blog posts How My Involvement With The Illinois Leadership Center Transformed My Life Oct 18, 2021 1:15 pm24 views This post talks a bit about the importance the ILC has had on one of our own employee's college experiences. She shares how she got involved with the ILC and where that has gotten her today as she is finishing her time here at the University of Illinois. How to Prioritize our Emotional Wellness Oct 11, 2021 2:15 pm6 views This post talks about the importance of emotional wellness and how to prioritize that in our lives. The post also talks a bit more about recognizing our own emotions, stress management, and emotional intelligence. The Importance of Leadership in a Global Pandemic Jul 7, 2021 1:45 pm1754 views This post highlights the importance of leaders navigating the challenges of COVID-19 and how leadership takes flexibility. The author uses their experience on the Illini Union Board to exemplify the challenges faced. Recognizing my Strengths as a Leader Jul 7, 2021 1:15 pm8 views This post talks about the experience of a Ph.D. student and how the ILC has influenced her journey. Through all the resources offered, she has been able to recognize her strengths as a leader. The Influence of the ILC's Workshops on my Leadership Journey Jul 7, 2021 12:45 pm122 views This post talks about the experience of a fellow student throughout her time on campus and how the workshops helped with her leadership development today. Tips to Develop Yourself Over Summer Apr 21, 2021 2:15 pm48 views This post gives 5 tips on ways to develop yourself over the summer. Summer gives us the opportunity to develop ourselves as we get a break after the long, hectic school year. There are many ways to help develop yourself this summer, but these are just 5 examples. Innovation in Leadership Apr 6, 2021 1:45 pm48 views This post goes into details on Innovation in leadership. It describes what innovation is and ways to embrace innovation in leadership and in our daily lives. Empathy Apr 6, 2021 1:30 pm42 views This post starts by comparing empathy to shoes, displaying a metaphor for being the listener for someone's story. This post also shares a comparison and a way to think of empathy in a different way. Undertaking the Leadership Certificate with a Science PhD Apr 6, 2021 1:15 pm26 views This post shares the experience of a Ph.D. student who also took on the Leadership Certificate Program, offered at the ILC. He talks about his experience, why he decided to do it, and the benefits that came out of the program for him. The Importance of Community to Leadership Practice Mar 30, 2021 1:15 pm1016 views This post explains the importance of community in leadership and guides you through different ways to be a leader in a community. Sustainability in Leadership Mar 16, 2021 2:00 pm126 views This post goes into depth on sustainability in leadership and emphasizes the importance of it. What does it mean to be an ethical leader? Mar 16, 2021 1:30 pm41 views This post shares ways to be an ethical leader and practice integrity as a leader in our every day. The author shares some personal stories as well on the topic of integrity. The Power of Integrity Mar 16, 2021 1:15 pm27 views This post talks about power of integrity and what makes it so important in life and leadership. The Shared "We" Mar 2, 2021 1:30 pm26 views This post goes into detail on the importance of Common Purpose in Leadership and how practicing this competency will make you a great leader. How My Experience at The LeaderShape® Institute™ Shaped My Understanding of Social Justice Feb 16, 2021 1:00 pm28 views The LeaderShape® Institute™ was a great opportunity to learn more about social justice and hear from different viewpoints. My time at The LeaderShape® Institute™ was very influential and I wanted to share how it helped my viewpoint of social justice. Student Employment Reflections Jan 26, 2021 3:15 pm12 views Student employees at the Illinois Leadership Center share their experience while working at the ILC as well as some benefits to their positions. Information on student employment for the 2021-2022 school year is also shared. One Question to Answer Before Deciding Your Career Path Jan 26, 2021 2:45 pm2 views Remember the saying that we all wanted to believe as kids? You can be anything you want to be when you grow up. One of the best ways to end up in the kind of career that earns you respect, recognition, success, and happiness is to do more of what you're good at. Click the title to read this article by Jessica Buono from Gallup with CliftonStrengths, one of the programs presented at the ILC! Reflections: Being a Student Leader in a Pandemic and Lessons Learned Dec 14, 2020 9:30 am7430 views This post provides reflections from UIUC students on this past Fall semester and how they felt about the changes and transition to online classes. Human Dignity in Leadership Nov 30, 2020 11:00 am692 views This post explains the importance of one of the ILC's competencies, human dignity, and how it is important in leadership. The Role of Relationship Management in Leadership Nov 10, 2020 9:30 am793 views This post emphasizes the importance of relationship management in leadership. It goes into detail on ways to practice, understand, and learn from relationship management as a leader. Why YOU should consider the Leadership Studies Minor Oct 27, 2020 9:45 am190 views This post explains more information on the Leadership Studies Minor and gives student perspectives on the minor itself. National Make a Difference Day Oct 20, 2020 10:30 am40 views National Make a Difference Day focuses on aspects of service in our community. This post goes into more detail about the day and introduces the topic of servant leadership. The Importance of Diversity in Leadership Oct 20, 2020 9:15 am36 views This post discusses the importance of diversity in concepts of leadership and areas of life. A Call to Action: Social Change in our Leadership Oct 13, 2020 9:15 am53 views This post goes into detail about what the Social Change Model of Leadership is and how we can use it in our every day lives with relation to leadership. The Effectiveness of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership Oct 6, 2020 10:15 am114 views Since October is Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month, this post goes into detail on the importance of emotional intelligence and how to effectively use it in leadership. How Leaders Communicate Effectively Sep 22, 2020 10:30 am59 views Communication is something key in leadership as well as our everyday lives. This post goes into more detail on communication and gives some great advice on how to effectively use communication in different areas. The Importance of Self-Improvement for Leaders Sep 17, 2020 12:00 pm9798 views September is self-improvement month. This post goes into detail on what self-improvement is, how it is important for leaders and shares a personal connection to self-improvement. The National Day of Encouragement- What is it? Sep 12, 2020 9:30 am18 views This post goes into depth on the National Day of Encouragement, a day that recognizes the importance of encouragement in our everyday lives. It'll go into more detail on the history, facts, and ways to increase the use of encouragement in your lives. Organizing for Social Change: An Interview with a First-Timer Jun 12, 2020 11:45 am112 views I first met Paul Saban at the 2019 session of the Institute by LeaderShape. When Paul informed me that he was organizing a demonstration for Black Lives Matter in his hometown in Monticello, I decided that I would interview him about his experience following the demonstration. This was his first time organizing an event of this kind. The demonstration was held in the main square of Monticello, Illinois on Saturday, June 6. Donaldson Gift to the Illinois Leadership Center Makes History Jun 8, 2020 9:15 am0 views The Illinois Leadership® Center (ILC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received the largest outright gift in the history of Student Affairs at Illinois with a $1.17 million gift from Jane and William (“Bill”) Donaldson. Jump Start Your Career with Leadership Apr 16, 2020 8:00 pm121 views This blog post highlights the importance of leadership and how it can positively influence your career readiness. Leadership is about constantly learning and to do this you must seek out experiences that will enhance your life design. The Illinois Model of Leadership Apr 16, 2020 3:00 pm57 views Through a campus-wide initiative involving faculty, staff, and student participants, the ILC developed The Illinois Model of Leadership Education. Learn more about this framework used to inform and shape the practice of the leadership education at Illinois. COVID-19 Updates Apr 16, 2020 1:15 pm9 views As the spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) creates uncertainty and concerns both globally and here in our community, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign continues to monitor developments and to take any new actions that are warranted as new information emerges in this rapidly changing situation. Click here for information and updates about the impact of the COVID-19 virus on our university. My Definition of Leadership Apr 15, 2020 11:30 pm6060 views I go into detail on what I believe is the true definition of leadership and how this reflects all the good leaders in our lives. I also give my perspective on the definition of leadership. Why Leadership is Important to Me (And for You!) Apr 15, 2020 11:00 pm97 views In this post I talk about a personal experience from high school that was a foundational piece of my experience in becoming a leader. I use this as an example of why leadership is important to me by describing how I came to view myself as a leader and the impact I have had on others as a result. Challenges You Need To Encounter As A Leader Apr 15, 2020 5:00 pm42 views Leaders have the power to control people to do what they want. However, being a leader is not easy. He or she needs to face many challenges to build a strong, healthy working relationship with employees. What Actually Makes a Good Leader, May Not Be What You Think... Apr 15, 2020 12:00 am101 views We are always asked the question, "what makes a good leader?" Through all the different studies and approaches learned, I discovered what I believe makes a good leader and it may not be what you think. What is the Hardest Part About Being Good Leader? Apr 15, 2020 12:00 am2184 views In this article, I discuss what I find to be the hardest part of being a leader. The pressure to please all parties is a challenge that can be burdensome and serve to degrade a leader's confidence in their ability. I discuss this topic from my perspective and experiences. Being a Leader in the Advertising Industry Apr 14, 2020 12:00 am70 views This blog sums up the leadership qualities necessary for success when working in an advertising agency. It teaches college students how to prepare for the industry by being mindful of the way they act and work with others.