Becoming the change.

August 20, 2008

this week is new student orientation at my school and i am an orientation leader. i am the first person some new students will see, meet, talk to, everything. their first impression of pepperdine is me and then its my duty to “lead” them in the right direction. I take them to their dorm, to the caf, to the library, answer questions, give advice and basically just be a friend. It’s weird, I never really thought of myself as the ‘leader type.’ I always thought of it as being kinda stubborn, but never really a leader.

What makes me a leader? What makes me the right person to influence people? Its cool, because never before have I really felt like the leader, or the one people look up too. But this week has shown me, that even a smile is being a leader, having a good attitude is being a leader. I can be a leader in my every day life, without really even realizing it. Sometimes we don’t see the leader we have inside us - but its there, we just have to find it

“Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead.” -Ross Perot

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