“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader; a great leader inspires them to have confidence in themselves.” -Unknown.
Looking for a way to get and stay involved throughout your years at Carolina?
Apply for the North Carolina Fellows Program! NCF is a four-year cohort leadership program, designed to challenge participants to realize more of their potential as leaders by means of a 3-credit seminar, interactions with campus collaborators, faculty, staff and community members. An intensive examination of community service philosophy is also undertaken at the time of membership.
NCF starts with a kick-off event at the beginning of each year and continues programming throughout each academic year. Monthly seminars are held in September, October, November, January, March and April. Seminars typically have a facilitator and, dinner is provided to the attendees. Once first-year students accept their invitation to join the program, they must attend a retreat held in late March to mid-April. Additional required retreats will be held during the junior and senior years. In lieu of a retreat during the participants’ sophomore year of school, they will participate in a 3-credit sophomore seminar in the fall.
Only first-years are allowed to apply. Applications can be found at http://leadership.unc.edu/index.php/application-proces. Any questions? Office hours will be held in the CLD suite on Friday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 19 from 11am to 3pm.
Applications are due January 25, 2010 by 5:00 p.m. in the CLD Office, union suite 3505.
For some indecipherable reason, UNC lost its third consecutive football game to NC State this past weekend. (I say university names instead of teams, because football involves much more than the rosters). As any good Carolina student would say, in the grand scheme of things, we are unphased by this loss, spouting off impressive athletic statistics, bowl game bids, a better season record and most importantly: state’s not our rival anyway.
However, this phenomenal evidence of our superiority, a completely unbiased view, has not and will never deter NC State from bragging endlessly about three victories against our beloved Heels. Before the final quarter even expired, students from both universities flocked to Facebook either to brag endlessly or attempt damage control about the outcome. Carolina Students erected Facebook groups to dispel or mask any disappointment they may have incurred with the loss, inserting all of the reasons previously mentioned. Not hours passed before opposition groups popped up, countering such statements of outcome apathy.
Viral war of the words ensued, strangers combating over records, statistics and future opportunities. Predictably, no one was persuading anyone; the arguments unrelenting, yet useless. Inevitably, out of frustration, the altercation went for the jugular: issuing personal attacks and inserting vulgarity where none should exist. Students, on both sides, issued generalized, stereotypical statements about the university student population, either with homophobic slurs or sentiments discounting their intelligence. Students typed things they, never in a million years, would dare utter aloud. Like all cyber bullying, anonymity adds to a person’s propensity to slander from afar. It needs to stop.
Don’t get me wrong, I love smack talk just as much as the next person, but it needs to revolve around sports instead of personal attacks. Take this loss as an opportunity to show your leadership. Exude grace in the face of shortcomings and concentrate on the successes. Ignore the wall postings and status updates all calling you a “tar hole,” it’s not a very damaging insult anyway. Log off of Facebook and study for your exams!
“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born — that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” – Warren G. Bennis
Did anyone catch the Brigham Young University and New Mexico Women’s Soccer Match last week? If not, trust when I say mayhem certainly ensued. New Mexico player Elizabeth Lambert exhibited, well, unsportsmanlike conduct in the tournament game, including but not limited to punching, tripping, kicking and yes, even hair-pulling. The assaults “incidents,” garnered national media attention and left Lambert suspended indefinitely from the university team, despite the only penalty of the game being a yellow card. The viscious behavior left ESPN sports analysts baffled at the lack of reaction from fellow team members, coaching staffs and BYU players. Lambert has since apologized, stating she whole-heartedly regrets her actions and is ready to accept full responsibility.
While the national media focused mainly on Lambert, I think the more important lesson can be derived from the BYU players. Admist all the viscious physical attacks, not a single BYU player, to my knowledge retaliated. Perhaps this lack of reaction was involuntary, because of injury via assault, but nevertheless, no one punched Lambert. This self-control and focus despite negative external conditions is a tremendous part of leadership. The ablity to continue on in the face of extreme adversity is admirable and brave. The ability to contain one’s emotions in such an attack on personal boundaries is meritorious. These players should be commended on their sportsmanship, despite the absence of its extension towards them.
How would YOU react to such an event? Are you focused and dedicated enough to your cause to overcome negativity, adversity?
“Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court, the space between your ears.”
“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails“
– John Maxwell