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Each of us knows someone who has poor self-awareness and continues with actions that ostracize a team. Nonetheless, do our great leaders know what qualities they possess that make them effective leaders? As well, do they know what qualities they possess that might hinder progress?
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At the Outdoor Learning Center there are opportunities to grow leaders, just like our shade trees. This year the OLC has conducted team building activities with teachers from various campuses as well as the STEM Academy.
On September 10, 2014 the OLC hosted 270 NHS students and 15 teachers to continue laying the foundation of leadership amongst students in STEM. The ninth through twelfth grade students were sorted into 27 different teams, some working with students they had never worked with before. These teams competed in various challenges with two main goals in mind. One, students needed to lay a foundation of trust and openness with their team. Two, students needed to realize and internalize their capacity for leadership. It is essential for students to realize "you do not have to be officially designated as the leader, to be an effective leader."
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Effective leadership comes from our ability to develop our own qualities of leadership, which each of us possess. These qualities can surface in times of crisis or calm. They are available within our own minds, heart and character. It is up to us to have enough self-awareness and courage to lead each day. Our actions must match our beliefs for us to have the capacity to lead. Students in the STEM program were given a chance to participate in challenges that focused not solely on their words, but their deeds.
Whether it was a challenge to build a free standing Marshmallow holder out of spaghetti or assembling a solar powered "ice conditioner", students were asked to examine their capacity for leadership. Just like so many of us, there were some who knew their strengths, some who discovered new strengths and others who were just beginning the journey.
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Keep Calm and Lead On!
Outdoor Learning Center Coordinator