The Student Leadership Empowerment Program featured Shawn Hoke, director of the Center of Leadership and Involvement, at its speaker series Tuesday, March 25.
The SLEP is a series of speakers in classes for students looking to be better leaders on campus or in their organizations. It focuses on different characteristics leaders should have.
Hoke spoke to students about the importance of being a values-driven leader when taking on leadership positions across campus and in the future. Hoke spoke to students telling them, “Leadership has nothing to do with you once you figure out who you are as a person.”
He focused a portion of the lecture on a reflective period where students organized their values into “value wheels” and they tapped into how they practice the values that they hold to themselves in their everyday lives.
Anne Brady, student at Clarion, explained to the crowd that her family is one of the most important values in her life.
“I learned to value my family from my parents and my siblings,” Brady said. “I think that it is important to value family members because you will always know that they will be there for you to support and love you in the end.”
Hoke said that for himself, integrity is a value of importance that covers a wide range of other values.
“Integrity encompasses so many other values. If you are a person of integrity, then all of the other values fall in line. Being a person of integrity means that your words and actions match up with one another,” Hoke said.
DeBreea Dunston, the student leadership coordinator for the Center of Leadership of Involvement, encourages students to come to events like the SLEP series to further themselves as leaders on the Clarion campus.
“A lot of students feel like they don’t know how to be a leader. This program embodies everything that you need to know if you want to become a leader in an organization. This program provides all of the resources that leaders need to take back to their organizations and run them efficiently,” Dunston said.
The next SLEP speaker will be Matt Shaffer on April 1 who will be focusing on the topic of conflict management.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]