If you are a college student reading this or was ever a college student, you can probably agree with me that if a Professor assigns reading, you probably won’t do it. At least, that’s usually the case for me..oops. Although, for some reason, my COM 461 class, Communication in Leadership to be more specific, I actually enjoyed doing the readings. CRAZY RIGHT?!
The readings are normally 30-40 pages and are in a book titled, The Leadership Moment by Michael Useem. The book is a collaboration of multiple short stories. The stories are stories about real life storie about leadership. Examples of successful and unsuccessful leadership are discussed. Following the reading the readings, 6-7 students from the class are then asked to participate in a fishbowl discussion about the readings. I really like this assignment because multiple times the students participating in the fishbowl discussion have brought up points about the reading that I had not considered. It’s awesome to be able to hear how different people interpret and perceive different situations.
COM 461 is also a very interactive class. I really like this because it isnt always easy to sit through an hour and 15 minute class every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:30am.
I cannot write this post without mentioning one thing. My professor, Mrs. Carlson, who is probably one of my favorite professors because of the way she is always including us students in making decisions about the way the class is ran and regarding what an assignment should or should not include, LOOKS LIKE MISS FRIZZLE from the Magic School Bus. It’s quite wonderful actually.
The information I have learned in this class will be very applicable to real life. Leadership is everywhere. Whether you realize it or not, you have been a leader or have followed a leader probably every day of your life. Leaders do not always have name tags or big flashing arrowing pointing to them and therefore, are sometimes overlooked. But one thing is for sure, their efforts are greatly appreciated by many.