Samuel said "You have to be confident and have initiative." These words summarized his leadership learning experience through SOAR. Today, students also discussed extroverts and introverts, judgment versus perception, and reviewed a variety of issues brought forth in the leadership series.
To sum up, Susan emphasized that everyone does things differently and that what seems natural to one person may be approached differently by someone else. Good leaders, she said, are not judgmental. Students gave Susan some feedback on the questions that were asked in their leadership journals. Evan said, "You always feel the same when you go by your values and when you do not." Jessie said that it was easy to answer what she learned from each day's class, but that the questions about living by your values were more difficult for her. Matt suggested doing the values clarification exercise a second time after several additional sessions. "A good leader will ask for feedback," said Susan.
Students watched "Celebrate What's Right With the World." Susan said that one of her favorite types of leadership is servant leadership, where the leader brings out the best in everyone else. At the end of your B'nai Shalom career, she said, "Your world is full of possibilities and you can celebrate what is right with your world."
Susan asked each student come up with a personal goal for leadership development, listing two strengths, and the two things that are areas for growth, noting one goal of to accomplish by April 30.
Some of the goals students shared:
Zach: "Speak up more."
Matt: "Use my talking skills at better times."
Kendall: "Keep an open mind more often."
Jessie: "Be more non-judgmental about people. "
At the end of the session, students evaluated the leadership portion of SOAR. A summary will be posted in April.