Leadership at its Best! - Northern Illinois University

November 14, 2011
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 Monthly Reports for Nov and Dec
 Thanksgiving break (No practicing on
Campus Recreation (CR) facilities)
 Officer Meeting – Wrapping Up the Fall
 November 29, 2011 @ 5:00pm
 At the end of the workshop, participants will
be able to:
 Define leadership in their own terms.
 Identify their personality color via the True Colors
 Identify at least three strengths and weaknesses
as outlined in the True Colors Assessment
 Describe the importance of a well-planned,
smooth officer transition
 List at least three needed steps to take when
transferring leadership.
What is Leadership?
 What does leadership mean to you?
 Process of social influence in which one
person can enlist the aid and support of
others in the accomplishment of a common
 Ability to lead: the ability to guide, direct, or
influence people
What is Leadership?
 Notable Leaders:
Winston Churchhill
Martin Luther King Jr.
Nelson Mandela
Roger Goodell
Michael Jordan
Mark Cuban
Jerry Reinsdorf
Phil Jackson
 Leaders in Movies
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQerL6YmxR8&feature=related
 Created by Lowry in 1978
 Four colors represent key personality types
 Blue – Compassionate
 Orange – Spontaneous
 Gold – Responsible
 Green – Conceptual
 Each color has particular strengths and each analyzes,
conceptualizes, understands, interacts, and learns
 These differences, if not acknowledged and understood,
can become barriers to interpersonal communication.
True Colors Assessment
 Answer each of the 40 questions truthfully.
 Scale:
0 – Never
1 – Seldom
2 - Sometimes
3 – Often
4 – Most of the time
5 – Always
 Add up the total in each section and place the
section total on the line provided.
 Your color is the item with the highest score.
 It is possible to have 2 or 3 “colors”
Leadership Personalities
 Values (What’s important to you)
 Joys (What makes you happy)
 Strengths (What you are best at)
 Needs (What you need in everyday life)
 Stresses/Frustrations (What upsets you)
Leadership Personalities
 Example: Orange personalities value fun and
adventure. They are best at taking action and having
a lot of energy. Common frustrations orange
personalities have is waiting, unnecessary routine,
and lack of money.
 Example: Blue personalities value friendship and
harmony of the group. They enjoy developing
relationships and usually have a passion for music.
Blue personalities tend to be very creative as well as
great communicators. Blue personalities tend to get
frustrated when there is disharmony or uncaring in
the group.
Leadership Personalities
 Example: Gold personalities are perfectionists
that are honest and prefer loyalty above all else.
They are responsible, organized, and committed
to the group. They need a stable environment
and need to remain organized to function.
 Example: Green personalities value intelligence.
The enjoy high achievement, recognition of
ideas, and performing. Their strengths are
problem-solving and confidence. Green
personalities need “just the facts” and accuracy.
Leadership Personalities
 Why is it important to understand your color
 Why is it important to understand others’
colors (personality)?
 How does that information help when leading
your club?
I know what color I am… Now what?
 How does your leadership traits affect other
club members?
 How you view yourself?
 How others view you? (That are the same color)
 How others view you? (That are another of the 3
I know what color I am… Now what?
 What is the dynamic of the group if it
composed of different color (s) (Orange, Blue,
Green, Gold) individuals?
 What are some possible challenges?
 What are some possible successes?
 What steps do you take as a leader to create
After the workshop…
 Read through the rest of the handout.
 Gives insight to the following:
 Dominant leadership traits for each color
 How different colors may see themselves
 How others may see the different colors
 Keys to Success
 How each color esteems themselves
 And more!
True Colors Activity
 What stood out as you were going through
this activity?
 How can you use this to guide your
interactions/relationships with members of
your club?
 What did you learn about yourself?
What does your club need in
a leader?
 Differs by Club
 Defined by Club Constitution usually
“Lead By Example”?
Welfare of Group above individuals?
Good judgment?
Giving others in the group a voice?
 Why any of these?
Transferring Leadership
 One of the most important steps in being a
club leader
 Being able to hand the reigns over to new
 Club constitution should aid in this process
 Process should be gradual
 i.e. Officer Elections in January, New officers
shadow current officers from January to May. New
officers begin their position in May.
Transferring Leadership
 What do you think is important to
teach/instruct/inform new officers BEFORE they
take over?
Duties and Responsibilities (To club, CR, and SA)
Required functions (Paying bills, dues to
Governing Bodies, etc…)
 What else?
Transferring Leadership
 The successful transition from outgoing to new leadership is
vital to the continuing successful operation of the club. The
following steps must be taken by the outgoing and incoming
officers to insure a successful transition:
 Turnover of all club records.
 Inventory of all club equipment.
 Review all forms including last year’s budget allocations and end
of year report.
 Inform new officers:
 Expectations from the club, CR, and Northern Illinois University
 Policies and Procedures for the club and CR (Sport Club
 New paperwork that needs to be submitted to SA and Campus
Recreation (Officer Changes, CR Paperwork)
First Follower: Leadership
Lesson from Dancing Guy
Leadership: Best defined as
always being the leader of the
 Questions?
 Evaluations

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