Five “Expert Tips” for Incoming Emerging Leader Participants
It’s Tuesday, which means you’re starting your second week of classes for the 2019 school year. It also means your first Emerging Leaders session is this week! As you get ready to take your first steps into becoming the future leaders of Missouri State University, you are probably feeling a little excited but also nervous. We get it. We understand how you are feeling, because we have been in your shoes. Every other student leader who has gone through Emerging Leaders has felt the same way you are feeling now. To help you get the most out of your Emerging Leaders experience, we asked a few Emerging Leader Facilitators for advice!
1.) Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Every Emerging Leaders session is specifically designed to make you a better leader. They are intended to push you out of your level of comfort, you just need to take the first step. “If you are comfortable, you are not allowing any room for growth. The best leaders are the ones who are not afraid to go against the grain and think outside of the box.” Dominic Meyer, Sophomore, Emerging Leader Facilitator.
2.) Express Yourself
Emerging Leaders is the opposite of a lecture. This is your chance to speak up, be heard, and express your thoughts and opinions. “Step into conversations that are a little uncomfortable. Sometimes conversations about the root of your values and beliefs can be awkward, especially if you don’t know the people in your Emerging Leader group very well. Instead of backing away from these conversations, challenge yourself to stay engaged. You’ll be able to learn much more about the values of those around you as well as yourself.” Rachel McGrath, Junior, Emerging Leader Facilitator
3.) Connect With Other Participants
You won’t know everyone in your session and that is okay. This is your chance to branch out and meet other people on campus who share your same passion for leadership. “It is fun to collaborate with like-minded individuals while getting to experience the diversity of the group so that you can consider concepts from different perspectives.” Alyson Van Winkle, Junior, Emerging Leader Facilitator.
4.) Be Excited For Every Topic and Activity
Each topic and activity is unique but essential to your success as a leader. “Think critically about why we do certain activities and discussions. Every activity is selected for a reason. How might these activities relate to your life on campus or in the community? What might the big picture or takeaway be?” Rachel McGrath.
5.) Take Time To Relax
College is a stressful time, so make sure you are taking care of yourself. “Find time to be alone and relax. College is a whirlwind of emotions and activities. Take it in, but do not get overtaken by it.” Matt Campbell, Senior, Emerging Leader Facilitator.