A NOTE TO CURRENT & FUTURE ILC LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE Participants
Congratulations on becoming a part of the ILC Leadership Certificate Program. This program meant a lot to me, so when creating your e-portfolio, make it your OWN. Your leadership journey is yours, and you strive to make a change for the better in this world. Remember that this is just an example of a leadership portfolio, so innovate and create one that is better than mine. Thanks, and good luck! :D
Thanks to the Illinois Leadership Center for allowing my portfolio to be an example!
University of Illinois | Class of 2015 | College of Applied Health Sciences | Kinesiology Major | Minor in Spanish
Leadership is not a new concept, but taking advantage of it was new to me, especially when you’re a lost college student in the middle of corn fields. Luckily, I encountered the Illinois Leadership Certificate Program through their pamphlets floating around on the second floor of the Illini Union. Throughout this leadership certificate process, I have learned so much about myself through integrity, ethics, system management, communication, self-care, and other leadership values that meant so much to me. Not only have I learned about myself, I learned so much about others: The alumni who believe in the program, the professional staff who care about outreaching to potential leaders, and students who all have this sense of belonging in a leadership role.
And now, all of this work and knowledge has to be condensed into a portfolio. This portfolio (or website perhaps) contains everything I learned about leadership, and I could not be more proud of it. The work produced in this portfolio grew from the unexpected. I realized that whenever an opportunity to be a leader appeared right in front of me, I had to take advantage of it. I am grateful for the Leadership Certificate Program in that it molded me to become unafraid of who I was becoming: a leader. Now when faced with a challenge, I will put forth my leadership skills and initiate change. Thank you to the Illinois Leadership Center for an unforgettable experience, and I am very elated to share it with you all who will see and listen. Also, thank you to my leadership coach, Nameka Bates. Your mentorship, pride, and integrity inspired me to work hard for this. You have taught me to appreciate that it is okay to take one step at a time and that self-care comes first, not second.
11 Skills & Attributes
The second part of my personal development plan: 11 Skills & Attributes. This part of the PDP showcases my growth in each skill/attribute. Click on the Personal Development Plan Action Button for evidence (PDP).
Relaying my thoughts and words in a way that expresses how I truly feel is a way I would like to improve my self-awareness. I would like to know exactly why I communicate the way I do and watch how I carefully do it. This is so that I gain perspective on what others perceive me as.
Taking one step at a time every day is my objective when it comes to self-management. When self managing one’s self, there has to be balance and stability. I plan to not tackle all of my goals at once and just develop each and every one gradually. This is so that each goal receives its divided attention in development and improvement.
Knowing that I care about people and that I am willing to cater to people is a pathway for me to build relationships. Building relationships is one of my stronger points, but I know that it is not perfect, and I am going to continue to improve on it so by accepting criticism and experiencing it.
Being an officer on the Philippine Student Association’s Board, communication skills were put in intense practice. I know that although e-mail discussions, one on ones and meetings allowed exploitation of improving communication skills, I did not participate as much as I wanted to. My objective is to always communicate whether it is small information or large information.
Practicing my ethics will guide me towards being a true leader. Because it is such a heavy practice, I plan to improve on believing in my morals and being who I am as a person. If I am not who I am in such ethical situations, my integrity would not be exercised, and I want to exercise my integrity to the fullest.
Again, team development is a skill that I am aiming towards developing and mastering. It is an aspect I believe is critical to becoming a true leader. Working on a team gives me the chance to be a role model and to be looked up to. My objective for team development is to be on a team and work as a team player.
Promoting change as a leader is a challenge, especially when a team relies on tradition. It is going to take every team member to believe in me and that I know who I am and what I want. I feel that integrity plays a huge part in leading change because you have to be yourself in order to lead change. That’s what makes it more special and unique.
Program and Project Effectiveness
In order to execute a program well, the project must be very clear and well defined in its goals. I plan to build my leadership by looking at the purpose of the project so that it becomes a well rounded program. If there are no goals and purpose of the project, there will be no effectiveness towards people who are willing to participate in a program.
This skill is one I am not fully aware of, and it is a skill that encompasses many other systems as a whole. My objective for this skill is to attend workshops that focus on systems thinking so that I can solve problems more efficiently as a whole rather than an individual.
An important aspect of the definition of a leader, community building is one way to expose myself towards my development. U of I is a community itself, and my goal is to target the smaller communities and build relationships with them. This is so that every community receives its divided attention from me and that their opinions matter.
Sustainability is very important to me, so to sustain leadership is a long term process that will be challenging for me. My objective is to involve myself in activities that will explore my leadership skills such as volunteering, working, and my Filipino culture. I would pursue to become a leader even in my filipino community back at Chicago so that I become a role model for the younger filipinos out there.
Personal Development Plan
January 26th, 2013
My first I-program was a very memorable one. Not only was it the starting point of understanding my own leadership values, I learnt about being true to yourself most importantly. Integrity is the value I believe in the most. From attending this program, I have learnt concepts of integrity, ethics and morals. I believe in following your true self because there is nothing that you are not doing wrong if you stay true to yourself. In the ethical leadership portion of the program, we analyzed different ethical dilemmas, and the different perspectives on tackling the situation. I learnt that as long as you understand each of the dilemmas consistently, you display your morals and your integrity well. We also looked into the models of ethical decision making which explained that every aspect should be looked over to make sure your decision is true to yourself. I represent integrity everywhere I go and in everything that I do. When I do my homework, I am always making sure that I write down what I have to do in my planner. When I go to work, I make sure that my attitude is positive and stays consistent. And especially in a leadership role, it is important to keep your character and integrity to those who follow you because consistency is key to managing a system well. When applying to jobs, I am definitely going to keep in mind about my integrity, and I have to be true to myself during my future career. Now when every opportunity comes my way, I always think of my integrity first. The reason I do is because if I am not myself in anything that I do, I will not be successful. I want to be success in everything that I do, and it starts with being true to myself.
May 13, 2013
Who knew that instead of focusing more on improving your weaknesses, you can focus on improving your strengths? Insight helped me understand how to self-manage and self reflect my skills as a leader. I learnt to observe my own behaviors and how it affects the way I lead myself and others to different scenarios. I discovered old and new talents about myself and how it empowers me to use my talents in a positive way. For example, one of my talents is that I always plan ahead. This enables me to be a quick thinker and to anticipate situations quickly in case anything goes awry. Insight has taught me that there’s more than just knowing what your strengths are. It is also knowing how you received your strength and why you do have such strengths to become a leader. Strengths, values, self-reflection are all important especially in my extracurriculars. This program has proven to me that there are also many other identities that are just as important as mine. I learnt from other participants in this program that their identities matter so much in our society. It has made me come to believe in myself more. I am a growing person, and I am always learning something new about how my values can lead others and their values to positive change. Self reflection has helped me appreciate my values so much more, and I tell those who do struggle to self reflect. The time given to yourself is most important, and you learn something more about yourself that you can eventually share with others in a leadership position. I believe that the more you know about yourself, the more confident you are in portraying your integrity to others who choose to lead or follow. This I believe is what I gained from Insight, and I do hope to portray that knowledge to others.
October 18, 2014
Ignite was one of the most challenging I-programs I attended. Ignite focused a lot on organizational development - discovering how to initiate, lead and sustain change initiatives in organizations. Coming into this program, I had a sufficient amount of knowledge with organizational development because I have been a board member for an RSO called PSA for about two years. It has improved my systems thinking, how I collaborate with other organizations to achieve one goal, and to tackle complex issues. But I knew that being a board member was just the beginning, and that when faced in the real world, I will be dealing with more systems, authorities and professionals. That is when I realized that I needed to learn more about the techniques to applying systems thinking towards diverse groups and to engage in the community by forming coalitions. In this program, I had to focus on Pat Basu’s narrative, and how he used systems thinking in order to work well with diverse fields. I learnt that he focused on the smaller systems before coming to a consensus in order to solve a problem. He even created a system of interaction between different professionals. I learnt that you have to know what the system is from the inside out in order to make a positive change. Up to now, I still believe in many changes that should be implemented in the RSO I am still currently a board member of. The three keys to creating organizational change are systems thinking, identifying stakeholders and coalition building. I have learnt to apply this to PSA. First, I have to make sure that I understand the different systems such as each position, what they do and why they do it. Identifying stake holders are our general members, our board members, and even the community and all its resources. Lastly, coalition building is done through APAC, the Asian Pacific American coalition, where we collaborate with other APAC organizations under the umbrella of other organizations.
February 28th, 2015
I remember one day during my sophomore year when I was in an Illini Union meeting room for my RSO. Next door, I noticed that there was an Imprint program going on. I thought, “I wish I went to that program” Here I am, reflecting on my experience at Imprint, and I could not believe it. This time, the program was held in the ABC rooms of the Illini Union. This comes to show how the program grew from housing possibly 20 leaders to about 300. Out of all the I-programs I attended, Imprint was definitely the most important to attend before graduating. It was as if every I-program I attended mattered in this one. The maturity level of every person I met that day was at a high standard. The professionalism of every alumni guest inspired me to go out and network some more. Even Pat Basu was there in person, and I was just reading about his biography when I attended Ignite. The alumni showed me that leading is a process, and that with patience, listening, and productiveness, you can go anywhere. This program definitely focused on how to transition from graduating to the real world. I learnt about how personal transitions could affect your own future. There are two independent systems, the emotional and rational brain, that may modify your behavior in that transition. These two systems need balance for successful change. I also learnt more about branding, and that you have to carry your own brand with you so that people know and understand how you work. Finally, the program ended with the topic of networking. We evaluated on our personal network, and we also learnt some tips and tricks on how to network efficiently. Before the networking session, one of the goals I hoped to accomplish during the program was to ask as many questions as possible. I asked a lot about interview tips, and that it is very important to know your work culture. After Imprint, I became more aware and knowledgeable about applying to jobs which I am currently doing right now. I highly vision myself carrying the skills I learnt during Imprint throughout my professional career path.
This class, along with the teachings of Don Hardin have wholeheartedly taught me the role of leadership as a coach. There were so many aspects of leadership in coaching that I would not have known if it were not for this class. The class brought in many diverse coaches who shared their stories of how they have effectively led their teams to bring out the best in every competition. They also introduced their own coaching philosophies to the class, which I found to be very helpful when I had to develop my own philosophy at the end of the course. A coaching philosophy is a statement that any coach abides and holds true to when coaching. The reason every coach has a coaching philosophy is because it keeps them stable and consistent when coaching. With every coach, there is a coaching philosophy, and I have created my own after I took this class. One point from the course material that I should have in mind when abiding by my coaching philosophy is self-awareness. Before exhibiting and executing any values I listed, I have to be self aware of who I am, what I want and how I will do it. Another point that really affected me from learning throughout this course is the nutrition and dieting portion. Health is a very important factor in your athletes, and promoting that by having integrity, trust, actively listening to your athletes about their health issues and being humble about their choices even though you want to lead them to the right direction. I want that door of openness with my athletes so that I am not afraid to listen and that they are not afraid to voice their opinions so that in the future, they become future leaders of themselves and have set values they abide by.
I believe it is vital for every student at U of I to attend an intro to leadership class. AGED 260 delved into the topic of leadership, and how there are many theories supporting leadership according to Northouse. My definition of leadership continues to change as I develop my own sense of leadership. So far, I define leadership as a relationship between the leader and its followers so that a goal could be accomplished in a positive manner. One concept that enlightened my current view on leadership has to be process leadership. Process leadership is an interaction with the leader and its followers. It also implies that leadership cannot happen with out another. For example, a leader cannot exhibit leadership with out its followers and vice versa. this concept also shows that leadership is interchangeable between the two, so leaders have potential to be followers and followers have potential to be leaders. The second concept that drove my current definition of leadership is the five bases of power concept. This concept describes that there are five bases of power in leadership. One specific power is called coercive power, which is power that uses force to effect change, and it usually involves threats and negativity. This is a type of power that I highly am against when it comes to using it in leadership. I feel that leadership is a positive motive, and optimism is key to accomplishing a goal between the leader and its followers.
With my current definition, I hope to develop many areas of my leadership. One is to allow my followers to emerge as leaders when ever they want. Every one has the potential to be a leader, and their potential will help me take a step back and witness their accomplishments. Another area that I would like to develop is the positivity that I bring into my leadership style. I wish for no coerciveness and more optimistic motives toward a common goal between myself and followers. This idea will better communication and the bond that we have so that our leadership could be easily interchangeable.
Beckwith Residential Support Services
Since I initially chose the pre-occupational therapy track during freshman year, I wanted to involve myself with experiences that would build my resume. That's when I decided to apply for the personal assistant position over the summer before sophomore year. The personal assistant position at the Beckwith Residential Support Services is a very worthwhile and amazing university student job. First of all, I work with students with disabilities, and they are students just like us. This position allows me to look into a different and new perspective because I myself never knew what or how these students lived here on campus. Second, the hours are very flexible, and this employment understands that academics come first. Currently, I work with two students: Maddi and Mary. They are two wonderful and inspiring students who push me when I feel that I cannot do anything anymore. They always make me realize that life is too short and that it also should not be taken for granted. Because I also assist them with their activities of daily living, I have learnt to grow with patience as well, and that was probably the most challenging obstacle to overcome. For example, they instruct me to change their clothes, take them to the washroom, and it takes two to do teamwork for this position. I know that I have grown as a person because of being a personal assistant for these ladies because I see myself as a better person in many situations. After writing this reflection, I realized that graduation is coming my way, and that my work with you both will end soon. First of all, I want to thank you ladies so much for changing me. Second, I know what I want now, and you have given me the chance to share that to others. Lastly, I am happy to be myself around you two and to the rest of the world out there.
Philippine Student Association
Filipina-American is what I am, but that did not stop me from seeking more. I did not know who I was coming into college, but Quad Day changed that. The Philippine Student Association booth drew my attention because I knew that I could follow a community. But throughout my years in PSA, I not only followed. I lead as well. I ran for officer twice as an Alumni Chair and FACT Coordinator. I was also a cultural dancer for our Barkada group, and we won first place my senior year. While I was in these positions, I worked with 15+ other people who wanted to make a change in the Filipino community. As a board, we come up with a theme based on PSA’s mission statement. When I was on board, our theme was Ating Laban: Rising Beyond. Ating Laban meant “our fight” and as a board even though there will be continuous struggles, we figure out the problems collectively. In the end altogether, we strived to spark the minds of others on Filipino culture and awareness. To further my endeavors of finding my identity, I traveled across the country to Filipino-American conferences in order to build my network and to represent myself as one of the leaders of the next generation. If it was not for what I have learnt in PSA, I would not believe in educating those with current news and issues about the Filipino community. I have begun to embrace the Filipino culture by empowering the individual with knowledge that is sought out by the real world. I truly believe in myself as a future leader for Filipino Americans out there, and I want to continue such a leadership role through non profit organizations such as UniPro. PSA has taught me that I can never stop in what I am doing because it will influence others to step up to the plate.