Sustainability and Leadership:
This session described the environmental problems we face today and how students can help their colleges be more eco-friendly. It also discussed the qualities of a Leader, or in this case, a Social Change Agent, who must have knowledge of the environment and the social justice, issues that affect people. They must also have to ability to see paths and small steps for change, challenge the status quo, adjust to diverse and changing needs, and involve others while inspiring or exciting participants.
We also discussed what some delegates have done at their schools to reduce waste and save resources. Some schools have removed some trash bins from dining halls to encourage students get smaller portions that they will finish, rather than getting bigger portions and throwing the extra food away. Another school had an event called “Water fest” where they did activities and told fact about the environment and what students can do to make it better.
The aspect of this session that I found significant was that a student leader can do so much to not only help students on campus, but they really can help change the world, one campus at a time! It was great to see that Students care about this issue!
Motivating Your Membership: Don’t Just Delegate, Appreciate!
This was probably my favorite Ed Session of the weekend. This Ed Session made me realize that delegating tasks and motivating the membership really isn’t too hard. I learned about the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, which are: Model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and most importantly, encourage the heart. Some ways to encourage the heart are too practice smiling (as silly as it sounds, it works), by keeping inspirational quotes in a work area, and by making lists of members favorite things which will allow you to make connections with them.
A leader can encourage a member by setting clear standards, expecting the best, paying attention and listening, recognizing members and their achievements, telling stories and past experiences, celebrating together, and setting an example. But the most important thing to do is to thank them, for everything that they do, and let them know how much you appreciate them. Appreciate, Delegate, and repeat!