Content: Learning how to plan and lead an organization is a lifelong journey. Th
Content: Learning how to plan and lead an organization is a lifelong journey. The larger the organization the more complex the leadership role becomes. Leadership knowledge is gained through formal and professional education opportunities, as well as learning what works through experiential practice while working in organizations. The knowledge you gained will be useful to you in your future endeavors. Goal: The goal of this reflection is for you to identify what you knew, or thought you knew, before taking this course, what you learned during the course (how did the assignments help you), and then determine what you plan to do after the course to sustain what you have learned and to further develop you for the leadership challenges you will face. The intent of this paper is to position you for future leadership challenges. Complete the following steps. Step 1, Before: Identifying areas of instruction that were new to you, or advanced your knowledge in areas you were already knowledgeable about. Step 2, During: The second section of your paper demonstrates your grasp of a personal “Way Ahead,” involving your pragmatic view on how you see the course material working for you in your present or future leadership position. More importantly, this section will also demonstrate how this knowledge might be useful in preparing you for future positions of authority and responsibility. Step 3, After: What is your end state? The last section should include information concerning how prepared you are now, and define what your next step should be. Include identifying what future education you might pursue to sustain your business education development. _____________________________WHAT WE LEARNED DURING THE CLASS______________________________________________________________________________ DURING THE COURSE: We had Journal assignments. As you will find, learning about leadership is one thing, but experiencing leadership is another. If you can practically apply what you are learning, you will have a vastly different learning experience. Thus, I have a list of specific actions you can experiment with during the course. I will also allow an action NOT on this list as long as you get approval for the experiment ahead of time. Here are some things you can try: 1. Listen to someone without pre-planning what you will say. Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People has a great chapter about this. 2. Do not interrupt someone when talking to them. This is also a take-off on the listen to fully understand in action 1. 3. Find a situation where you give praise. And do not just give praise to the person, go out of your way (just like you would if complaining about a person) to go to the boss or someone that needs to hear about the good service. 4. Find a situation where you give constructive feedback to someone. 5. Change up things in your routine. If you sit in the same spot in a meeting, change it up. If you park in the same spot, change it up. If you drive somewhere the same way, change it up. What does this teach you about change management and our assumptions about the change process? 6. Practice delegating tasks or projects to someone else - this can be done with family members, colleagues, peers, etc. 7. Coach someone on a technique, a process, a task, a software program, a game - the options are endless here 8. Practice networking. Do research on best practices and then make a plan and start executing that plan These are some of the things you can experiment with - and if you are inspired to experiment with something from the book, just get approval ahead of time describing what you want to do and how it relates to the class material. You are also welcomed to repeat actions on this list, in different situations. Not all situations require the same tools and approaches, so it is time to figure out what works and what does not work. All of the activities need to tie back to your readings or research on leadership. Translation: Your book should be referenced. Reading theory on leadership is not the reality of leadership, so please do work to tie these experiences to leadership and your understanding of leadership.

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