We will regularly feature a Called to Lead student (or students) and their leadership views on our website and on Facebook. We want to celebrate and encourage our student leaders by recognizing them as Called to Lead's Student Spotlight.
Sophomore; Early Childhood & Special Education major
Club/organization involvement: President, 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.