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Why Called to Lead?

Called to Lead is a flexible leadership development program open to all students

Called to Lead Student Spotlight

Called to Lead Student Spotlight

Every month, a Called to Lead student will be featured on our website and on Facebook so that we can celebrate our student leaders.

What do students say?

What do students say?

See what our students say about the Called to Lead program.

Mentoring program

Mentoring Program

Find a mentor who will help guide you, develop your passions, and invest in your goals by participating in a mentoring partnership through Called to Lead.

What Matters & Why

What Matters & Why

Every semester, Called to Lead hosts the What Matters to Me and Why dinner that features a faculty or staff member who shares what really matters to them and why it matters.

Previous Student Spotlights

Ashley Cox

Ashley Cox
Occupational Therapy major, Studio Art minor

Club/organization involvementAlpha Lambda Delta, Honors Program, Called to Lead

What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership is interacting harmoniously with others while inspiring them to perform their best. Successful leaders have the ability to lead by serving. If the workers are happy and their needs are met, other people they interact with will be pleased and happy, thus creating a stimulating and pleasant environment.

What motivates you to be a leader at Etown  College?
What motivates me to be a leader at Etown is knowing I can make a difference on campus, or at least support a cause I am passionate about. There are areas of concern that need to be addressed and spoken up about, and for this reason alone I feel a drive to make the campus a happier and safer place.

What are some of the most important qualities you think a leader should have?
One of the most important qualities a leader can have is the ability to be a servant. Giving and caring for others supports an attitude of selflessness, leaving behind selfish thoughts and feelings. By serving others, habits supporting acts of kindness and altruism are reinforced within the servant's mind. These qualities are invaluable as a leader, along with being an excellent active listener.

What advice would you give to someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
Leaders should not take on responsibilities they know they will not be able to handle. They have to learn how to delegate tasks appropriately, but that will come in time. Leaders need to be patient and not afraid to experiment with creativity and imagination. They learn what works and what does not, and are able to accept when things do not go as planned.

April 2015

Ryan Kenney

Ryan Kenney
Biology Pre-Medicine major

Club/organization involvement: Representative in Student Senate, Events Committee Head of the Class of 2018, Honors Council Representative, President of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Peer Mentor, Medicus, Biology Club, Undergraduate Fellows in Leadership for Social Entrepreneurship

What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership means not only being self-motivated but able to inspire others. It involves encouraging and lifting others up so they can reach their full potential.

What motivates you to be a leader at Etown  College?
Elizabethtown College has a close family-like atmosphere created by the bonds formed between students, faculty, and staff. This provides the motivation to do everything I can for the school’s community including being a leader when it will benefit the college.

What are some of the most important qualities you think a leader should have?
A leader should be a humble servant. An altruistic attitude of self-sacrifice ensures that the leader forgets their personal agenda and instead focuses on what is best for the greater good. Communication is vital but in many cases listening can be far more important than speaking.

What advice would you give to someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
Do all you can but be prepared to fail. Failure is only a mistake if you do not learn from it. It is easy to be a leader when things are going well, but true character is shown when someone responds to misfortune. Accept all forms of citizens.

March 2015

Sarah Fuller

Sarah Fuller
Early Childhood & Special Education major 

Club/organization involvementPresident, Council for Exceptional Children; Vice President, Stamps Scholars Society; Moving Forward Together mentor; EdOrg; Called to Lead; Alpha Lambda Delta; JayWalker; Founder, Letters of Hope (an organization that sends letters and uplifting messages to children at St. Jude)

What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership means action. It's about bringing the unique talents of individuals together in a way that supports and strengthens the mission of the group. Leadership helps the group to serve others by transforming ideas into action.

What motivates you to be a leader at Etown  College?
I have always been an inquisitive person, so I approach life very curiously. I ask, "How can this be improved? How could we better this situation for other people?" There are so many opportunities to serve others, both locally and globally, and seeing this potential is what motivates me. As a futuristic thinker, I constantly challenge myself and others to convert vision into reality.

What are some of the most important qualities you think a leader should have?
Leadership is not a position of power, but rather one of facilitating. This requires transparency, an awareness of self and others, empathy, open-mindedness, passion, perseverance, and communication.

What advice would you give to someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
As a leader, facilitating communication is important, but that doesn't necessarily mean doing all of the talking. Challenge yourself to lead differently. Take a step back and listen more than you speak. By doing this, you will not only learn more about the group’s overall mission and the strength of its members, but you will also create an environment in which everyone is appreciated for his or her unique ideas. Get comfortable with creativity.

February 2015

Seth Previty

Seth Previty
Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance

Club/organization involvement: Office of Student Activities, Academic Integrity Committee, Emotion, and Called to Lead

What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership is more than just the ability to lead people. It involves different attributes one must have as well as sacrifices one must give up.  It is the ability to not only lead but work as a team in order to achieve a certain goal.

What motivates you to be a leader at Etown  College?
I think my motivation comes from the idea that I can help make changes within the Elizabethtown College community that will help all.

What are some of the most important qualities you think a leader should have?
A leader must have self-awareness in that they know their strengths and limitation. Besides directing others, one must be able to direct themselves. They have to stay organized and aware of their surroundings. Finally, a leader that presents good leadership has to be able to create and have a vision that they use to help motivate others, as well as themselves, to accomplish a task.  

What advice would you give to someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
Experience is a key to success and failures are not avoidable nor should be taken as a sign of you not being a good leader. Take criticism as well as setbacks and view them as learning experiences and something you should grow upon. The book One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson is one that the leadership team for OSA has read and I would suggest it as a way to evolve as a great leader. Turn good, into great.

November 2014

Melissa Nanna

Melissa Nanna
Corporate Communications major, Studio Art minor

Club/organization involvementStudent Wellness Advocate, E-town NOW, Jay Firm

What does leadership mean to you?
To me Leadership means being able to figure out what to do in a situation and taking charge. It means setting goals and taking on challenges. Leadership is being a role model to others, respecting the people you work with and being able to both communicate and listen.

What motivates you to be a leader at Etown  College?
What motivates me to be leader is helping others. I enjoy volunteering my time and giving advise or help to others. As a student wellness advocate it’s my job to set example s and provide peers with the resources and help they need.

What are some of the most important qualities you think a leader should have?
I think that a leader should be respectful of the people he/she is working with. They should have a positive attitude, be committed to their work, and be able to communicate effectively.

What advice would you give to someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
I would tell them to believe in themselves and to never give up. Sometimes things may not go exactly as planned, but if you work hard and put in a lot of effort then success will eventually come your way.

September 2014

Tyler Kunkle

Tyler Kunkle
International Business and German double major

Club/organization involvement: President, German Club; Vice President, Hillel; Executive Treasurer, Student Senate; Chair, Senate Finance Committee

What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership can take many forms, from delegating complex assignments to providing a good example for others to follow.  In my personal life, I try to do the latter and to inspire others to go above any beyond what they may have considered themselves capable of.

What motivates you to be a leader at Etown  College?
I try to be a leader with the number one goal of helping others.  There are those who make good use of resources I am able to make available to them.  For example, as Senate Treasurer, I was able to help clubs fill out and submit requests for funds in support of their activities.

What are some of the most important qualities you think a leader should have?
A leader needs to be a good example. If a leader pushes his agenda through bullying, intimidation, or other such tactics, it is bound to be a short-lived position.  Machiavelli had it backwards.

What advice would you give to someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
Be confident.  Confidence in yourself, in your abilities, and in your organization/group's mission are essential; if you don't believe in what you are pushing, no one else will.  

After graduation, Tyler has a 2-month business internship in Dallas, TX, and will then be spending one year in Germany as an English Teaching Assistant with the Fulbright U.S. student program.

May 2014

Sam Soltys

Samantha Soltys
Psychology major, German and Studio Art minors

Club/organization involvementEmotion Dance Club Secretary, Jaywalker, Peer Mentor

What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership is, in my opinion, communication between people in a way which provides direction and support, while also considering and putting into practice the ideas and preferences of the group which is being led. Leadership is, in essence, a way of compromise. 

What motivates you to be a leader at Etown  College?
At Etown, I am motivated to be a leader because of the countless opportunities we are given to do so. I am able to help others with my talents and provide guidance to others, as they have done for me on many occasions.

What are some of the most important qualities you think a leader should have?
One of the most important qualities a leader should have is being a good listener. Leaders have to be able to listen to the other voices and opinions in order to not only be an effective leader, but a successful leader as well. Another quality which leaders must have is the ability to put aside their own opinions and biases, because as an effective leader, it is important not to force your own opinions on others. Last, leaders must be genuinely interested in their cause and should be willing to dedicate time and energy to the cause.

What advice would you give to someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
For someone who wants to get into a position of leadership, I would advise them to take into account what they are becoming a leader of and to recognize what is most important to that particular leadership position. Each position is different and requires its own set of skills and talents. Most importantly, anyone can be a leader if they dedicate themselves to it.

February 2014

Brittany Stepp

Brittany Stepp
Political Science & English Professional Writing major

Club/organization involvement: Pre-Law Club, Treasurer

What does leadership mean to you?
To me, leadership means having the "go for it" attitude. You're not going to fulfill your goals in life by letting other people take the lead on them. It also means being kind to others who may not be as confident and upfront as you are.

What motivates you to be a leader at Etown  College?
My motivation to be a leader at Etown really stems from my big goals in life- I want to make a difference in this world. I can't become a successful attorney without being a leader.

What are some of the most important qualities you think a leader should have?
Some of the most important qualities I think a leader should have are respect for others, a strong work ethic, and the ability to picture the end results when you're starting from nothing.

What advice would you give to someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
I would say have faith in yourself. Often times we underestimate ourselves when we shouldn't. I don't think there is any goal too big.

January 2014

Lauren Lundquist & Shayna Perella

Lauren Lundquist
Early Childhood Education Major with a concentration in Special Education

Club and Organization Involvement: Education Organization, Called to Lead, Donegal Youth Soccer Coach, Cornerstone Youth Ministries Tutor, Council for Exceptional Children, HAB Aid

What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership is working with a group to achieve a common goal, while facing obstacles and hardships that must be overcome. It's a learning and growing experience and it is a privilege to be a leader.

What motivates you to be a leader at Etown College?
I enjoy being a leader at the College because I know it will better me as a future teacher. It increases my confidence, professionalism, and problem solving skills. Everything I take away from Called to Lead I know I will be able to apply to my future classroom.

What are some of the most important qualities you think a leader should have?
A leader must be understanding, unbiased, confident, fair, hard working, determined, passionate, and honest among other things.

What advice would you give to someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
I think that I would tell them to be confident and enthusiastic and to not be afraid to ask questions. I learned how to be a good leader from watching others before me modeling good leadership.

Shayna Perella
Early Childhood Education Major with a concentration in Special Education

Club and Organization Involvement: Ed org, Called to Lead, Cornerstone Youth Ministries Tutor, Council for Exceptional Children, Donegal Youth Soccer Coach, Colleges against Cancer 

What does leadership mean to you? 
To me, leadership is being able to work together with with others to reach a collective goal. Leadership is being determined and committed to reaching a particular purpose of life or a specific goal. 

What motivates you to be a leader at Etown College?
The main reason why I'm a leader at Etown is because I love helping others. My own success is just as important as those I work with. By being a leader I can help those around me. This is also why I've decided to be an early childhood educator, helping others is one thing I'm extremely passionate about.

What are some of the most important qualities you think a leader should have?
I think a leader should be open minded and determined. Sometimes in life you may feel that what you're trying to accomplish is not possible but everything is possible and no matter what you should never give up. Along with this, they should be understanding, honest, trustworthy, hard working, reliable, and passionate. 

What advice would you give to someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
Listen to what others have to say! It's common for someone in a leadership role to focus on their personal goals but those around you are just as important. I always believe there is power in numbers so work with others! There's always a leader in every team. 

October 2013

Caitlyn Whirt

Caitlyn Whirt
Political Science & Religious Studies Major with a concentration in Ethics & Society

Club and Organization Involvement: Student Senate Secretary, Resident Assistant, Etown Dance Marathon Club Vice President, Faith in Action Publicity Chair, Honors Program, Alpha Lambda Delta, Called to Lead. Committees: Legislation Chair, Academic Integrity, and Religious Life. 

What does leadership mean to you?
"Leadership to me means that you know how to take charge of a situation and help others but at the same time can be fair, caring, and compassionate for those involved.
It means stepping up when others stray away and never giving up on something just because someone says it is hard. A big thing as well is learning to be both a mentor and a mentee because you can always learn and grow while helping others to learn and grow themselves."

What advice would you give to someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
"Just do it. Do not spend time worrying about it and overcome any fears you may have. If it is something you truly care about then you will do great. Some people were born to be leaders and if that position is in front of you, do not hold anything back. It can be difficult sometimes being the one in charge but you do not need to know all the answers, just how to get them."

What motivates you to be a leader at E-town?
"I have always had this desire to help people and have found many ways to do that through different leadership positions available to me on campus. There are many people interested in helping leaders on campus as well that truly care about the students. It is not hard to become a leader on this campus."

What are some of the most important qualities you think a leader should have?
"Honesty, Perseverance, determination, compassion, a desire to learn and help others learn,
caring but fair, participation not dictation, bravery, courage, loyalty, patience, responsibility, confidence, reliability, decisiveness, integrity, dedication, enthusiasm, openness, humility, a sense of humor, trustworthy, and much more.

February 2013

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