Lessons in Leadership Week 10-Edmond Legislative Delegation

Representative Martinez, Osburn, and Stinson discussed a wide variety of topics pertaining to leadership and civic engagement. What was one of your key takeaways from this conversation, and how can you apply it to your own leadership journey and civic engagement efforts?


  • Cooper Autry

    One of my key takeaways from the conversation with the Representatives was the idea that we need to remember our common humanity; in other words, we are all human beings. As a leader, I have had, and I’m sure, I will continue to have disagreements with others at times. When two or more people or groups of people are passionate about something, sometimes this can lead to disagreements getting very heated. While being passionate about one’s beliefs and points of view is a good attribute for leaders to have, my goal is to prevent that passion from leading to heated disagreements. In terms of recognizing our common humanity within leadership, civic engagement, as well as everyday life, is crucial to progress. Being a leader and being civically engaged requires working with others who have different beliefs and ideas, so instead of refusing to take the ideas of others seriously, it is essential for us as leaders to truly listen and do our best to understand opposing viewpoints, and often the best solution is to find common ground and compromise so that a portion of everyone’s voice can be heard. Additionally, it is important to note that the political temperature in America is increasing significantly right now, with the midterm elections quickly approaching. As leaders who desire to be civically engaged, we must, in the realm of politics, remember the concept of our shared humanity. For instance, just because someone doesn’t agree with me on my stance regarding gun control doesn’t mean they are a bad person; they are still my friend and have dignity and value. As leaders, it is vital that we recognize that the overwhelming majority of people and fellow leaders want what is best for our university, state, country, or whatever the cause may be. Regardless of the path each of us wants to take to pursue this goal, we must remember that, ultimately, we are all on the same team. This mindset is one I strive to carry with me throughout my personal leadership journey and civic engagement efforts.

  • Gracie Barnett

    The lesson that I really took from this conversation was that you just have to put yourself out there. We are all always going to have feelings of doubt and even imposter syndrome but as soon as we take that first step out of our comfort zones the hardest part is over. Although it can be really difficult, we have to put ourselves out there to create the change that we want to see. That is a big part of being a good leader. That is something I know that I need to work on in my leadership journey. I am a pretty quiet person in general and my comfort zone is pretty small. Part of my personal growth as a leader is definitely going to involve breaking those boundaries and learning to use my voice to create change.

  • Chase Sutton

    One key point that I got from the speakers this week is to always have good communication with your leaders and for the leaders to have good communication with their followers. Representative Martinez brought up this point when he was discussing how he wishes that more of his constituents would have better communication with topics that he brings up in the legislature. He described how often times he only gets two to three emails, phone calls, or text messages regarding how he should vote or did vote on bills. Without good communication between leaders and followers it is difficult for the leader to know if what they are doing is best for their followers.

  • Jenna Gaberino

    A key takeaway I noted was when representative Martinez said that leadership can be a learned skill. He said it can sometimes be hard to stand up for yourself and be a louder voice and can even be scary but one day it will come more naturally to you and you will wonder why you were ever intimidated by it. Leadership, like any other skill, can take practice and finding a mentor to help you get involved is a great way to start. They also talked a bit about how when you are with someone who has different opinions than you, it is good to find the similarities between each other to work together more efficiently. It is important to use this in group projects to be a team player and to better understand your teammates.

  • Marissa Bumgarner

    Representatives Martinez, Osburn, and Stinson have a lot of experience working with the community, and a few of the experiences they spoke about are related to many life lessons I try to carry out daily. One lesson that can be challenging to maintain is to relate to people who are much different from you or have opposing beliefs. It is important to remove that barrier because it will be surprising to see how much two unalike people will have in common. The second lesson I try to remember is to give people the undivided attention that comes to you for help and not to dismiss them. Many people are vulnerable when they have to ask for help, so being charismatic and showing that you are there for them was a key takeaway for me. Overall, it is important to be honest, and attentive in every conversation you have and this will lead to more vulnerable relationships in life.

  • Blair Majors

    One of my takeaways from the discussions with the representatives is that you should always verify the information you have received or are sharing. In politics, things can get messy and representative Martinez stressed the importance of always verifying information. I think this is a huge thing in my own personal leadership journey because if I am just hearing things or being told things and I automatically believe them, it could be wrong and negatively impact me in a serious way. It’s always important to handle things in a well maintained way in leadership, and I think a big part of that is knowing what the facts are about a situation before trying to handle it or share wrong information. Civic engagement is one of my biggest interests so it was cool to hear what they had to say about how they became and how they are, as representatives.

  • Ariel Luna

    I loved the part where they said you should look past all the biases and try to find true information when learning about an issue or voting. Too many times people just vote party line because it’s easier than actually seeing what that candidate is about. Also having younger adults vote. There’s a lot of complaining about wanting the world to change but the same old white peoples are voting every time on these issues. We won’t see change until we step up and do something about it!

  • Chloe Falls

    One of the main takeaways from the conversations had during class was the importance of social media when navigating a community and the ability to pursue leadership roles no matter who you are. The three speakers touched multiple times on the significance of the role social media plays in elections and community engagement. This is an important subject to focus on considering how fast social media has expanded. Knowing how to use social media as a resource while pursuing leadership roles can be very useful. I also have been reflecting on Osborns claim that “anyone could be in office”. Each of the representatives made statements about how they questioned the status and expertise of those around them because they seemed to be normal people. This was significant to me because it clarifies the idea that anyone can do any job. After hearing the three speakers that was definitely confirmed.

  • Sheridan Robinson

    The key takeaway was when they spoke on voter efficacy of young students. As a liberal, voting in Oklahoma, I often struggle to feel like my voice matters. However, I found that when I first voted, despite none of those I voted for in the primary winning, I found that being educated on each candidate was extremely valuable. I spoke to my friends, coworkers, and family members on issues that I was educated on, and why I was voting for each candidate. When I was passionate about voting, so did my friends, and I helped them learn how to be informed, the next elections, and why voting is so important. I found voter efficacy important in my leadership journey because when going to the polls, I am an example to the large older community that younger voices do matter, and that we can work together through listening to each other.

  • Emma Martinez

    The biggest takeaway for me was persistence. Representative Martinez talked about his journey to office and how he had lost an election, but that didn’t stop him from trying again even though people told him he didn’t stand a chance. This proved two important points: first, sometimes you have to trust yourself and not rely on someone else’s opinion; second, keep trying until you get to your goal. I can apply this to my leadership journey by not giving up easily whenever there’s adversity, and by trusting my judgment when it comes to important decisions whether academically or personally. When it comes to civic engagement, it can be persisting in advocacy for social or political issues.
    This lecture not only gave me a more in-depth perspective of what politics in Oklahoma look like, but it’s also a reminder that progress isn’t linear, and that failing or stumbling during the process isn’t something bad as long as you are constantly progressing toward a goal.

  • Erin Jaison

    Representative Martinez touched on believing in yourself and how people along the will always discourage you. During his journey in politics he has faced many rejections and failures such as losing an election. People also have told him that he couldn’t run because a person with a last name Martinez could not get elected. He saw all those discouragements as motivation. But the key aspect is about leading is getting back up even with discouragement. You need that motivation to comeback even better, which he did as he got elected later on; a key aspect that I would like to take away and imbed in my leadership. I will have many people telling that I can’t do it because I don’t have the ability to, but I want to prove them wrong along the way and set example for other leaders with self doubts.

  • Kathryn Irwin

    I had many takeaways but, the main one was how much talking and respectfully giving your options truly matters. Many people myself included may find the word and the way its issues are handled extremely overwhelming. It can become easy to feel like one person’s voice won’t make a difference other times you’re scared you’re going to sound like you’re one of the people that is more on the edge of things and that can make you scared to make your opinion known. What the representatives emphasize however as it is important for all of the voices to be heard no matter where are you far in the middle left or right all voices need to be heard. they don’t know who they are representing until they get the people they represent to talk to them.

  • Milana Khaikhan

    Personal business qualities are mostly of the nature
    of the skills and abilities acquired and developed by the leader in the performance
    of their functions. Their importance for success increases at the levels
    of the organizational hierarchy. However, their exact measurement is difficult
    . It has not yet been possible to prove that these qualities are
    crucial for effective leadership. For example, business qualities
    that have made someone a leader in a commercial bank are hardly
    suitable for leadership in a research laboratory or in a theater.
    The theory of leadership qualities suffers from a number of shortcomings. First of all,
    the list of potentially important leadership qualities turned
    out to be practically endless. For this reason, it has become impossible to create
    the “only true” image of a leader, and therefore to lay
    some foundations of theory.
    Secondly, for various reasons, such as
    the inability to find ways to measure many leadership qualities, as well as
    due to the non-recognition of possible differences depending on
    the organization or situation, it was not possible to establish a close connection between the considered
    qualities and leadership and to help the practical
    identification of the latter.
    Summarizing what has been said, we can conclude that an approach that studies
    leadership qualities is undoubtedly interesting, but, unfortunately
    , has not yet brought benefits to practice. However, it served
    as an impetus for the emergence and development of other leadership concepts and
    proved to be a reliable deterrent in the reassessment
    of the behavioral and situational foundations of leadership.

  • Adjoa Yeboah

    One of my key takeaways was the fact that you can put your opinion anywhere, and people will see it and agree with you. Whether it is good or bad, there will always be someone who can view that information and choose to follow it. This can apply to leadership in many different forms. As a leader, you may have controversial opinions about certain things, but there can still be people who agree with what you say. It really just matters on how you present those opinions which can define whether you have an audience following you or not. I think that as a leader we should never forget that we could have people watching and listening to what you say. So, the information that we choose to bring forward should benefit the people that you are leading.

  • Bryce Atkins

    One of my main takeaways from listening to Representatives Martinez, Osburn, and Stinson speak was their emphasis on having open and honest communication with others. They also mentioned the importance of verifying the facts behind all the information that you are exposed to. I feel that these two points are connected because in order for you to have honest communication with others you first have to be informed with factual information. This can be applied to my leadership journey mainly by using communication to relate with others. I believe that good communication is the most important thing for a leader to possess because it helps to build those relationships with others. Without positive relationships, it is hard to lead others because they will not be inclined to agree with your ideas if they do not agree with who you are as a person.

  • Alisyn Dunn

    Something that I thought was very important from the representatives speaking was how accessible they are to the public. I have never really thought about how important it was to present the representatives of our state with issues that are dominant in our lives. As a leader, I think that is is very important for people to feel like they can come to me with any issues that they may have. You cannot lead people if they fear you. Being an open and honest leader is very important and can help with many endeavors in the future.

  • Lily-Marie Fraley

    Something that I took away from the conversation was that everyone are human beings and it is important to relate everyone. I believe that there can be progress for solutions when people treat everyone with respect. Showing compassion creates a positive atmosphere. If more leaders related to people, I believe that there would not be much devision in the world. This is why peace begins with empathy.

  • Lauren Clark

    Throughout my leadership and civic engagement journey I have been very passionate about speaking on behalf of what I believe in. As Representatives Martinez, Osburn, and Stinson touched on during their talk, political divide is a big problem among peers. In order to bypass political turmoil when talking about topics that could be seen as political there are a few tactics that one could use. Instead of just automatically shutting down someone else’s opinion you could hear them out and then speak on the subject. You must also stay strong with your beliefs no matter what others are saying around you. Throughout my years at college I hope to be approachable and hear other sides of opinions in order to better shape my own. The more knowledge one has, makes decision making more informed.

  • Olivia Sander

    “Relate to people on a personal level rather than a political level”. This statement stuck out to me above all else because I believe that as leaders getting to know the person or the situation on a personal level gives you a better understanding of how to handle the problem at hand. I believe that for me personally that if I know a person on a personal level it will help me better serve them as I know what they will need. Being able to put political views out of your mind will help you connect to a person on a deeper level. If you keep that sense of mind while serving it will make you bitter towards the person. Therefore, I will continue to know a person on a deeper level rather than keep my political views in the forefront of my mind,

  • Zach Kernal

    I forget which one of the representatives said this specifically, but all three of them made some sort of comment about how you need to get passionate about the truth. There’s a lot of misinformation or over exaggerations online and in real life and I think they all made really good points about how important it is to seek out the truth and then base your reaction off of that. I think whenever we have doubts about something it’s always so important to go out and seek out the truth. This is especially in both civil engagement and leadership. Before you go out and vote for a candidate you want to be well researched, you want to know if the promises they make will be kept. And as a leader you need to be able to find the truth and be able to adjust to what’s really happening within your group.

  • Isabel Celedon

    One thing that really stuck with me from their conversation was the fact that we are all humans. The main focus of this topic was that even though we may disagree with others and have different beliefs, we should treat everyone with respect. Furthermore, it is not just respect but we should also try and relate to them. I think it is important to push aside differences and try to connect with others to form personal relationships. With this, you could make connections with many more people in communities and businesses.

  • Norah Stephenson

    One of the things that really stuck out to me while listening to the Legislative Delegation was when Representative Martinez spoke about how necessary open and honest dialogue was. He spoke on how we should be passionate, but also logical, especially when hate is a huge motivator in our world. When it comes to applying this advice to leadership, I feel like I need to be more open and honest, which includes vulnerability. I am not a vulnerable person, but I believe that to be a good leader, people need to see the side of me that is human and that makes mistakes. People aren’t going to relate to me if I am not vulnerable. As it pertains to my civic engagement efforts in a world where there is so much hate and division, I hope to listen to others’ ideas, but also to do my own research in order to make good decisions that benefit everyone.

  • Marian Simon Coric

    Martinez, Osburn, and Stinson talked about their policy work. They mentioned the importance of cooperation. The most important point was to listen to each other without judging the other person. Especially in their political work, they meet people who have been elected by the people and who represent the opposite of their own opinion. Furthermore, it can happen that you as a leader sometimes have no answers to certain questions, but before you give a wrong answer, you should investigate. Empathy and understanding are the two most important qualities that emerged from the lecture.

  • Grace Hibbs

    My key takeaway from Representative Martinez, Osburn, and Stinson’s conversation was the importance of participating politically. This was something that my AP Government teacher stressed to us my senior year, however, I never quite realized how important it is on a local level until Representative Martinez said that as little as four emails from constituents a day is actually a lot for them. Even though I’ve voted in every election available since becoming registered, I do remember times when I almost didn’t because my day got too busy and I didn’t want to have to set aside more time for another task. I ask myself if it was really that important because it was a local election. I now understand it’s even more important. Now that I understand that, I’ll plan ahead and make sure I have ample time to go vote for each election, local or not.

  • Eli Payton

    I thought that the most interesting talking point of the day was when someone asked the panel of speakers about voting based on personal views versus the views of their constituency. This was a question I had pondered before, but in the moment I did not think to ask it so I am glad someone did. It is an interesting line to walk between choosing your personal values opposed to doing what you are paid to do. I think the most telling thing was how quickly most of the representatives talked about how they were never in a place where they truly felt they had to choose between the two options. They were all honest to the people they represented about who they are and it kept them out of being in that moral dilemma. The conclusion that this leads me to is that leadership and life at large is easier when you are just yourself. As leaders we should strive to be as transparent as possible and this is a great example of why.

  • Bergen Bailey

    One of my main takeaways from the discussion the legislative delegations had, was that those who oppose you are humans too. While being a leader, many will oppose you or think differently than you. It is always in your best interest to relate to them and be kind no matter what happens. Your enemies will often times grow you as a person and leader more than those you lead. While thinking of civic engagement efforts, you should always consider both sides. The side that wants to help others and be involved as well as the side who does not care. Sometimes, when you relate to others on a more personal level, you can help them feel needed.

  • Sheba Saju

    One of the key takeaways from the conversation from the Edmond legislative delegation on Tuesday was Representative Martinez’s journey. Since he was Hispanic and a non-Oklahoma native, not many people supported or encouraged his journey. They didn’t believe in him just because of his background and of his lack of political experience. However, this gave him more motivation to run regardless because he was determined to prove that he is capable. This was really inspiring to me in my leadership journey because I lack in leadership abilities. I was very surprised when I received this leadership scholarship because I believe that I am the least fitting person to deserve this opportunity as I don’t have many experience in being a leader. Representative Martinez’s words and journey will always be a motivation for me to shine as a leader regardless of what other people or even I believe of myself.

  • Kade Williams

    One of the main things I learned from this conversation was about the political climate. This is seen when they talk about how social media can widely effect the beliefs of people. This is seen mainly in things like Facebook spread in misinformation leaning toward one political party. I also found that it is seen commonly in social situations as well. Many people talk to the same people with the same beliefs and people don’t have challenges or conversations about their belief systems.

  • One takeaway from this conversation is the discussion of sacrificing what you personally want to do for the greater good. This was mentioned when discussing voters’ expectations of representatives vs. what they personally wanted to do. How I would apply to sacrifice personal agenda for the greater good is to remember that great leaders act from aspirations beyond their goal. You are there to help others and lead them. You need to listen to your followers and ensure that you are doing everything in your power to achieve their goals. Before we make decisions we should always take into account who is benefiting and how long will this have an impact.

  • Lillie Taylor

    I am mailing my ballot for the Kansas general election tomorrow and I could not be more excited! This is the first opportunity that I have had let my voice be heard in an election, and the representatives’ emphasis on civic engagement reminded me why the act of voting is so important. I’ve heard many people my age say that one person’s singular vote won’t make any difference in the outcome of an election. However, as the representatives stated, the reverse is true. For example, a Kansas constitutional amendment question regarding abortion was one the 2022 primary election ballot. Voting “yes” would make abortions completely illegal in Kansas (with some exceptions and voting “no” would make abortions legal in Kansas (with some exceptions). Most people thought that the “yes” vote would win since Kansas is very much a “red” state. However, people showed up to the polls and “no” won the vote. Additionally this was one of the elections with the highest turnout of new voters. This example proves that every single vote counts and it can influence policies that change countless lives.

  • destiny ryan

    Something that was said in the presentation that stuck with me was, “Get passionate. Find the truth in what you’re doing, not hate.” It really stuck with me because it was interesting to hear a politician say not to focus on the hate. I feel like, in today’s world, if everyone brings up politics, you instantly think negatively. This connects to leadership because you can go into something thinking about the predetermined outlook or you can create your own. It is important as leaders to try and approach every opportunity with positivity even if everything you’ve previously thought is negative. Same goes for civic engagement. You can think negatively and decide your vote doesn’t matter, or your vote could be a ripple to a wave and vote regardless.

  • Kinesey Sherman

    In this conversation, I learned that it’s critical not to give up. In the course of their conversation, it was mentioned over and over again that they should not run or do such. But they persisted and continued on their journey to fulfill their goals. As a result, they succeeded. The lesson of never giving up can be applied to my own leadership journey. I can continue to lead despite disagreements with my goals because I know what I believe is needed.

  • Abby Harelson

    One of my key takeaways from all of the tips and information that the representatives gave us was something that Representative Mike Osburn mentioned. He told us to relate to people on a human level. I think this is a good example of how many people in the legislature and voices of Oklahoma and other political movements are often very robotic. Sometimes these figures seem not very human-like and hostile. Rep. Osburn made a strong point that everyone is a human being, despite their political and personal views. I can apply this to my civic engagement by always reminding myself that we people are all the same in our likeness to being humans. Everyone leads different lives, and it is important to always treat people with humility, respect, and love, regardless of personal opinions.

  • Ahlaam Elmi

    Representative Martinez, Osburn, and Stinson discussed a wide variety of topics pertaining to leadership and civic engagement. What was one of your key takeaways from this conversation, and how can you apply it to your own leadership journey and civic engagement efforts?

    The one key takeaway for me is know the people you represent . talking to them ,understand their needs and wants. I want to be a leader that is able to speak for their people . i will try to use my voice to benefit the people, in the way they need . i will get involved in advocating for issues important to the people and myself to carryout their voices .

  • Carsyn Cardwell

    One of the key points that I took away from Representative Martinez, Osburn, and Stinson is to remember that the person on the opposite end of what you believe is human too. As a leader, I think it is important to remember that you may not always see eye to eye with everyone you encounter. However, it is important to see everyone as a human and remember that they have feelings too. Treating people humanely and civilly is the best way to resolve conflict or to find a connection between sides. Leaders take the high road and put aside differences to make everyone feel like their voice matters, even when we don’t agree.

  • Breanna Henry

    A common theme shared between Representative Martinez, Osbourne, and Stinson was the importance of being able to listen and try to understand those who share a different opinion. They talked about how being able to approach any situation with an open mind is not only vital to their job as a representative, but is also a quality of a proactive leader. As a representative, they have to make choices for the benefit of the people they are representing, even if that is not the best decision for themselves or something that they necessarily agree with. Through their job, they have met people that have changed how they see things and have left life long impacts on their life. This is true of any great leader, as a leader, you don’t get to choose who follows you and you definitely can’t force them to change how they think, but a true leader can see past any differences and learn from those who they lead. This is something that I have struggled with in the past and have been working hard on recently to fix. I have a tendency to make assumptions about people based on just one of their opinions, which is unfair but is human nature. I wouldn’t want someone to make a snap judgement about me, and I try not to make them about others. I think the ability to lead regardless of who is following you have the most impact of the largest variety of people. Leaders spark change, and how can you make change among people just like yourself?

  • Halle Melton

    One thing I liked hearing from Martinez, Osburn, and Stinson is how they all have different stories and still ended in the same career. They discuss how in their field they work with people of all backgrounds and views but if they have a common goal they can still find ways to get things achieved. You can also tell they are passionate about their communities and doing what they can to improve Edmond. I aspire to do what I can for my community and hope to apply what I can to help my community in any way I can.

  • Jacob McBride

    When reading something, always verify that it is true, you don’t want to get upset over something that may not be true. Always be honest with your peers. Not telling the truth will get you nowhere. Always stay educated on the news and topics that may interest you. I need to work on this aspect personally. Staying educated would definitely improve the way I view the world. The last thing I think would be important is government works best when you are involved, because the best government is one for the people.

  • Jesse Brooks

    One key takeaway from their discussions was about being able to make decisions for a group. that is one thing that I have always wondered how politicians do. It was good to hear insight on how to make decisions in a democratic group you have to stay impartial. They talked about how they had to take their own thoughts and feelings out of it and do what the group wanted and what was best for the group. That goes great for my own leadership as that tells me that to be a good leader I have to be open and able to separate myself from big decisions so that I can do what is best for the group as a whole. It will work well in civic management because that can come down to what works best for the entirety of the group and it means that I can do what’s best by listening and doing what the majority wants in situations that it is warranted.

  • Brynn Coppedge

    My key takeaway from this conversation is “the biggest motivator is hate.” Even though I don’t like to use the word “hate,” I really liked this phrase. I interpret it to mean that if you don’t like something, you should work to change it. I think people are most likely to get involved when they believe that things need to change. I can apply this to my own leadership journey and civic engagement efforts by hearing what people are not happy about and using my position as a leader to make things better.

  • Conner Mclaughlin

    The key thing I took away from the conversation was to keep in mind that you are a representative of the people. At the end of the day if you don’t serve the people who elected you, not only are you much less likely to be re-elected, you have taken advantage of the people who have elected you. One of my goals as a leader is to give back to the people who have invested in me.

  • Ashley Wood

    Throughout the conversation, it was a little hard to pick up on key ideas. They are clearly successful in their own lives but I found it difficult to connect. There was one thing in particular that stood out to me. I can’t recall who said it, but they didn’t mean for it to be nearly as impactful as it was. This goes to prove that everything we say has value. The idea was that “you probably only talk to 100 people on average”. This may not seem like much, but one hundred is a lot of people for one person to talk to. I decided to write out every person I talked to on a weekly basis. Sure enough, I was able to think of one hundred people. I started to narrow it down by highlighting the people I really wanted in my life in yellow. Then I highlighted the people I need to be more intentional with in green. Finally, I highlighted the people I couldn’t imagine my life without in blue. This was a great exercise to make me reflect back on if I was being intentional with my friendships or not.

  • My key takeaway from Representative Martinez, Osburn, and Stinson’s discussion was that it is hard being on the outside of things. I find this to be very true. Being on the “outside” of something means that you aren’t fully involved or fully knowledgable. They advised that we ask questions, and have “those” conversations. That way, we can work our way to the inside. I will apply this to my own leadership by making sure to ask questions and have meaningful conversations in order to get involved and knowledgable.

  • Jackson Mckinney

    I learned a lot from the speakers this last week, but the biggest takeaway for me was that underneath any politics or beliefs, people are still people. Despite having different perspectives, most people are still very similar and can connect with each other despite a difference of opinions. Keeping this information in mind can help me in my leadership journey and civic engagement efforts by reminding me of the importance of connecting with people on a personal level. It is easy to put people in mental baskets based on their opinions, but part of being a leader is trying to break through that and remember that everyone is human. Doing this will give me more empathy for people I don’t agree with, and help me to understand arguments from multiple perspectives to figure out what is best for everyone.

  • Rylee Lindsay

    The biggest thing I took away from the Legislature’s speech is to get to know your opponents. The world we live is can be very divided. The political environment is definitely an aspect of life where opposing opinions can create major conflicts. I personally love politics and it is easy to make assumptions about the opposing party based on the things projected on social media. I think the legislatures helped me realized that even if we stand on opposite sides of the polls, everyone is human. It is so easy to get caught up in the party someone supports and lose sight of the fact that you probably have more in common than you think. I can apply this lesson in my leadership journey by taking a step back when opposing opinions come up in a group and getting to know more about a person than what you disagree on. This will help me lead in a more rational manor.

  • Lane Willoughby

    One thing I took away from their talk was if you get someone mad, they will be more motivated. I have always found myself to be a people pleaser, and it always comes back to get me in the butt. When I heard them say this, I knew I could apply this to my own life and it would make me a better leader. Another takeaway I found myself interested in was people who are on the other side of what you are fighting for are human beings too. Even if they have everything bad to say about you, always have a positive attitude and keep trying to show them your love. I would like to apply this to my life because I struggle with being nice to people on the other team.