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Ways you can lead every day

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Posted on April 8, 2014 by Dr. April Vari, vice president for student affairs.

Courtesy: Delaware Valley College Dr. April Vari

The other day as I was walking across the DelVal campus, I did something -- or more accurately didn't do something -- that I later regretted.  I walked by an empty beer can on the ground and I didn't pick it up to throw it into the nearest recycling bin.  I was in a hurry, and to be honest I didn't know where that can had come from and just wasn't keen on the idea of picking it up.

I don't give myself high marks for leadership in that moment because there was something that needed to be done and I didn't rise to the occasion.  I've made a promise to myself to change that the next time I see trash marring our lovely campus.  Maybe someone else will see me picking up that empty bottle or can and be motivated to follow my example.

There are many ways to define leadership. For me, it's pretty simple.  It's seeing a need and mobilizing yourself and/or others to do something positive about it.  Leadership comes in moments large and small and each one of us, every day, can find some positive change to create for the members of our community.

Maybe it's a gesture of kindness to a classmate who seems to be struggling with something -- that may just be the spark he or she needs to move forward and contribute to the quality of our community.   Perhaps your moment of leadership could be to bring forward student concerns to a group like SGB, or to a staff member, so that the issue can be discussed and resolved, rather than left unaddressed. Sometimes leadership requires conversation that's neither easy nor comfortable.  In Samuel Hall, good conversation is occurring among the residents who are pledging to look out for their building in the wake of some recent offensive graffiti discovered there.  This is leadership.

What will your leadership moment look like?  The possibilities are endless and the rewards will be great.

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I congratulate you on recognizing the opportunities in even the smallest gestures.  I recently wrote a post about a couple of very small gestures that played a big part in helping me become the person I am today.  We never really know what the “ripple effects” will be when we choose to do the right thing.  One thing is certain though, we should never pass up an opportunity to help another person or to make the world a better place.  Keep up the good work.  Every little bit helps.

Posted by Mike on April 15, 2014.

Some of the best leadership moments I know off are very often lead through humility, sprinkled with some grace, some mercy, and some love.

Serving others through leadership can be challenging, it may take lots of energy, but it is always rewarding.

Continue to lead by example!

Posted by Destinee on April 14, 2014.

Even the simplest gestures can have a ripple effect such as mentioned in this blog. Being a leader is something that can be in small and large actions. It is about having care and respect for oneself and others.  It is also about taking personal responsibility and being accountable.  Little things then become not so little.

Posted by Sharon Donnelly on April 8, 2014.

Dr. Schramm,

Thank you for your comment about the latest blog post. The can was found before Pride and Polish on some mulch in the center of campus. It has been picked up. We’re hoping this post will make people think twice about littering and also, encourage people to help care for campus by picking up any litter they see.

Best,

Annmarie Ely

Posted by Annmarie Ely on April 8, 2014.

As a committed leader myself, I know how vital it is always to model the leadership necessary to ensure a safe, civil, and successful society. I am, however, so curious as to where on our immaculate campus grounds a discarded beer can lurks, disfiguring said grounds. And if someone would presume to litter their beautiful home away from home, that is sad indeed. If this incident occurred post-Pride and Polish Day, that is doubly unfortunate. It certainly does not reflect Core Values if someone is trashing the campus grounds.

Posted by Prof. Karen Schramm on April 8, 2014.

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