One of the requirements of the Leadership Advancement Scholarship protocol is to take The American Experience history course (HST110). As a cohort, we take this class as a writing intensive so most of our tests and projects are all writing based. The American Experience course is all about American History, starting at the first civilizations in America and leading up to some more recent American experiences. This course was very beneficial to me because I learned far more in this class than I have in most other history classes taken. One of my favorite parts of this class was talking and discussing about leaders who aren’t always recognized. People usually hear and talk about Presidents or people like Martin Luther King, but we learned about other leaders who made huge impacts on our country as well.
This history class was enjoyable to me. I realized and noticed past mistakes Americans have made and also how we have bettered our country and have grown from what it once was. From leaders, technology, and education, our country has formed into a place where I am so proud to be a part of.
My brother Evan, and my dad absolutely love history. Listening to them talk about it has myself lost at times, but understanding the main points in history and staying attentive and interested in the subject will only make myself better more educated about what our country and world has been involved in.
Thinking about the question, “Does leadership come from a ‘yes’ or ‘no’?” My answer to this would be both. Overall I believe there are many ways to take this question into consideration.
Yes, I believe that leadership can be taken under a ‘yes’ perspective. As stated by John F. Kennedy, “one person can make a difference, and everyone should try”. It’s truly beautiful how one idea, one thought, or one person standing up and saying something that matters to them or coming up with an idea to improve the present really exists today. We see this in everyday life: protesting, speeches, movements. It only takes one person to get others involved or one person to start a campaign on their beliefs. Positivity is the best way to influence others, finding the moral problems or just saying ‘yes’ to new ideas and trying new things. If saying ‘yes’ is new, it is a start for change, attempting to make things better than they already are. So what’s wrong with change? If it doesn’t work out the way planned or wanted, at least there was an attempt for bettering the world.
No, leadership can be taken under a ‘no’ perspective as well. Leaders of today must have the strength to deny requests in the benefit of all. In my SOC220 (Intro Social & Criminal Justice) class, we have been learning in our book titled Justice: What’s The Right Thing To Do? all about utilitarianism which is a theory that states that the best action is the one that maximizes ‘utility’ which is usually known as being humans or for the common good. I feel that utilitarianism can apply to leaders of today. Using myself as an example, being the President of student council my senior year of high school, I had to make decisions that not everyone wanted but I usually would end up choosing the majority opinion, to please the most people, while it being the most reasonable and appropriate request. At times, leaders have to say no. The goal that leaders should uphold would be to please people in a positive way and changing or leaving things the same, because it is benefiting the circumstance in general.
It is hard to chose just ‘yes’ or ‘no’. I really can see both perspectives and place myself in both situations while each circumstance should be taken with different precautions.