Created by: Jamie Sordo
This portfolio was born on: April 18th, 2016
leadership practice report
Modeled from The Leadership Challenge (Kouzes & Posner)
my personal best leadership experience
The purpose of reflecting on this experience was to begin my process of learning and develop a foundation for personal development.
--Centered around strength & conditioning training with the Miami University Varsity Synchronized Skating Team --
Our coach, Mackenzie Cutter, and the senior class developed teams for a more competitive and accountable atmosphere in the weight room.
She uses a point system to reward athletes for various efforts that essentially improve our Miami Skating.
Examples of efforts include: increasing reps/weights, encouraging others, displaying positive attitude, cleaning up weights, exceptional work ethic & winning small competitions against other teams.
- Sometimes less is more --> especially when talking
- Sometimes you have to sacrifice your personal beliefs or values on certain things when it comes to doing whats best for the team.
- The best leaders are the ones who help make leaders out of everyone around them. Great leaders aren't just inspiring, they're empowering.
- Leaders who develop personal relationships with each member of the team will see intrinsically motivated members in return of the challenges.
Guiding Principles of my Actions:
I wanted all of the skaters to have someone to look up to in the weight room, so all of my action are based off of what I would want to see out of a leader. Challenging myself to go beyond my own expectations is something I focus on - almost as if it is an out of body experience and the leader is someone greater & more capable than myself. I led by example by never sacrificing form for completion. I take time to spot others if I challenge them to increase weight, or to just cheer on their last couple reps. I keep a positive attitude in the weight room - showing grit through a 100% work ethic, 100% of the time.
Everybody responds to leadership styles differently. I have to adapt my role for different individuals. It's difficult to help people realize there own potential when they are afraid. Being the leader doesn't mean you have to be the best at everything, but leaders celebrate and bring attention to individuals own best practices, behaviors and gains. Not everyone can excel at everything - but when everyone is aware of the records set by someone for a certain practice... then the team as a whole will grow and continue to raise the standards.
The Classic Profile Pattern - an integrated interpretation of my behavioral style - presents me as an Inspirational Leader.
A personalized interpretation of my behavioral tendencies.
• Founder of a company that makes a difference
• Travel the world making an impact on people of various cultures
• Travel the country as an inspirational speaker - Inspiring others to continually challenge themselves & the world around them
• Have a family and raise our kids into strong individuals
• Coach a synchro skating team to the olympics – and
not only coach them in skating, but also life – changing their
lives for the better & coaching them to be leaders themselves
• Die with happiness & fulfillment – knowing I gave everything
I have to give to the world and people around me
• What connects all of these accomplishments
is my values of leadership
[[Coach a synchronized
skating team to the olympics – and not only coach them in skating, but also life – changing their lives for the better and coaching them to be leaders themselves]]
I picked this one because I believe,
as of right now, that this will bring me the greatest
internal satisfaction. I would have to challenge the Olympic committee to make it an Olympic sport, which would open up the opportunities for elite athletes to represent their nation in figure skating for years beyond my own. Knowing I made a difference coaching people around me and that my behaviors will have inspired them to make leaders of themselves
why I'm attracted to my career
I enjoy being a leader.
I love to help people realize how
much potential and talent they have, and how there
is no cap or limit in what they can do. If they persevere
hardships & are passionate about the challenge, then they
will grow and achieve more than they ever thought they would.
It takes an individual with grit – passion & perseverance – to accomplish the extraordinary. This mindset or what many people call, an ‘athlete’s mentality’ is what makes me who I am. And I’m attracted to the entrepreneurial mindset because they are one in the same. An entrepreneur has the fire within them and they are determined to ignite it. They move with intensity and purpose. Entrepreneurs are doers, they don’t just think, dream or wish, they take actions that move them. Entrepreneurs, like athletes, are willing to make sacrifices to get closer to their goals. They make great teammates and impacts around them.
I’m attracted to the freedom and creativity that
entrepreneurs take advantage of. I love the
environment that entrepreneurs & athletes
not only make, but thrive in.
I will be leaving behind my family, students, athletes & friends (also colleagues)
Abby Wambach, US female soccer player, said goodbye to professional soccer a couple months ago. Her behaviors and attitude - reflected in the video below - sums up remarkably well how I hope to leave life.
Watch: Beginning – 1:15 & 4:20 – 5:00
who I'll leave & when I do
I want to have helped people
who needed help the most.
I want to have fought for equal opportunity.
To have provided education to the uneducated.
Opportunity to the disadvantaged.
Love to the unaccepted.
Treatment to the sick,
and recovery to the treated.
The following lyrics show
an analogy that has guided my beliefs
& has inspired me to share this outlook
on adversity with others.
White Privelege II, by Macklemore:
”Black Lives Matter, to use an analogy, is like if there was a subdivision & a house was on fire. The fire department wouldn't show up and start putting water on all the houses because all houses matter. They would show up and they would turn their water on the house that is burning Because that's the house that needs the help the most. My generation's taken on the torch of a very age-old fight for black liberation, But also liberation for everyone, and injustice anywhere is still injustice everywhere.”
I think one of the biggest questions life will have asked me is whether I’m living an authentic life and more importantly, how I’m going to empower others to do the same?
Who am I to judge others? For their opinions, beliefs, actions, clothes. For their past, their present & their dreams of the future. Who am I to judge a person for being who they are?
I am not more or less worthy
of anyone else to
make judgments of them.
We shouldn’t be so quick
to judge people in society
for being who they are.
This question will have developed my guiding principles that I lived by. I don’t think there will have been a single response, but instead continued responses. My responses would have been shown not only through thoughts, words & actions – but also through questions. The main question that life has asked me is a heuristic. It enables me to ask more questions, and it enables me to explore responses in many different directions.
the main question life has asked me
My authentic voice is loud. Sometimes it's overbearing and dominant when I'm too excited. My voice is confident but humble because I am always trying to learn and soak in everything happening around me. Likewise, my voice lives in the present when I'm around other people. But when I get home for the night, my voice becomes reflective. So, when I wake up in the morning, I am forward looking and excited that it’s a new day. This cycle keeps my voice from burnout.
My voice is hard to describe because my actions speak louder than my words. I share my voice with others as if we were having a conversation without words. It's complicated and takes more time to understand.
I have a very hard time getting things I want to say across to people. There's definitely a gap between how I understand things in my head and what comes out of my mouth. This mostly hurts me when I'm teaching or coaching. I often ask people if they understand what I'm saying or know what I mean. I struggle to get words out that truly reflect my understanding of the topic, which in turn, negatively effects my coaching abilities.
Personal Values Exercise Process
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Personal Values Exercise Process
Aligning Values & Actions