The Odyssey Program

PL Specific Reflection Questions: Leadership Development

PL Specific Reflection Questions: Leadership Development


 “Leadership Development experiences focus on the development of a student’s unique leadership style as well as enhancing the student’s awareness of group dynamics and the fulfillment of goals through engaging with a group.” (Odyssey Guide)


1.         Whom are you leading? Whom are you following? Consider these questions in the context of your Odyssey experience and in life. 


2.         How would you describe your leadership style? How is it evolving through this experience?


3.         Consider a recent engagement with a group you were leading, how well did the group work together in the formation of both goals and the means to their goals?  What did you do as a leader to make sure everyone in the group had voice and buy-in in the decision-making process?


3.         Consider a time when your leadership was seriously challenged?  How did you handle it?  Do you wish you had handled it differently? Why or why not?


4.         Coming into this experience, what did you think were your primary strengths and weaknesses as a leader?  Is that assessment being challenged or confirmed through this experience? Explain.


5.         Describe at time when failure made you a better leader. What personal characteristics and attitudes does it take to turn failure into a successful learning experience?  How do you help a group learn from failure?


6.         Describe a time when your desire to lead or to achieve a goal made it difficult to act with integrity.  What was that experience like and how have you learned from it?


7.         There are some Bob Dylan lyrics that go like this:


You’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed.

You’re gonna have to serve somebody

Well it may be the devil or it may be the Lord

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.


 What do you think he means and how might his warning apply to your leadership experience?


8.         Think of a leader who has influenced you or whom you admire. How did you emulate this person through this experience? Did you find it challenging to live up to the example set by this person? Who might look up to you as a leader?


9.         What are the primary lessons you have learned from this Odyssey experience about the kind of leader you want to be and the kind of leader you can be?