Monday, January 30, 2012


Do you think you are effective at communicating and how can you improve?
     There is still much work that I need to do in order to improve my communication skills. I am good at taking initiative to get work done and translating my messages to fit the audience. I'm also good at following through with my responsibilities so others can gain integrity and trust in me. However, I sometimes struggle with involving others and having positive optimism. I need to remember that everyone has ideas that need to be shared. I will try harder to be willing to ask for other's ideas and to be receptive to those ideas. I will also work on communicating messages of hope and inspiration. I will look at the good and positive in every situation, instead of focusing and communicating the negative aspects. Incorporating these skills into my communication within Service Squad will help me become a more Christ-like communicator.

What are some new or different ways you learned to communicate that you will apply to your leadership role?
      I had never heard of having analytical skills in your communicating. I think that is an important quality to have. I will work to listen to what every volunteer in Service Squad and those on my committee say and then gather all of those ideas and incorporate them into the big picture and mission of Service Squad and BYU/SA. 

Realistically, what kind of listener are you? What can you do to become a better listener?
     I am progressing in my listening skills. Oftentimes, my thoughts wonder when I listen to people and I start to think of how I will reply to their questions and comments. However, I need to not do this and I need to fully listen to what people are saying and then after they finish, I can take a couple of seconds and think of my own comments.

Establishing a Vision and SMART Goals

Establish a vision for your role.
  The volunteers who come to Service Squad will feel the Spirit as they serve others, develop their own divine-centered leadership characteristics, and gain a testimony of the mission of BYU/SA.

Which SMART goal do you need to specifically work on or improve?
  I want each person to gain a testimony of the mission and purpose of BYU/SA, which is to develop more divine-centered leaders and to establish Zion communities. I will accomplish this, by teaching the volunteers a quick lesson each Wednesday night about the mission and vision of BYU/SA, so when they go to serve that night, they can share that message with those they serve. I will encourage and help each person understand the mission, so they can feel comfortable in sharing that. I will encourgae them by setting an example and being the first person to share the message with the people we serve.

Use the SMART goals to solve a problem in your role.
  One problem with my role, is I find it difficult to speak in fron of all the volunteers (i.e. conducting the meetings). I will solve this problem by forcing myself to conduct the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month, while Jessica, my co-program director, conducts the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. I will prepare to conduct and share my thoughts on leadership, and then afterwards, I will ask Mallory (my ED) and Jessica which areas I need improvement in.

Monday, January 16, 2012


Talk about who you met, what you learned, and what was the most valuable part of the experience.  
   I'm program director for Service Squad and every Wednesday night at 7:00, I have the opportunity and responsibility to serve students at BYU. When the volunteers arrive, we divide into pairs and go to a pre-determined housing complex around campus and knock on their doors, offering our service for the night. I went to Service Squad every week last semester, and I always had a good time, but Wednesday night, I decided to truly get to know my partner's heart. Bromwyn is a senior studying plant and wildlife science. Although several days later, I don't remember where she was from or other details from her personal life, I remember that she is kind and she has a good heart. She wants to be a teacher and she loves serving others.
       I had a wonderful experience that night. I was feeling overwhelmed and stressed when I went to Service Squad that night, and had hoped that some service would lift my spirits. However, I found that the joy and gratitude I gained did not come from taking out some student's trash, it came from talking to Bromwyn, making her feel comfortable and welcome, and truly getting to know her heart. Although, I've had many partners for Service Squad that I didn't know before, I always talked to them because I was program director and it was my duty. I didn't have the right motives. But on Wednesday night, I wanted to get to know Bromwyn because that is what the Savior would've done if He was in my position. He would have loved her because He knew her heart. I made that my goal that night: to learn to love her heart, even if I didn't necessarily know everything about her. I think I realized that goal. I greatly enjoyed my time spent with her that night. Most importantly, I realized that when you have charity for others, you can more easily feel the Savior's personal love for you.  

How will you apply the principles of Divine Centered Leadership to your role?
   As program director for Service Squad, I have the opportunity to be one-on-one with a volunteer each week. I will use this opportunity to truly get to know their hearts. I want to develop Christ-like love for those people and serve them by making them realize their potential as leaders and as children of God. Throughout the coming weeks, I will try harder to get to know other's hearts and have the right motive as a leader.

What does being a “servant leader” mean to you?
     Being a "servant leader" means that instead of bossing people around and giving out orders, you do as Christ did: serve them. Christ was a "servant leader" because He served others and let His example and kindness do the leading. A "servant leader" is someone who devotes all their efforts to serve those who they have stewardship over.  

Monday, January 9, 2012

Intro/Leadership Role

What leadership roles do I have now? 
   I have several leadership roles. I have the continuous roles as a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I serve as the Relief Society meeting coordinator in my ward. I am the vice president on the 3200 hall council in Helaman Halls. I also serve in BYU/SA. I am the program director for Service Squad within the Communications area, and I am also the program director for Honor Choir within Student Honor.  

What leadership qualities do I possess?
   I have the ability to set good examples for others--people notice my actions. I am organized and good at remembering tasks I need to complete, as well as details that need to be attended to. I possess the ability to delegate responsibilities to others. I am good at being realtistic, and realizing which ideas will work for a specific situation and which ones will not. I am compassionate and I truly care for other people and I have the desire to help others reach their full potential.

Which leadership role will I focus on to apply the principles I learn in this class? 
     I will focus on my leadership role  as program director for Service Squad. I choose to focus on this role because I love BYU/SA so much and I aspire to be an executive director. I feel that the necessary skills I learn in this student development class can aid me in becoming a more divine-centered leader of the volunteers in Service Squad. I want to do my very best, so I can prepare for the possiblity of being an executive director.