Week 1–2 Journals!!!
The first class!
Nervous as to what this class really was, I was pleasantly surprised when I loved every part of it so when the first assignment popped up I was actually a little bit excited.
The portrait exercise found in chapter one was meant to dive us deep into recognizing leadership and what we tend to view as leadership physically. This is the portrait I chose for this exercise:
Majority of the questions asked you to view the physical details of the person in the image you chose. I noticed all of the dark toned details first like her pinned up hair, lipstick, jacket, and eyebrows. I then was drawn to her jewelry and the boldness each piece held as well as their placement. Finally I focused in on her eyes and tried to find her story within them. After viewing the physical details that seemed too obvious, the chapter asked us to dive deep and describe the person’s characteristics. Are they funny? Do they seem like genuinely happy people? These were questions we had o ask ourselves or at least I did. I came to these conclusive ideas:
- She seems like she would have a wonderful sense of humor.
- Approachable because of her inviting eyes.
- Calm cool and collected
- Intelligent and passionate
Now, what are her motives and what would you recruit her for? Well her motives would include but are not limited to:
- Making a difference
- Strong female lead in a business
- She wants to fight for something
- Wants to understand people and their ideals about life and the society we live in.
- She values equality and freedom of self-expression.
- She may be a public speaker or in a position of high authority.
As far as what I would see her doing, I would most likely recruit her to fight for women’s rights and stand up and speak on equality between men and women alike. She would face many struggles just by being a strong outspoken woman but would be able to lead through her trials. Her leadership behavior would consist of speaking for her people she is fighting for while bringing to light their personal concerns and ideas instead of just her own. She would be talked over by many powerful men with booming voices but she would make hers louder by allowing her followers to speak as well, making the room full of female voices that are loud enough to silence the deeper toned men.
Do I see myself in this woman? Yes and No. I’m outspoken about what I believe to be right, but I tend to fall silent to the loud voices that shut me down. I need to work on my own personal strength and be more trusting of myself as a leader and opinionated woman.
August 27th, 2020
2nd Day of Class!
Today we discussed the power of learning leadership slowly and really taking time to see a leader as a whole through our portrait exercises. We reviewed the 5 ways to develop a leader which are knowledge, behavior, relationship, decision making, and reputation. In addition to this review, we developed some new knowledge about Evolutionary Psychology and more specifically types of faces which could be applied to our portraits for deeper understanding of the people within them.
At the end of class we were assigned another chapter with another exercise, so on to chapter 2!!!
August 30th, 2020
“Finding the potential in others.”
For this assignment, not gonna lie I was a little stressed because it was quite a bit of reading and a lot to understand. However, I powered through and learned quite a bit about mentors and leadership development.
Describing only one person that I know that brings out the best in others as well as myself was a very difficult task but I ultimately decided to talk about my mom. She sees the talent and potential in people without have to blink an eye. She knows how to cater to their specific talents and abilities in order to make them the best that they can be. As a business owner, she gives her employees words of encouragement everyday even if they messed up or weren’t on schedule like she likes them to be. This encouragement helps them be confident in their abilities as phlebotomists and as employees. Knowing when to be stern and to correct actions in an authoritative way is a good trait/ability of hers because it solves the problem then and there rather than allowing it to continue in hopes of it getting better by itself. When it comes to my brother and I and her role as a parent, she corrects us the second we do something wrong much like her phlebotomists but she’s doing it in a way that builds our character advances our development as people. One last behavior she is fond of that I believe helps her bring out our full potential is that she always finds time for little life lessons no matter the setting we’re in. They are short and concise so that we’ll remember them but long enough to get the point across.
As for mentorship and finding the potential in others in the first two books of the Odyssey, Athena has her own way of doing such with Telemachus. She is known to be a strong Goddess that oversees wisdom and war which may be a reasoning as to why her suggestions on how to deal with the suitors were violent but kind of caused her to contradict her reputation because they were not always the wisest solutions to Telemachus’ problem. Despite this though, she was able to guide him and build his character and bring out his inner leader.
Ways she did this:
- Instilled menos (courage) in him by giving him the confidence to address the suitors and go on this journey.
- Calls him out when he is messing up in order to invoke self-reflection.
- Guides him with a plan for his journey which gives an example of good planning for him to know in the future.
- She constantly challenges him so that his character and leadership development never stops.
- Provides him with hope (his father is probably alive)
Today we built off of what we had done for homework in chapter 2. We established that mentors are leaders that hone in on the personal development of their mentees and/or followers. As a class we came up with passages in the Odyssey that reflected moments of mentorship between Athena and Telemachus. A lot of us chose passage three as a key development point because Athena did so much instructing in that passage. She told Telemachus that he was messing up and had him analyze his actions then she continued on to give him very detailed advice on how to deal with the suitors. She was open and honest with him and told him how its was in that moment in time and basically gave him a choice, to be strong and take back what was his or to be weak and wallow in his mistakes. We came together as a class and said that in this moment, Athena was being real with Telemachus and not hiding behind worry of hurting his feelings. After reviewing these passages and discussing Athena’s abilities as a mentor, Professor Sandridge stated that in order to be a good mentor, they have to “be real.”
How to keep it real:
- Realize what is and isn’t a source of potential in people.
- Know how to give constructive criticism.
- Accurate feedback is necessary because lying to someone that way you don’t hurt their feelings is still lying and they deserve the truth about whether they can sing or not as mentioned by a fellow classmate during class.
- PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH! No one will follow you or listen to what you say if you do not live by it yourself.
Towards the end of class some interesting questions arose about misogyny, specifically at the moment when Telemachus addresses his mother in front of the suitors. Was it an act of misogyny, him putting Penelope in her place like that? I think for this time period it was simply and act of power and a moment to display authority and gain respect from the people of Ithica because the basic roles of men and women as stated by Telemachus were that women cleaned and tended to the house while the men spoke and became leaders. We all knew that Telemachus loved his mother and never wanted to see her upset because if he didn’t love her or respect her he wouldn’t have stood up to the suitors nor would he have taken her emotions into consideration when deciding not to tell her of his journey as to not worry her. Misogyny is rooted in the hatred of women and lack of respect of them and Telemachus neither hated nor disrespected his mother he simply made a power move and stated his place in Ithica as a leader.