Central Michigan University offers many leadership training programs that brings out so much from an individual: and that it was spark did for me. On Friday, January 20th, 60 students registered to attend this program. I along with a few other LAS recipients attended, I and truly believe it was such an inspirational, meaningful program. You can click here for more information on what SPARK is all about.
What I loved most about SPARK is that I found out my personal leadership style and I feel it fits correctly. I am a considerate leader and I learned all about what that means. There are four main leadership styles and they are being spirited, considerate, direct, and systematic.
The part I will take most away from SPARK is showing empathy more than sympathy. Empathy really shows that you are putting yourself in someone else’s shoes while sympathy is showing just pure sorrow or misfortune for someone. Saying that “oh I know what you are going through”, or “me too”, only takes away from the person and you are shifting the focus off that one individual and bringing it upon yourself. Instead, saying something to the effect of, “wow, I can’t imagine what you are going through, I’m glad you told me” or “let me know if you need anything, I am here” really can make all the worlds difference and I plan on fixing and switching from doing the first to doing the second, making others feel more important in that situation, as they should.