PL Specific Reflection Questions: Leadership
“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
1. Whom are
you leading? Whom are you following? Consider these questions in the context of
your Odyssey experience and in
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?
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.
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,
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well it may be the devil or it may be
But you’re gonna have to serve
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?