Challenge 1: Tension
1. How do you deal best with tension in a stressful situation?
Personally, I find that when caught in a stressful situation, it is helpful to take a step away from the task at hand and reassess it from a more objective perspective. It sometimes becomes easy to get carried away in our emotions when experiencing stress, but often tension can be released simply by looking at the situation with a fresh outlook, and a willingness to accept a certain solution or outcome.
Challenge 2: Frustration
2. What should you do when you find yourself following a leader who is ineffective? How do you continue to add value?
One of the most useful and productive things to do when you find yourself following an ineffective leader is to not concentrate on their weaknesses, but also their strengths, and to constantly appreciate these traits. In addition, the ‘ineffectiveness’ of a leader will only be further perpetrated if their followers do not add value, which can be achieved by contributing their own strengths and skills to balance out the downfalls of the leader. When this arrangement is reached, the areas that the leader may have been ineffective in have been fulfilled in one way or another, which can ease frustration on many levels on the organization.
Challenge 3: Multi-hat
3. How can you determine what “hat” you need to wear in a certain situation?
To decide what role, or “hat” that you should wear in a given situation should depend on whom you are interacting with, as well as the purpose or desire outcome of the situation. People will wear different hats in response to interacting with their boss as opposed to their spouse, as different language and social protocol will change depending on the formality of the relationship. Finally, the purpose of the interaction also affects the hat that one will wear, as one will have to decide what they hope to achieve, whether it be to negotiate, inform, educate, etc.
Challenge 4: Ego
4. Do you tend to focus more on production or promotion?
As a student, promotion (to a higher position) is not a very applicable focus, which has geared my attention more towards production. As in Adventure Trip committees, our positions are already fixed, which leaves more energy to be spent increasing overall productivity within the group.
Challenge 5: Fulfillment
5. What things are most appealing about team success?
Although individual recognition is gratifying because it reaffirms your own personal skills or strengths, the success of a team is something that I find more appealing for a few reasons. First of all, when a team succeeds, it is a feat that can be shared and appreciated among many, which can forge social bonds as well as increase morale. In addition, once a success is reached, the team is able to gain momentum and will become more motivated to succeed in other endeavors in the future.
Challenge 6: Vision
6. How do you relate to and align yourself with your committee’s vision?
To work successfully as a committee, an understanding of the group’s goal, or vision is crucial. To achieve this, I would make sure that am proactive in my duties that relate to the manifestation of the vision, and aware of how they relate to others within the committee.
Challenge 7: Influence
7. What skills will you learn or sharpen to become more competent in your current position?
Especially pertaining to committee work for the Adventure Trip, I hope to improve upon earning influence within my group, and to forge personal connections with other committee members. I find that especially in teenagers, building up a strong relationship with a mutual respect is very important in terms of how far my influence will reach, and once this is established, many other leadership opportunities become available.