Encouraging the Heart

As a protocol requirement for all Leadership Advancement Scholars, we must read an assigned leadership book, create and interactive project reflecting the book and present everything to our LDR 100 class. The book given to my group is titled Encouraging the Heart.  It explained the best ways for you to be a respected and even loved leader amongst your peers. Listed, were 7 steps to help you achieve that goal.

  1. Set clear standards
  2. Expect the best
  3. Pay attention
  4. Personalize recognition
  5. Tell the story
  6. Celebrate together
  7. Set the example

To demonstrate what we learned from Encouraging the Heart, my group and I set up a complicated puzzle meant to be stressful and confusing. The class was split into two parts, one part received encouraging feedback from my group along with a kind note about themselves, whereas the other part did not. We wanted to demonstrate what it is like when a leader is encouraging and kind to their team and the results that come of their leadership style. The encouraged group completed their task in an unexpectedly short about of time and the other group failed to complete even half of the puzzle. After the puzzle, one person from each team was personally recognized for their hard work; again the side that received encouragement recognized their person with confetti and hugs and the other side received just a short handshake.

Before this book project, I thought I knew what it meant to be a good leader, but I was missing something. I was missing the personal aspect. I missed how important it is to truly get to know who you are leading and to develop strong relationships with them. I missed how big of an effect that makes on people. It was truly wonderful to see the class’s faces when they read their notes and see them realize someone really cares about them. Because thats what leadership is all about, making people feel loved, welcomed, included and important.

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