Normally, I spend my weekends relaxing, hanging out, and doing homework, but this past Saturday I decided to change things up a bit. Along with about forty other students, I participated in a day-long student leadership program called the LeaderShape Catalyst Retreat. I found out about this program somewhere between My INvolvement and the IU Student Association websites.
Recently I've been looking for information about our student organizations around campus because I hope to start a new volunteer organization for this fall, and I was glad to have this chance to reflect on my leadership skills.
The Catalyst Retreat is part of the LEAD IU Student Leader program and the students who attended the retreat this past Saturday had the option of enrolling in and attending three additional lectures to earn one credit hour. With my schedule I was unable to enroll in the class for credit, but I still enjoyed going to the retreat.
There were three main areas of focus which we discussed throughout the retreat: realizing what strengths you have that you can use as a leader, understanding how your method of leadership works in different groups, and then creating a plan for how you hope to be a leader. Overall it was a really interesting day, and LEAD IU provided us with breakfast and lunch! We did different activities individually, in small groups, and as a whole.
Hopefully I will continue to have the opportunity to use my newly re-shaped leadership skills throughout my time here at IU. At some point we are all encouraged to step up and take the lead of a group or situation, and it definitely helps when you have more confidence in your ability as a leader!