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Support Course (this entry)
AMM Support Course:
MHR 450 - Leadership
Experiences and discussions involving the complexity of leadership. A study and survey of the history and progression of leadership research for gaining awareness of the challenges of leadership. A non-traditional approach to learning leadership concepts by simulating actual experiences.
I really enjoyed this class and what it had to offer. I learned a lot about what it takes to be a leader, what qualities you need to be a good leader, and different leadership styles.
I had fun in this class because the professor liked holding group discussions about different topics from the book, and things going on in the world as well. I definitely learned a lot from this class that I’m able to apply to the working world as well. I learned what type of leader I am, what my personality strengths and weaknesses are, and how to better myself as a leader. I got more practice speaking in front of a group with the group presentation and individual leadership presentation. It’s always good to get this kind of practice in school, because presenting is something I’ll be doing frequently in future endeavors. These different assignments taught me different styles of learning by actively participating instead of the professor talking to the class.
We had three main projects in this class.
The first was a paper on leadership in The Avengers. This was an interesting paper to write because while watching the movie, we had to analyze the different leadership styles of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and The Hulk. We had to determine their personality strengths and weaknesses, and decide who we’d most want to be like.
Our second assignment was a group project. We had to do a group activity for one chapter from the book. Our chapter was on emotional intelligence, and we did an activity where we got the class in groups of 5, handed them pieces of papers with different situations on them, and asked them what they would do in those situations.
You and a certain co-worker have just never gotten along with one another. Since the day you started working together, you and this co-worker have just rubbed each other the wrong way. The co-worker is constantly antagonizing and attacking you. You feel like this person is out to get you – and wants to get you in trouble.We then showed Youtube clips of similar situations, and what the best way to handle it was.
You get called into a meeting with your boss and it is brought to your attention that this co-worker has complained about you. You know you didn’t do anything wrong and are upset that you may be in trouble. Inevitably this makes you furious, and it isn’t fair.
What would or should you do in this situation? Has this ever happened to you before?
This was a great team-building exercise because we learned how to come up with an idea for a class activity, and each took turns as the leader to create a smooth presentation.
Our third assignment was an individual leadership speech. It had to be three minutes long, with a +/- 15 seconds window. My topic was “announcing the need for cost reductions. The speaker is requesting that everyone look for ways to cut expenditures and immediately begin slashing spending.”
I took the approach of speaking to my family about how we could cut costs in our house. I “spoke” to my mom, my sister, and my sister’s boyfriend. I used a PowerPoint to illustrate the different points I was talking about.
I’ve been keeping track of some of the spending habits in the house, and I’ve noticed a lot of places we can cut out some things. Things need to start changing before we find ourselves in more financial trouble than we’re already in.
|We should cut down on how often we go out too. As nice as it is to go out to Lucille's or Olive Garden, we can make similar meals at home. That money could instead go toward bills that need to be paid and lowering credit card debt.|
|Thank you again for sitting down with me today, and I hope this presentation has shown you all that there are ways we can cut costs in the house to reduce financial trouble. Thank you.|