Students glean insights from worldwide summit
Six UWL students attended the Beta Gamma Sigma Global Leadership Summit Nov. 2-5 in Orlando, Florida. They networked with top business students from around the world and listened to insights from thought leaders. They brought back ideas on how to strengthen their leadership skills. Here they share their top tips.
- Listen and accept new ideas. Leading is all about being willing to actively listen, to guide and to provide support for others when needed. It is also about being open and willing to accept new ideas that you might not perceive as right. In order to guide others, you must be able to lead yourself first because only when you fully understand how to put yourself in the right direction will you understand how to effectively treat others the way you would want to be treated. – Jeremy Miller
- Focus on strengths. Know your strengths and capitalize on those instead of focusing on improving your weaknesses. If every person has a few qualities that they are really good at, we can work as a team and accomplish amazing things. – Amanda Nelson
- Find mentors. Have multiple, quality mentors in your life. These people will serve as guides for you and help you to grow professionally in your career and in life. – Sara Vesel
- Reflect. Take time to reflect on where you have been, where you are now, and where you want to go in the future. You cannot expect to guide others if you do not have a plan of your own to follow first. – Reed Powell
- Learn from leaders. Find the leaders all around you who you respect and admire, and learn from them. Also, take advantage of opportunities in front of you. Opportunities build experience, and experience makes you a better leader. – Patrick Dixon
- Use past experience. To be a great leader, you must first learn to lead yourself, learn from the past, and use it to excel in the future. – Sydney Schemenauer