leadership in your career/community

30 Jan

Judge Griffith spoke about the importance of remembering the “least” among us. Describe how you can apply this concept in your leadership role today in BYUSA. Also, describe how you intend to apply this focus on the “least” in the future as you serve in leadership roles.
When Judge Griffith spoke about remembering “the least of these, my brethren,” it was in the context of remembering the poor and the needy that others would esteem as unimportant and lowly. However, in my role in BYUSA, I think it means a lot more than that. There are students who come in every day that I will never personally benefit from. For whatever reason, our jobs never intersect, their service never relates to my needs, etc., they simply will not play a role in my life. Circumstances such as these are a choice, and remembering “the least of these” involves taking time to remember these students who do not directly benefit me, because I can potentially directly benefit them. Leaders are servants of the people, not masters. If I am to remember “the least of these,” I must serve them and not wait to be served.
I have learned a lot from watching Ryan this year. He is incredibly busy, but he will always take the time to talk to anyone who needs an ear, some advice, or a friend. He takes the time to notice those who simply wish to be noticed, and that makes all the difference to that one person. That, to me, is the pure love of Christ. A program director will never necessarily make or break his job, but it never was about the job. It’s always been about the person.
That principle is one of the greatest lessons I will take with me from this experience. In future roles, I will never prioritize a task above an individual. The Lord isn’t watching my accomplishments as closely as He is watching the needs of others.

Judge Griffith talked about how we learn what God wants us to learn from listening to those who speak to us through talks, lessons and home teaching. Please describe how it is possible to learn from those who might not have the same level of education. Identify and describe a time in your life when you have learned from an individual with a differing educational background.
At FOL 2010, I was extremely humbled. I was 19 with no idea what I was doing, and my co-mentor was a fantastic, experienced, wonderful leader. I felt extremely inadequate and foolish for thinking I could do a good job leading these freshmen.
At FOL 2011, I was again extremely humbled. I was paired with someone who had never been to FOL before, and I just knew that I was more experienced than him. I had been in BYUSA for two whole months already, so I figured that I had more authority than him when it came to administrative aspects of being a peer mentor. After about a day of being stupid, I realized that there was no way I would be a good peer mentor for these incoming BYU freshmen if my example to them was that experience dictated worth. My co quickly outshone me and I saw so many great things from his example, his teaching, and the way he interacted with our kids. He was kind, fun, happy, and genuine.
It didn’t matter one bit that my co wasn’t as familiar with the program, because he knew why he was there. He knew how to help the kids. After I realized that, I spent a lot of time listening to him and trying to help him instead of trying to beat him. I had been more concerned with making sure the kids knew how cool I was, but I changed my focus from making sure they had a cool peer mentor to making sure they had a good experience. I turned outward, and because of that, my experience was much different.
Our “differing educational backgrounds” meant a lot less to my co-peer mentors each year than it did to me. Experiences are intended to distinguish us from one another, because that allows us to learn new principles from each other.


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