During his presentation Dr. View discussed many important themes including relationship building, listening to yourself, and finding your own best fit to name a few. Which point from Dr. View’s time in class resonated with you the most, and how do you plan to implement that into your leadership journey moving forward? (The point you select does not have to be one of the three listed above).
Dr. View talked about listening to yourself and trying to figure out where you think you want to go. Those two points stuck out to me the most and definitely made me think about how I can apply it to my leadership journey and even life in general. I do struggle with worrying about meeting people’s “expectations of me”. In reality, everyone in my life will love and support me with whatever I choose in my life, but it’s that fear that Dr. View talked about that cripples me from pursuing my passions. I can continue to work on my self-doubt and redirecting to reaching out to my peers and advisors about my dreams and goals!
One point from Dr. Views presentation that really resonated with me was the importance of listening to yourself. During this time in life, I find myself committing to a lot of different events and organizations without considering how this pressure will effect my well being. As leaders, it is very important to know when its time take a step back. Being able to ask for help as a leader can seem daunting but once you understand the importance of leaning on those around you in times of need, it is much easier to succeed. I have found that listening to myself and the feelings I have has helped me a lot in stressful situations.
I think an important lesson he mentioned was to not only represent your beliefs and whatever group you are a part of but to represent yourself separately as well. What you project into your community can be a reflection of how people see you so it is good to make sure you are representing yourself accurately. It is great to find a community or group that you resonate strongly with but it is also important to identify yourself as an individual. I plan to use this in my leadership journey as I find more groups to be a part of and to put my all into. I can be a part of a group that I love but still find ways to project myself as a leader apart from that group.
One of the points that Dr. View made that really resonated with me was the importance of relationship building. To me, one of the most important things in life is the relationships we have with the people that we share our spaces with. Being able to build those relationships and bonds with the people around us helps us to stay grounded and provide support when we need it. Another thing that Dr. View said on the topic of relationship building that resonated with me a lot was, “Know the people, Know the space, Know what will make others respond.” I think that knowing people well and knowing the space you’re in, is one of the top leadership qualities that someone can possess. When I think about how I can implement these words into my own leadership journey, I am reminded about how the best leaders I have had in my lifetime were ones who knew me well and knew the importance of what we were doing. I think that being intentional with my relationships and intentional in my leadership roles can help me implement those better relationship building skills into my leadership style.
The point from Dr. View that resonated with me the most was how he talked about finding your own best fit. Throughout my life, I have always been encouraged to blaze my own trail, to find my own interests and passions, and to pursue them. In terms of being a leader, I believe this sense of uniqueness is incredibly important. This uniqueness, in a way, comes to light when looking at the different strengths we each have individually as leaders. For instance, my top strength from the StrengthFinder Exam we all took earlier this semester is “Achiever.” In essence, this means I am very goal driven and like to accomplish things. What I have learned throughout this semester, my first semester in PLC, is that it is important to be authentic as a leader, to find room for growth, but ultimately to bring to the table my true strengths, and by doing so, the outcome in any given situation is typically much more successful. Moving forward, I plan to take Dr. View’s message of finding your own best fit to heart in terms of my leadership journey. Ultimately, I aim to continue to prioritize being authentic as a leader. If we all strive to thrive in our uniqueness as leaders, together, we can accomplish great things!
I think what resonated with me the most truly was listening to yourself. Sometimes I fall into doing what I think others want and expect of me rather than doing what I feel is best for me. I would like to be able to say yes and no to things and know that I am saying it because that’s what I want. I think following what I desire is harder than most would think especially as someone that searches for validation through others (which is also something I need to work on). I think overall, moving forward, I need to listen to my wants and desires more often. I don’t need to always have a reason behind those wants either. Sometimes it’s okay to just want something and follow it. I would like to prioritize myself moving forward.
The theme that stood out to me the most from Dr. View’s presentation was that we must build relationships with those around us. Relationships have a huge part in how a leader leads. If a leader has a poor connection with their followers, it makes it hard to be able to lead properly. Another reason that I think relationships are important is because without a good relationship between a leader and their followers the followers will always question the actions of the leaders.
My favorite thing that Dr. View talked about is finding your best fit. We talk so much about mentors in this class which is a great thing, but we can’t always listen to everything they say. It is great to have a mentor and someone to help guide you. However, we can’t succeed if we just do whatever other people tell us to. Growth is so important; to grow, we have to know ourselves better than anyone else. It is so important to choose our own path and not focus on what others think. I feel that I already implement this in my own life. I am a futuristic person so I am always thinking about my future and I always have a plan. Of course, I have people who help me along the way whenever I need help, but I always do what is best for me and I don’t settle for what they think I should do. In terms of my leadership journey, I plan to continue implementing this theme throughout. I am the only person who knows the best way for me to grow as a leader. I have to be the one in charge of my journey and I have to know my limits and the best ways for me to be a good leader. No one else can make those calls for me.
The point that Dr. View talked about that hit me the hardest was listening to yourself. I took this to heart because there have been times in the past I did not speak up because I did not trust myself and refused to listen to the part of me that wanted to share my idea. There have also been times where I feel like I did not accomplish as much as I could have in certain situations because I refused to listen to myself fully. My inner voice would tell me to do x,y and z but I would only allow myself to do action x and I would regret not fully sharing my ideas. I have been better at listening to myself and trusting what I tell myself and sharing my ideas to others around me as a leader. I know I still have a lot of improving to do in listing to myself but I can definitely tell the improvements I have made just in a short amount of time now that I have started listening to myself.
The point Dr. View made that stood out most to me was to find your own best fit. I feel like I haven’t heard this piece of advice often. I have heard “be yourself” many times, but when he mentioned that you need to make your own place, it really made me think. Creating a place for yourself and others like you seems like the best way to really be yourself. You don’t have to conform to anyone else’s thoughts, opinions, or interests, you can make your own. I feel like at times I forget to be my own person because I want people to like me, but leaders need to be 100% authentic because that’s how they connect with those around them. Finding you own best fit can also relate to building relationship because you can connect with other peopole who are also finding their best fit. There is strength in number, and you can create a stronger impact when you find people that fit in with you.
I loved how Dr. Johnson discussed finding your own fit. I have struggled with figuring out what I want to do with my life. Once I got to college I realized that it is okay to not know what I want to do yet. As long as I am still doing the things I enjoy, going to class, asking people about what they do, and just keeping my eyes open while I keep moving forward and growing, I will find my place. It may not look like others. My job many not be something as clear cut as astronaut, baker, lawyer, or manager. Many times the best fit isn’t the first job. It isn’t the first partner, or the first friends. But with everything that we do we learn and grow and that prepares us to seize the opportunity when the ‘best fit’ comes along. This was a good reminder to have and it is just making more excited to walk down my own path, wherever i chose for it to lead.
While listening to Dr. View and the many points he made, I had a few that resonated with me. During his presentation, he made it clear on how he faced adversity and overcame personal struggles like stress and anxiety. One of the points he made was that we can’t let fear and anxiety dictate our lives. It is inevitable that we will all face fear, stress, and anxiety at some point, but it’s important that during those trials we have to overcome the stressors. Dr. View also mentioned that anxiety can be utilized for checking your ego. As a leader, it is vital to stay humble even if sometimes we aren’t recognized for our accomplishments.
I think the point that Dr. View made that resonated with me the most was staying true to yourself. Seeing how he spoke so affectionately about his background and where he comes from was extremely inspiring. It takes a lot to be able to remember your roots and know how you got to where you are today. As a leader, I should never forget where I came from because it is a great reflection of the person that I am today. Leading others should not always rely on the future and what it entails, but it can also be about your past and what you learned from it. No matter how many pushbacks I have faced, I am very proud of the person that I am today, and I can only attribute that to where I came from.
The ability to listen to yourself, the ability to recognize and identify your emotions is the first step to understanding and acceptance.We simply do not know how (or do not want) to use it due to misunderstanding or constant haste somewhere and for some reason. Where and why, there is also no time to answer. And life passes somewhere by. Where?
The one who works tirelessly on himself, who shows love for himself and the world around him, he successfully learns the truth, using his intuition to the fullest. This is working with yourself. It is necessary to change your thinking in order to change your life for the better. By changing our thinking, an epiphany comes and we successfully move to a level above ourselves such as we are now. This is growth! We start to change and everything changes.
For me, what resonated the most was listening to your own voice. I admit I’m a people pleaser because I believe that when it comes to making big decisions, everyone affected by it should be ok with it. However, this has affected me because I usually go against what I believe is right to please someone else.
As a leader, I’ve realized I won’t be able to please everyone. Moving forward, I plan to stand my ground more, but still keep an open mind to other opinions.
There were many good topics that Dr. View discussed. I found the most valuable lesson to be listening to yourself. Although he studied health and exercise science, he listened to himself to make music. It was important for me to listen to myself when choosing my major. Leadership also requires listening to yourself. You cannot be true to your values or ideas about leadership if you do not listen to yourself.
The point that resonated with me the most from Dr. View’s talk is the point that he made about finding your own best fit. He really emphasized the importance of ensuring that you place yourself in an environment that is beneficial to you and others around you. I think that most of the time we do this without even recognizing it or setting out to do it in the first place. Some examples of how we do this as college students include joining organizations that align with our beliefs, choosing friends that have the same values as us and can help us grow, or even simply choosing a major that we are interested in. Being intentional about these choices now will help to better set up our lives in the future. I plan to implement this idea into my leadership journey moving forward by ensuring that I am in environments that help me to grow as a leader and removing myself from any situations that might be harmful to my future.
Dr. Stevie Johnson gave a lot of valuable lessons he had learned through the course of his life and how those lessons played into the person he is today. Listening and finding the best fit for yourself resonated with me and was something I struggled with in high school. Many people go through an identity crisis at some point in their lives and it can be so helpful to listen to your inner self. It can be exhausting trying to be someone that everyone else wants to be and living up to extremely high standards. I am a people pleaser so it is hard for me sometimes when I am not doing the best that I think I can do, and I constantly think I am letting people down. College is a great time for someone to find the person they want to be without fear of not meeting their peer’s standards.
“Can’t change the world if you’re not taking care of yourself”. I resonate with this a lot because I have always wanted to change the world in a positive way. I used to believe that taking care of myself was selfish and that I need to put others first to make a difference. Now I highly disagree with my own statement. Being mentally well is so important in leadership because it allows you to be able to take care of the person you are serving while also being happy and willing to do it. I continue to take care of myself by taking breaks and think about what I am doing and if I can do it well. I make sure to take care of myself before I can properly take care of the people I am serving and leading.
The theme that resonated with me the most is the theme of listening to myself. I think that when it comes to making important decisions it is important to listen to what you want also. It can be easy at times to ignore what you want in pursuit of trying to help others, which makes it easy to neglect yourself. This makes it difficult to appreciate the work you are doing for others. Leadership needs this skill in order to make any project become successful.
What stuck with me the most was his saying to not find where you fit in, but make yourself somewhere to fit in. This resonated with me because I relate to it at the moment, being in college, and struggling to find groups I want to be involved in and the friend groups I want to stick with and create. In my leadership journey, I hope to implement making somewhere to fit in with the groups I join and lead in. I’ve always struggled fitting in, such as in high school band, I felt different and out of place at times with my anxiety at that time. However, I created a space I could fit in through finding friends across the band, making connections, being confident and happy with myself, and becoming a leader for my clarinet section. Now in college, I will strive to not fit in the groups I join, but instead impact them with strengths I possess, creating my place and hopefully leaving a legacy.
It would be finding your best fit, especially in college. In college, everyone is trying to find their own way and how they want to approach things and during that progress, you’re gonna hear so many things about what you should and should not do. Yes, you would want to listen and seek advice but that does not mean you have to follow everything that person does. What works for one person does not work for another. I think in leadership it really is implemented because you work with new people and ways that you’re not used to and you have to learn that not everything will go your way, especially when someone is used to something different. Finding that rhythm that is suitable for you, not only helps you but as a leader, it helps your peers navigate their way through to find their own way.
Although the three themes mentioned in the question are important, I am going to talk about a different one that was mentioned. Dr. View mentioned that in finding yourself and finding where you belong, you must utilize your abilities. This resonated with me the most because you can go farther than you expected in life when you are doing what you are capable of and good at. Furthermore, I think pushing yourself outside your comfort zone and trying new things also helps in the aspect of leadership. Lastly, he also stated to live for yourself, not for others, and this is so true because you will not be able to grow as a person and leader if you are always looking for other people’s approval instead of focusing on yourself.
Something that Dr.View said that stuck out to me was listening to yourself. Personally, I listen to others more than to myself. I put others first before myself. Ways I could listen to myself is to have positive thinking and having confidence in my thinking. Having these qualities can positively impact my leadership growth.
I think the point that Dr. View made about listening to yourself was one of the more important ones he mentioned. I have experience with struggling to listen to myself. Back in high school, when I was in student council, I would only listen to others and care about what they thought about me. This in turn made my leadership style more reserved and less up front. Over time I learned that listening to myself and not others is sometimes better not only for you and a individual but also the group as a whole. Listening to yourself allows for growth. If you listen to others and then something goes wrong or not how it was supposed to, you don’t learn too much. In turn, if you listen to yourself in certain situations and then something doesn’t work out, then you can realize what happened and change things personally to do better next time.
Dr. Stevie Johnson has created such an inspiring life for himself led through activism for what he is passionate about. Many themes throughout his talk resonated with me and I will continue to look back on them throughout my leadership journey. The theme that stuck out to me the most was that you should let the things that empower you control your life. I believe that by implementing this rule into my future that I will become the best version of myself that I can. Although I am still finding myself and what I am truly passionate about I believe that if I can find my fit in the community, quality of life will be the best that it can be. So, by trial and error as well as trying many different things, I will find what empowers me and use it to thrive in the future.
The point of “listening to yourself” resonated with me the most from Dr.View. I have terrible anxiety and I often overanalyze situations. I constantly think negatively and those thoughts have contributed to failure. Our mindset is crucial to our actions and our moods. I need to learn to live in a positive attitude to alleviate stress and help others in my leadership journey going forward. I have to have more compassion for myself and trust my gut. I know when a situation is not fulfilling me and I must trust that. Gut feelings are predications based on experience. Learning from the past and trusting myself to move accordingly is very important. Life is too short to not take risk.
The points that Dr. Stevie Johnson talked about are lessons that are vital for life.
Although everything mentioned was of value ,the one thing that resonated with me was finding your own best fit .knowing that everyone can’t be the same and that everyone should find there own thing that makes them unique. so knowing yourself and how you want to lead is crucial, while also knowing that you have influence on society.
The point that resonated with me the most from Dr. View’s presentation was spoken on during the Q&A portion: to work through anxiety/fear and not let it dictate you. The reason this resonated with me so much is that it’s something I personally struggle with. I’ve spoken about my issues with confidence in past blog posts, and it’s something I’m still working on. I’m happy to say that I’ve had victories every now and then and have become more comfortable speaking to new people on campus, but I still let it control me sometimes. I’m aware that a good leader has confidence and that is why I plan to continue to work through my anxiety/fear moving forward. I’ve become more comfortable in my organizations, specifically Tedx, with voicing my opinions and it truly all came from faking it until I made it. Knowing that other people, especially someone as accomplished as Dr. View, have struggled in the same way I have with this makes me feel better and that I, too, will reach a point some day in which I don’t struggle with confidence anymore.
The point that resonated the most with me was when Dr. View detailed how he had to bring 50+ artists together to make his album. This resonates with me because funny enough, I see a lot of parallels between this and having to manage egos in coding projects. Software developers often like to think that they are the smartest people in the room and it makes for trouble in coding group projects. One programmer can code a complete application that runs a system perfectly, but their code is often so unreadable that anyone trying to help them add onto or edit their software is hopelessly lost. I see a similarity between this and Dr. View’s own struggles in bringing artists together. I would have to imagine that certain artists were persistent on doing things their own way because it had worked in the past, and Dr. Johnson had to convince them to conform to the group’s vision. This concept of balancing egos by stimulating buy in for a bigger purpose is something that we as leaders are often tasked with doing. By focusing on this dynamic now, I hope that in the future I can apply my observations and be a better leader.
One of Dr. Stevie Johnson’s points that most resonated with me was when he said that perfection is an allusion. He said that we need to recognize what is real and to let our values drive us, not perfectionism. I have always been told that I am such a perfectionist and I have always found trying new things or failing to be extremely uncomfortable. Recently I have been trying to get rid of my perfectionist tendencies, whether that be learning a new skill, talking to people I don’t normally talk to, and not seeing my grades or how others see me as the source of my value. I am trying to see failures as a way of learning and improving.
One point that Dr. View discussed that resonated with me the most was how anxiety can sometimes be an ego. I believe this is especially true in our leadership journeys. Albert Ellis, a very famous American psychologist, defined ego anxiety as “emotional tension that results when people feel that their self or personal worth is threatened, that they should or must perform well and/or be approved by others, and that it is awful or catastrophic when they don’t perform well and/or are not approved by others as supposedly should or must be” (Ellis, 2003). I have felt this several times throughout my personal leadership journey. For example, I constantly felt this emotional tension when I saw better leaders than me in my community. I felt like I had to meet their standards and set high expectations for myself in result. However, I have learned over time that one person is not a better leader than another. Everyone has their own interests and passions. In other words, every leader is unique in their own way. I don’t have to be a better leader than anyone; I can be a good leader using my values, interests, and passions.
The part that resonated with me the most was finding your own best fit. Finding where you fit best allows you to become the best version of yourself. I want this because it will allow me to be passionate about what I’m working with and it will allow me to be confident in who I am and where I am. I plan to implement this in my leadership journey by trying new things and listening to what resonates with me. I can’t be afraid to try new things because that could keep me from my purpose in life. The only way to find that is by listening to my heart and my instincts while I’m trying to find it. Plus a great leader helps others find their purpose in life and to do that it’s a lot easier when you know what it feels like and how you got there so you can be a good example.
Dr. Johnson had many amazing points. He is incredibly brave and resilient. The part of his presentation that I most connected with was the ideas surrounding leading your own life. Dr. Johnson is the perfect example of what it means to have balance in life. He didn’t let other people make his choices for him and created his own person. He also acknowledges that he cannot lead anyone else in their journey. He is honest about the fact that everyone has their own struggles and strengths. I have struggled with allowing outside opinions to control my decisions. I was always judged for my passions and followed them in secret. When I took the time to think about my life and the future that I wanted for myself, I realized that I am the one in control. As a leader, you have to be able to self-reflect and adjust to your environment. This is an essential part of leadership. I cannot put into words how empowered Dr. Johnson made me feel. People don’t understand how much value their words hold. For me, hearing that what I have been thinking to myself for so long was extremely reassuring. He is an excellent leader, likely in more ways than he knows.
The idea from the speaker that I took most to heart was relationship building. I think that networking and having those connections can get you really far. You never know who ro what someone may know and building those relationships can open a lot of doors for you. In leadership, you may need someone to lean on or get an outside perspective from, so having good relationships with lots of people can be beneficial and they may even have experience with the task at hand. I plan on using this going forward into my leadership adventure.
Many of the themes Dr. Johnson discussed during his presentation resonated with me. The one that resonated with me the most is listening to yourself. I often second guess the decisions I’ve made. I also question whether or not my plans are the right ones for the future. I plan to implement this into my leadership journey moving forward by taking the time to discuss my plans with others.
His point that resonated most with me is, “Listen before shutting people out because not everyone can articulate advice politely.” When people openly criticize me, I’m not inclined to listen to their comments because I typically deal with problems in private. It’s disrespectful, and I would never handle conflict that way. However, Dr. View argues that leaders should look beyond the delivery of the criticism to the heart of what they’re trying to say. Patience with critique is something I hope to implement in my leadership style, as my current tendencies respond poorly to criticism. I believe this is achievable by taking some quiet time to absorb and reflect on what a person has said to see what they meant to say.
I think for the the one thing I held onto the most was listening to yourself. Throughout high school, I gave too much of myself to speech and debate. I never really listened to myself when I was burning out. I pretty much exhausted myself. It was until now looking back that I realized I should’ve listened to myself and set personal boundaries. I think I am better about it now, and I am in a better place because of it. When a leader is in a better place, they can lead to their fullest abilities.
While listening to Johnson’s inspirational story about life and perseverance, the lesson that stood out to me most was “failing forward”. The balance between his DJ career and work modeled the concept of not allowing fear and anxiety to dictate your journey, and to work hard to pursue your passions. By accepting the possibility of failure, you allow the option to learn and grow from your mistakes. When in a position of leadership, failing is terrifying, but so crucial for success. The trust built and lessons learned build character.
During the presentation, I think the point I resonated with the most was that in a situation where you can’t find where you fit in, you have to find your own best fit. I think this can apply to so many different situations. I know personally I have found myself in quite a few places where I felt like I didn’t fit in or felt the pressure of finding where I belong. However, this is just a pressure that we put on ourselves to find meaning in whatever we are doing, when in reality, you shouldn’t force yourself into a position that doesn’t reflect the most authentic version of yourself. In order to make a difference in our communities, we have to align ourselves with causes we believe in, and with groups that reflect our character. This applies immensely to the struggle that almost all college kids face when it comes to the pressure of finding a place in college along with finding yourself. I am going to try to implement what I learned in this presentation to stay true to who I am and not to find my crowd, but build my own and align myself with people who share my interests, goals, beliefs, and so on.
While the entire presentation was great, I was the most interested in what he said about his journey in producing music, which is my major. The job of a producer at its simplest is to effectively guide an artist’s creative process in the studio. He exemplified that with what he said about collaboration. Dr. View mentioned how ego heavy hip hop is, and 60 artists working on the same project sounds near impossible, but he managed it. He gathered them together around a central goal and laid his ego aside, setting the template for the others to follow. That to me marks a good leader, one who sets an example of humbleness, not pride, for others to follow.
I learned many lessons away from Dr.Views presentation. My favorite take away I got from Dr. View’s speech was to follow your passions despite what others think. When you follow your passions it helps you figure out who you are. Learning who you truly are can help you figure out the people who you are meant to lead. Leading groups towards a goal that you are passionate about will help you be the best leader your can be.
Stevie Johnson gave a great discussion and what really resonated with me was when he said you can’t change the world if you’re not taking care of yourself. I go so fast sometimes and want to do so much and get so much done and it catches up with me. He continues on to talk about creating your own best fit, and when I am still trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life it was much needed advice.
Dr. View’s emphasis on having empathy and patience, as well as keeping one’s ego in check throughout their leadership journey is the point that resonated with me the most. In order to be a good leader, one cannot have a much larger ego than their followers. If a leader has a really big ego, they can appear cocky, as if they were more important than their followers. Leaders have to possess empathy: an ability to understand and relate to the feelings of others. If a leader has a big ego, then they are not able to be an empath either. Followers are much more likely to “follow” their leader if their leader leads with empathy. A leader has to place themselves on the same level or in the “same shoes” as their follower in order to make a profound impact on their life. In my own leadership journey, rather than telling of my experiences that I know my followers and I have not shared, I can tell of similar experiences that we might have shared. One that comes to mind is my fear and anxiety when making the big move to college. This was a big point in my life, as it is for many others. And, a lot of people are very scared or anxious during this time like I was. Through this example, I would be placing myself in my followers shoes, listening to their thoughts and feelings during our mutual experience, and establishing a deep connection. Leaders can only have a great influence on their followers if they use empathy and understand the needs and experiences of others. Through this, they are also lowering their ego by establishing the shared experiences that many people face. I feel like establishing connections has been the most fulfilling and successful part of my leadership journey thus far; therefore, I plan to instill a sense of empathy in my leadership journey each and every day.
Dr. View talked about not letting yourself be driven by your anxiety, and instead being led by your values. I feel like I often allow myself to be driven by the fear of others thinking negatively of me. After watching Dr. Views’ talk I was able to do more research into fire in little Africa. I really loved being able to see the work he talked about and the impact it has had. It gave me a lot of hope to be able to see what you can do when you follow your passions instead of letting your anxieties get in the way.