Making connections is a mind-boggling concept.
Like when you and a complete stranger realize that you both know the same someone,
you have a connection that sets you apart from you and another complete stranger.
Another type of connection that is eye-opening is when you make connections
form what you are learning in school to your real life experiences.
In high school or maybe even still now, you think that this concept is foreign.
Actually learning information that is going to be relevant to your everyday life?
Well I guess if you’re learning about centrifugal force, eukaryote, or irrational numbers maybe you won’t have to use that in everyday life, but I digress.
So let’s make a cool connection…
Btwn. my Leader Advancement Scholarship (LAS) protocol, service trip to Detroit
& my Leadership Theory/Approach from my LDR 200L class, Servant Leadership Workshop
Ways I observed Servant Leadership on the service trip?
1. In the teachers at Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) – Commitment to the growth of people (treating each follower as a unique person with intrinsic value; committed to helping each person in the organization to grow personally and professionally).
The teachers at JRLA are filled with so much hope and passion, and not a day goes by that they don’t pour every ounce of love out into the lives of their students. This was evident in the relatively short time we were at JRLA, however I can attest that through the teachers/staff at JRLA students lives in the Detroit area are being changed for the better, and will continue to be changed for the better. Don’t believe me? Just watch.
2. In our bus driver, David – Awareness (attuned and receptive to their physical and political environments; understanding oneself and the impact one has on others, awareness for the whole picture).
The weather was nice on the trip, maybe a little too nice. While riding in the bus that we were privileged to receive, the seats that were directly over the motor heated up increasingly fast. Complaining evidentially was inevitable. David did everything he could do within his power to ensure his passengers were as comfortable during the ride as possible. He even drove with his window wide open in attempt to send a cool breeze towards the back.
3. Detroit service trip LEAD Team – Building community (allows followers to identify with something greater than themselves that they value; build community to provide a place where people can feel safe and connected with others but are still allowed to express their own individuality).
These leaders were there to provide a way for my LAS cohort to grow as individuals, and I can attest that our eyes were opened as we helped those less fortunate than ourselves, and made a difference in the lives we came in contact with.
1. As a Resident Assistant (RA) next year at Central Michigan University – Listening (communicate by listening first, validate followers perspectives). As an RA next year I will listen to the needs of my residents first in order for me to best provide for them in the ways they find fitting.
2. As a contributing writer/ambassador for CollegeFashionista – Conceptualization (an individual’s ability to be a visionary for an organization, equips servant leaders to respond to complex organizational problems in creative ways). As a writer I will need to understand the visions of CollegeFashionista and be able to match those to my own work.
The teachers at JRLA, our bus driver David, and our very own LEAD Team members were all examples of Servant Leadership during our service trip to Detroit. I am thankful for the opportunity I was blessed with and look forward to ceasing the opportunities similar to this.
Interested in reading more about my Detroit Trip Reflection? Click here ⇐
The full list of Servant Leadership Characteristics is as follows: Listening, Empathy, Healing, Awareness, Persuasion, Conceptualization, Foresight, Stewardship, Commitment to the growth of people, and Building Community. Feel free to ask with any questions, I’d love to have a conversation with you about them and how they can play a role in your everyday life.
With constant hope and unconditional love,