The following values are focused on you as an individual. By developing in these areas, you will be better prepared to serve as a leader in groups and the greater society.
Consciousness of Self refers to the need for individuals to be self-aware. Individuals who are self-aware can articulate their values, strengths, weaknesses, interests, and talents. As a leader, you must have a strong sense of who you are as a person and understand the underlying values and assumptions that guide your actions. Many students find that their college years provide the opportunity to really explore their passions, define their values for themselves, and begin to consider how their talents can be used to enact a positive change in the community.
Congruence refers to thinking and acting in a way that reflects your values. The phrase “walk the talk” is one way to understand congruence. Ask yourself if your actions are consistent with the values that you espouse to others? During college, you may be pressured by your peers to engage in activities that do not mesh with your values – this is a direct challenge to Congruence. People are looking for leaders who will stand up for the things they believe in despite outside pressures. Are you someone who stands up for your beliefs?
Commitment is the internal drive and passion that motivates you to devote your time and energy to a particular cause or issue. Commitment is a very personal aspect of leadership development because it is different for each person. The causes or issues that excite one leader to work towards a change in one area may have little influence on the actions of another leader. While you are in college, take the time to really consider what motivates you in your life. What subjects or issues do you feel compelled to represent? How might your passion influence your choice of major or career? Are you volunteering your time and energy in areas where you are fully committed or have you signed on for things because your friends pressured you into it?