Examples of Student Leadership Challenge Reflections

During some of the TC meetings/calls in 2014-15, the TC went on a journey with the Student Leadership Challenge. These journeys involved reading material from the Student Leadership Challenge textbook and workbook and writing about their reflections. Here are some examples of those reflections.

 

EXAMPLE 1. PERSONAL BEST LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE 2015
October 2014 Assignment: When you look back on your TC experience this year, how would you like to be able to describe your personal best leadership experience?

I would like to be able to describe my personal leadership experience as an educational year, filled with gaining and sharing knowledge. I want to be able to elaborate and show a full understanding of what I have learned, as I believe leadership means helping others to help yourself. A leader forms when others give your example and follow your steps. I want to teach what I have learned from Girls Innovate! projects and events, spreading my knowledge to other girls interested in STEM technologies. (Sanjana Shah)

I would like to be able to describe my best personal leadership experience as something I have learned a lot from and have made a considerable impact with. I would also like to be able to describe it as something that has changed my ideals in some way, and as something that motivates me to do more in the future. It is something I want to be proud of, and I want to have impressed myself. (Erica Wang)

I would like to be able to describe my personal best leadership experience as effective, impactful, and rewarding. I hope that I will be able to overcome my own fears and obstacles so that I can help others explore new things and discover their own paths. Luckily, I know that I will always have the support of the other members of the Girls Innovate! Teen Committee. (Celina Chow)

I hope I will be able to look back and be able to say that it was something I was passionate about, and that I enjoyed the experience. I hope that it will also motivate me to lead and participate more. It will probably be hard at first, and I will need to slowly adjust to having the responsibilities, but I look forward to it. (Bridget Li)

I’d like to be able to describe my personal best leadership experience as something I personally initiated, or maybe with a partner that shares my interests. I want to have started an impact project that I am deeply interested in (STEM, business), and want to share it with other girls in the community. Despite obstacles and hardships, I want to have known that I learned something, taught something to others, and/or made an impact. (Cathy Zhang)

I’d like to be able to describe my personal best leadership experience as something I personally initiated, or maybe with a partner that shares my interests. I want to have started an impact project that I am deeply interested in (STEM, business), and want to share it with other girls in the community. Despite obstacles and hardships, I want to have known that I learned something, taught something to others, and/or made an impact. (Arushi Agarwal)

I want to be able to describe what leadership means to me and what kind of leader I want to be. Along with that, I look at leadership as making an impact, as a team. Hopefully I will be able to develop more as a leader and innovate a social impact project and execute it with people who have the same interests as me. (Anika Bagga)

I want to see that I’ve connected with everyone on the TC in someway. I hope for that way to be for everyone on the TC to be a project leader or have an organizing position for an event/project. I want to be able to give all the TC girls the opportunity and inspiration to lead a GI! event. So my personal best leadership experience will be around enabling others to act and grow. (Emma O’Hara)

I’d like to be able to say that I engaged in the five practices of exemplary leadership. This might sound cliché or superficial, but I realize that I haven’t done most of these things before. I’d like to act on shared values, challenge the status quo, and especially recognize contributions by others. Acting on shared values will most likely be the hardest part for me, because I haven’t defined values in the past; hopefully I will learn to in the months to come. Challenging the status quo sounds fun and engaging, and recognizing contributions by others will hopefully come naturally after a bit of practice. (Lydia Sun)

I would like to be able to describe my personal best leadership experience as motivating others in the Teen Committee to expand their horizons. I would like to be able to motivate the girls to go outside of their comfort zones and try something new. I would also like to see Girls Innovate with an incredibly faithful base of attendees. (Jordana Siegel)

EXAMPLE 2. PROFIT & PURPOSE
January 2015 Assignment: Identify a company (for-profit business) you admire and look up what their “mission” and “values” are. Then type them up, explain how they’re purpose-driven (that is, how they’re driven for a bigger purpose than just making oodles of money).

Coca-Cola values their employees and the quality of their beverages they bring to the public. Combining profit and purpose, they are a fast-moving organization that creates value and partners with organizations they believe that together they can refresh the world. (Cathy Zhang)

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters …. They are all about creating a meaningful world community. (Emma O’Hara)

Roche members have a purpose to become active members of the scientific community. Besides producing medical solutions, Roche also focuses on providing “access to medical innovations for all” as written in the Mission Statement. Genentech, part of Roche, is driven by the purpose to give back to the community. (Arushi Agarwal)

Toms donates a pair of shoes or sunglasses to an impoverished company, for every pair of shoes or sunglasses purchased. Toms also hosts large One Day Without Shoes and World Sight Days, which bring attention to these causes through significant advertising. (Langley Topper)

Uniqlo seems to be very involved with social impact, as their site includes modules for refugees and others in need, victims of disaster, business partners and employees, special needs, youth, social business, and environment. Everything circulates around the idea of “the power of clothing”. (Lydia Sun)

As part of the Dove Social Corporate Responsibility, they started two campaigns, Real Beauty and Girls Self‐Esteem. It purports to be “an agent of change to educate and inspire girls on a wider definition of beauty and to make them feel more confident about themselves”. (Anika Bagga)

The Body Shop advocates for the rights of both humans and animals, with its charity for human rights (among various other causes) and its stance against animal testing. (Celina Chow)

Warby Parker sells glasses with brand name designs at an affordable price. The $95 paid for a pair of prescription glasses provides you with a pair of glasses and also means a donation to a nonprofit partner. The nonprofit partner then trains others to provide eye exams and glasses in developing countries. (Bridget Li)
EXAMPLE 3. VALUES
February 2015 Assignment: List your 5 most important values. Describe what they mean to you. An example of the values each member shared is listed below.

TEAMWORK. No one person has it all, and working together is putting all kinds of different skill­sets together. Teamwork increases efficiency, creativity, and overall greatness. (Anika Bagga)

RESPONSIBILITY. I think it is very important that people are accountable, both for what they say (goes along with Honesty) and for tasks. (Cathy Zhang)

EMPATHY. Empathy is understanding and being considerate of others’ situations because everyone is in different situations that you may not have experienced. (Celina Chow)

COURAGE. Courage is needed for me to risk take, keep an open mind, and try new things. I need courage to explore and break boundaries I have never touched before. (Emily Dich)

COMMITMENT. This means that I stay on top of what I have agreed to do and communicate when I cannot. (Emma O’Hara)

CHALLENGE. Without being challenged, there will be no flow of creativity creating new innovative ideas to make the world a better place. Challenge helps me to learn. (Arushi Agarwal)

COMMUNICATION. Make sure my teammates and I are on the same page at all times. (Ishika Narain)

PRODUCTIVITY. This is related to achievement; I feel satisfied when I am getting work done. (Lydia Sun)

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