LAS is required to take the class Introduction to Leadership Education or LDR 100. Around the end of the semester for our final project as a class, we were assigned to small groups consisting of 8-9 members and were given a book to read that pertains to Leadership, and then had to present in front of the class about that book. My group consisted of Sadie, Markus, Jazmin, Emily, Abby, and Blake. The book we were assigned was called Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatwzis, and Annie McKee. This book introduced the phrase “emotional intelligence” and that since a leader is the strongest influence on the collective emotions of a group of people, it is the leader’s responsibility to change the emotions of the group in a positive way. I really enjoyed learning throughout this book that to be leader just doesn’t take strong leadership qualities, it takes personal feeling and emotions to impact the way people will get tasks done. One mood can set the whole tone of the group and could dramatically affect the way people get the job done.
Each member in our group presented key elements from the book in a powerpoint, and we did a group activity with the whole class. We split the room up into two groups; one side of the room went outside and the other side stayed in the classroom. We had two group facilitators for each room, portraying different attitudes when speaking to the groups. We asked them simple questions like, “What do you want to do before you die?”, and “What values are most important to you?” The facilitators outside were very positive and uplifting when talking setting the mood the way a leader should. The facilitators inside were very rude and arrogant while speaking to the class. We wanted to show how a person’s attitude can affect the entire groups way of thinking and feeling. Overall, I took numerous ideas and thoughts out of this book that I can use for the future when improving my leadership skills.