of unity and having/needing others to help you lead well. His number one point was “No one ever gets to the top alone.” I think as leaders we need to be constantly reminded of this truth or else we can stumble into a position of pride and a mindset of only needing ourselves. I, of course, am no exception to this and I often need to be humbled in my leadership. I believe through this idea that everyone needs people to love and support them, we, as leaders, can be our best selves possible.

  • Shelby Denney

    David Castillo had some very interesting points following his presentation of what made a successful leader and what we can do as future leaders to invest and growth ourselves. One theme that greatly stood our to me was the need to be intentional with communication with other leaders. He encouraged us as young leaders to grow in our communication with those around us and to make time in our busy schedules for even the “little people”. Many leaders who are successful are busy because of their nature, but when they make time for those who may need help or have a need and serve them it creates an even better leader. Furthermore Castillo touched on the point of leading those around us to reach for greatness and to avoid positional leadership. It can be easy for us to become egotistical and use our position and titles to gloat. But it is only when we use our positions as leaders to help those around us that we will truly become a better leader.

  • Dawson Rose

    David Castillo had a very interesting perspective on leadership. He is trained in John Maxwell’s leadership ideals. During his presentation he discussed the importance of defending yourself. Staying true to who you are, and keeping your core values makes anyone a great leader. Great leaders are also amazing followers. Mr.Castillo discussed this in his presentation and this resonated with me. Sometimes leaders are not the people at the top or in the spotlight. You can be a leader in every position your in. As a person,employee, child, and Broncho.

  • Heather Maker

    David Castillo taught us many different leadership styles, one of them being the keys to leading yourself. In this topic he gave us brief guidelines to follow to help better understand the necessities of “championing for yourself” including: developing self-discipline, seeking accountability, having a plan for growth, learning follower-ship, and practicing patience. During this lesson he also mentioned to us the “Law of the Lid”. This lesson stood out to me because I have never heard someone mention it before. I have always heard, “Grow and Be Better”, but sometimes you do hit that “ceiling” whether it be academically, professionally, or in relationships. To help raise the lid people should participate in:
    1) surrounding yourself with successful people
    2) remove the people that are bringing you down
    3) study, read, and train to better your skills
    4) ask for guidance
    “You can’t give out what you don’t have,” is one of the most important things I learned from this lesson. Most of the time as leaders we think of the best way to better others, but sometimes forget that we, ourselves, must also become leaders of our own lives. I loved listening to David Castillo speak, and I even have a few books to add to my collection!

  • Gavin White

    David Castillo talked about one of the best leadership writers in history, John Maxwell, and it was great. One of the things that he spoke about was networking in general, but most importantly, surround your self with the best people. This is a practice that I have tried to do in my own life. This is a tough process because you can get attached to toxic people. The best thing you can do is cut those people out and surround yourself with people that want to succeed and see you succeed. For me, this was the number one theme.

  • Seth Harriet

    Mr. Castillo gave a great presentation that touched on a lot of character trait and important matters. Standing up for yourself and others can be done in an assortment of ways. For me the best way to do this is to determine what I really think is best, standing up for yourself when you realize your way might not be the best way is not the optimal scenario. The way to stand up for yourself is to fight for what is right and not what the guy in charge of you says is right. Mr. Castillo touches on this in his presentation, he compared this to voting for the school board and how he always voted for what he believed in and not what one group or the other voted on. One of the things that Mr. Castillo discussed in the presentation that stood out to me was self-discipline, I strive to become a master at this one day. He mentions ways to help improve your self-discipline in the presentation as well. He mentions that you need to seek accountability, this will allow you to have someone else to keep you honest. He talks about practicing patience as well; I enjoy this because I believe that there is a linear relationship between patience and self-discipline.

  • Riley Bishop

    I was really impacted during David Castillo’s speech when he discussed self-leadership. Which is an aspect of leadership not many others in our series have focused on. Castillo said in his speech “the hardest person to lead is yourself.” This is something that caught my attention specifically, we as leaders always try to focus on leading others, but if we cant lead and motivate ourselves, how can we expect to do so for others? Self-leadership is definitely what i will be working on improving from here on out.

  • Mason Rasmussen

    David Castillo gave a very good lecture where he stressed the importance of championing yourself. It is so important in life to fight for yourself and do what is best for you. At the end of the day, it’s your life and you must choose to do what will benefit you the most. However, Castillo also talked about the importance of developing follower-ship. Learning to be a good follower is just as important as learning to be a good leader. He also stressed how important it is to be patient in the workplace and in life in general. Castillo gave a great lecture that had many key points in it.

  • Tyler Owens

    Personally, I struggle with championing others for their victories as much as I champion myself. I am a very supportive person and love to see my friends succeed, but I also have an internalized inferiority complex which makes it hard for me to champion others without trying to champion myself simultaneously. One of the strongest themes that stood out to me from David Castillo’s presentation was that of teamwork; how you have to work as a team in order to accomplish a goal, and good leaders are also good team members. If your followers don’t respect you as a teammate, they won’t respect you as a leader. This, among other themes, helped to emphasize the concept of championing others as much as you champion yourself, and it is most definitely something I plan to internalize and work on myself.

  • David Castillo discussed many different aspects that are important to leadership. One of the biggest takeaways was championing for yourself. This means to do things to improve yourself. This means that anything you do, do it for yourself because at the end of the day you have to be the kindest to your own body to keep your mental state in check. I take this as not to be selfish but to improve yourself to the point where you can lead others effectively. This theme ties into some other lessons David was trying to teach us; such as patience and knowing when to take and give criticism. He explained to only give criticism to where it will benefit the person you are giving to. This is also similar to taking criticism. Be selective with receiving criticism. Sometimes you really have to think if they are credible enough to give you criticism and decide if they are being hurtful or critical.

  • In David Castillo’s lecture on people-orientated leadership and consciousness, he talked about championing yourself and how the people you surround yourself with affects you as a leader. One point he addresses is the importance of self discipline. Many times you go through obstacles and changes that may be hard and no matter what you must discipline yourself to realign yourself and overcome them. You also must hold yourself accountable to your own responsibilities. Another important point he addresses was learn from other people’s successes, and grow from it. We must not only account on ourselves but the people around us. We must see their ideas, and options and sometimes that means following them. Overall Castillo did a great job presenting how to grow yourself in being a good leader.

  • Erynn Coppedge

    David Castillo gave great tips on being a leader. It is important to recognize your strengths and use them to the best of your ability in your leadership, but without recognizing others, one cannot truly be a great leader. No leader is perfect but other leaders can step in where one is lacking. David Castillo said that the hardest person to lead is yourself, but it is good to find others who will hold you accountable. He also pointed out that nobody gets where they’re going alone, and said “a leader never fails as long as they learn.” I think these are great points that can help keep a leader humble, which will help the leader make a difference in the long run. Being real is one of the main points from David Castillo that stuck out to me, and it is important to remember that leaders don’t have to be perfect, they just have to keep working on making themselves better, and sometimes other people are what helps that happen.

  • Sarah Huhman

    David Castillo brought up many valid points with ideas and themes concerning leadership. The one that stood out to me the most and is one i want to further championing for yourself and others. In leadership you are not only using your voice for your own benefit but you are doing it for others. While its good to have validation from others, being able to validate yourself is just as important. Because you will not impress everyone you come across so you cant depend on others to validate what you have done. You must know yourself. With that being said it’s also important that we do validate others to give them that feeling of pleasing someone. But we should be able to help teach them along the way how to find validation in what they’ve done.

  • Carson Clay

    After listening to David Castillo, I learned a few good tips on how to be aware of your surroundings. He stated first that you must get to know your co worker, peer, or what ever the person may be. Second you must adapt to his or her type of work. Even if your feelings are not the best. Third, you must take a job and complete so the work shall be combined to make the successful end result that you want. Finally, once the work is finished be humble and ready for the next task to bet done. Never settle for anything or even after accomplishments. I think he brought a really good message considering the crowd he presented too.

  • Alexxa Lewis

    David Castillo brought a very positive message throughout his speech and emphasized the importance of having a sense of consciousness throughout one’s leadership roles and duties. A lesson I learned when I was growing up was that it is always important to love yourself and self-champion, no matter what the circumstances. Even though you may be failing or not at your full potential, remembering your self worth is key. Castillo mentioned many times how strong he was in his faith and how he didn’t let anyone tell him differently. I believe standing up for yourself and staying strong in where you come from can help your leadership skills, as well as people skills.

  • Mykal Sanchez

    It is always important that we realize the significance of valuing and respecting everyone and everything we come into contact with including ourselves. Oftentimes it is easy for us to put others down and ourselves down but both are counterproductive to the work that is so important for leaders to uphold, which is to empower and grow those around us something that Castillo touched on. One thing that I personally need to work on is actively making an effort to comment on people’s successes and acknowledge them verbally instead of keeping it in my thoughts. This also goes for myself, recognizing my successes and taking a moment to celebrate them instead of breezing over them and not acknowledging them.

  • Kameron Kimball

    I feel before being a great leader you first have to be great with yourself. Because if you are not good with yourself, how can you do good for others? Some of the themes that were covered that I really liked were self discipline, accountability, learn followership and practice patience. Self discipline is important to be a great leader but also being a successful person. Then accountability is very important in just about everything you participate in. Holding others accountable is important, but holding yourself accountable is even more important. lastly something he said that stuck with me is don’t learn from mistakes, but learn from success.

  • I think David Castillo made a very important point when he says to be people oriented. Being intentional with the people around you and the relationships you are building is a very valuable piece of advice. While it is extremely important to champion yourself, it’s far more important to invest in the lives of others as a leader. I believe by doing so you can grow in skills such as understanding and being open minded to the views around you. I thought this was a very wise way of looking at a leader. Being able to put others before you and to lead them well.

  • The leader have to be positive and confidence. If a leader do not believe myself, who can believe leader? The leader should have his own clear thinking and opinion so that I can walk straight firmly. And I believe that leader is not born, but leader is made via training. So respecting each other is really important I think. I can learn from other people and I can look back my own self. Through this training, we can grow as good leader.

  • HwiYeol Lee

    David Castrillo gave me an impression through the lecture. I like what he presented “The choices we make in critical moments help to form us and inform others about who we are”. It describes what we need as a leader and a good skill to make a decision. And then, his perspective of leadership was a little bit different from what I had been thinking. He highlighted developing myself for leadership.

  • Lauren Berry

    David Castillo enforced the idea that you must put yourself first before you serve others. This idea is reflected in the quote in the form of a question: “How can you begin to serve others if you can’t serve yourself?” By focusing on improving yourself, you will be able to improve others. This also ties in with the skills Castillo enforced. One of the core skills was to adopt the law of signifigance . The law states that one cannot learn without others. By adopting this law, it will help encourage self growth by allowing input from the outside, and by adapting to a curious mindset.

  • Abby Wright

    David Castrillo talked about the value of championing for yourself. I believe this is an important value. As a leader you must be able to believe in yourself in order to believe in others. He also talked about accountability. I believe this a big part of leadership, you must be dependable so other know that you are a reliable leader. Overall Mr. Castrillo touched on some very important points on valuable qualities as a leader that are always helpful to hear.