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Career & Employment Opportunities

Career-Readiness Competencies: Leadership


Well, hello, my name is Savannah Martin with
the Career Center, and today we have with us Dr. Rosalind Moore-Miller with the Office
of Student Involvement, talking today about our competency of Leadership. So, Dr. Rosalind, will you introduce yourself
further? Sure — as Savannah mentioned I’m with the
Office of Student Involvement, and we work to help our 500-plus student organizations
develop opportunities for other students to get connected through resources and services,
as well as leadership opportunities. So, Dr. Rosalind, NACE defines the Leadership
competency as “leveraging the strengths of others to achieve common goals and use interpersonal
skills to coach and develop others.” In what ways do you leverage the strengths
of others to organize, prioritize, and delegate in achieving common goals in what you do? What I try to do is really understand the
strengths and weaknesses of my team, and we also encourage our student organizations and
leaders to do that as well, because when you find those strengths and weaknesses, you really
come out with a better product, because your students can connect to the things that they’re
best at, and really, ultimately, you end up with something that everybody can be proud
of because everyone’s been connected through the things that they’re most passionate about
and good at. What characteristics stand out to you in the
student leaders that you know, and how can other students grow their leadership skills
when entering the job market? So, I think that one really important skill
that I’ve seen our students exhibit is tenacity, and when I talk about tenacity, I’m really
talking about being able to take the wins and the losses. As students, I’m sure everyone has gone through
those opportunities when things just haven’t worked out, and let’s be real: It doesn’t
change when you get into the workforce. Some of those same things happen, but as you
learn to kind of take the wins and the losses, it really builds a more well-rounded individual
that’s going to be a great professional in the workforce. And finally, what would you say to students
who think they aren’t good leaders or think that they never will be good leaders? Honestly, I think that oftentimes, our definition
of leadership has become very narrow, and there’s so many types of leader, and leaders
look differently in different situations, and so what I would tell our students is to
really latch on to the things that they’re best at, and when they find that thing, really
develop it and realize that that in and of itself is a leadership characteristic, and
they are contributing to the bigger picture. Well, Dr. Rosalind, thank you so much for
your insights today. How can we learn more? So, we are located in the Ferguson Center,
Room 3610, and we also are on the web at studentinvolvement.ua.edu, so just feel free to drop us a line or stop
by at any time; we’d love to help students kind of learn more about ways to gain those
leadership skills. And if you would like more information regarding
career-related services, visit career.ua.edu or visit Room 3400 in the Ferguson Center. Thank you.

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