Year One Reflections
My first year in the doctoral program challenged me with newfound learning in an exciting environment. I am so pleased I learned new concepts and principles about leadership. Amazingly, I retained the information better because the year involved practical work. I am grateful for the experience because I was introduced to skills applicable to my life. As I reflect on the years learning, I could not be more excited about what is to come next.
The Hero’s Journey assignment became a vital assignment with great meaning. The paper became a challenge because I reflected on my life and the things influencing my skills as a leader. Putting my experiences on paper became a hard thing to do because I felt vulnerable sharing the things I never considered to put on paper. In the end, the assignment proved therapeutic because I was able to answer questions about my life and make connections on why I do the things I do. The innovation segment became a valuable experience for me because I never thought innovation could become so powerful. One concept I learned from the segment became looking around my organization with an observer's eye. I found the idea effective because instead of criticizing my organization on the surface, I needed to observe the organization in the entirety. Nonviolent communication proved to become one of the most effective tools I ever encountered. I was able to use skills to reduce conflict. NVC made sense to me because it provided the comfort I needed to address conflict. I also appreciated the concept behind DISC style. By applying the concept in my work environment, I notice a change amongst my fellow co-workers.
I learned so much about leadership in the program. The concepts and knowledge I acquire led me to believe leadership comes in many forms. I learned leadership promotes new direction and becomes something much more than management Leadership involves being concerned with the change and growth of an organization and the people around them. I found leadership illustrates the ability to lead a group of followers effectively. In order for a leader to excel in leadership, they must know how to treat their followers as described in the platinum rule, ‘treat others as they want to be treated’. One important note of leadership I learned became the ability to inter- change a leadership style to promote success. When I look at leadership in my own organization, I wonder if a leadership style can change after decades of running the organization the same way.
Some of the changes I made in myself include increasing my sense of self-awareness. One thing I notice became me practicing self-reflection on a regular basis. I kept a journal documenting my feelings on issues. I also took the journaling a step forward by reframing my feelings with an emphasis on positivity. I think the most important step I am making in the process becomes my recognition of my feelings. DISC style helped me discover and use the...