After participating in a leadership event, develop a leadership statement describing what type of leader you would like to be. What leadership qualities do you value? What leadership qualities do you possess? What leadership qualities will you be working on strengthening? What steps are you taking in order to develop your leadership skills? How have you utilized these skills thus far in academia and professional settings?
I want to be the kind of leader that inspires people, who has integrity, has genuine care for his followers, and treats everyone with respect. I value honesty, integrity, strong ethical values, compassion, empathy, ect in a leader. I believe I possess most of the aforementioned traits to varying degrees, obviously I have much to improve on, but a solid base exists. I am taking on formal leadership roles across a variety of student organizations such as the Southeast Asia Club and Student Association to develop my skills. I am also taking on informal leadership by mentoring other students in my Bible study. These leadership skills have allowed me to lead my Southeast Asia Club with success this year and has helped me get an internship this summer.
When I was an extern with Barry-Callabaut through the Honors Program, I was able to meeting and network with many professionals who work in international business. Throughout the course of the week I was able to have multiple informational interviews with people to learn more about their careers and how they got there. The most memorable interview I had was with a VP of the company. He gave me great advice for how to continue as a newcomer to the market place and what style of education to pursue. He told me that if I stayed the course with what I was doing, I would do great. He also cautioned against immediately getting an MBA because in the business world, experience is valued more than higher education.
What are some of the skills you have obtained thus far that will prepare you for internships or for work in a professional environment? What skills to you intend on strengthening? How have you utilized these skills thus far in academia and professional settings?
I have obtained great people skills from my extensive travels and from my experiences here at NIU. I am able to communicate comfortably and clearly in a wide variety of social settings and across multiple languages. With these skills I will be able to thrive in an international business internship as communication and cultural understanding are critical. When working in a professional environment, a person must be sensitive enough to pick up on social clues but also confident enough to make you opinions heard in a respectful manner. Fortunately, I have had extensive experience in both of these areas by studying abroad and also interacting with alumni and student groups here on campus.
I would like to strengthen my oratory abilities so that I feel more at ease when giving presentations and during meetings. I will work towards this goal by presenting research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research this upcoming April. I have used all the aforementioned skills here at NIU in running the Southeast Asia Club as its president, making presentations on a wide variety of topics in classes, welcomed international students to NIU, and lastly through my study abroad experiences with the university.
Over the past five weeks I have gained many new skills and valuable information pertinent to my future career. I have gained a better understanding of what it means to do academic research. I learned how to navigate the difficulties and frustrations when the project does not progress on schedule, however, I have also learned how to better manage my time. This opportunity has allowed me to develop a deeper understanding of Indonesia and how it has become the nation it is today. In the future, I will be able to apply this knowledge to my career and once I return to Indonesia for travel, work, or just to visit old friends. Thank you very much John and Cassandra McKearn for providing me with this incredible opportunity this summer. I am very grateful for all the skills I have developed and the knowledge I have gained that would not have come to fruition without your generous support.
This past weekends excursion to St. Louis was absolutely incredible! I was able to build stronger relationships with the other fellows as well as the administrative team of the program. Being able to communicate and interact outside of the heavily structured academic interactions at NIU was very rewarding and enjoyable. I was most excited to meet the McKearns at long last, but I also felt slightly nervous. Once we were finally able to meet them, all of my anxiety melted away because they are the most friendly and welcoming people. Hearing about their lives and experiences was by far the highlight of the weekend. They have inspired me to give back to the NIU community in any way I can, whether it be through volunteering or joining new clubs and programs. I feel that the McKearn Program has prepared me well for all of the excursions this weekend. I was able to discuss my research confidently and at length with anyone who wanted to know more about it. This program has provided me with the confidence and leadership abilities to feel comfortable outside my comfort zone through excursions such as those provided this weekend.The excursions that were planned during our trip were a lot of fun and very informational. Although I am not studying the sciences, all of the information presented at the Danforth Science Center and the BioGenerator was interesting and understandable. As one last treat, we were all able to enjoy a Cardinals game together before going home. Overall, this weekend would not have been possible without the hard work of many exceptional people. I would like to personally thank the McKearns, Provost Dr. Freeman, Vice Provost Dr. Birberick, Joe Matty, and Jason Goode for making this St. Louis trip such a memorable experience!
Shannon’s Wapole’s presentation on Responsible Conduct in Research showed me that researchers must be very careful in how they conduct their research or else they may run into a whole slew of problems. If not conducted with the utmost care, research could be tainted with personal biases, rivalries among colleagues for credit, or even faulty data collection. In the business world, ethics plays a massive role in the way a business is run. If a company is not ethical, customers will not use their services and the business will fail. For this reason, ethics is one of the most important factors in making business decisions. The most common ethical question to arise in the business world is competing interests. Before a major decision is made all parties must be scrutinized to see if any ulterior motive exists other than explicitly stated. A deal could be made, or not made, in order to benefit one’s interests over the interests of the group if they have any dealings on the side. This issue is dealt with by looking into all interested parties backgrounds before making any deal. The business world requires a high level of personal integrity as well to combat this issue. In my personal research one challenge I will face is maintaining an impartial status while the research is in progress. I will need to reserve my own personal judgement until all the evidence has been examined and a result discovered. The United States and Indonesia are both countries which I love, but in this research, neither can be given an advantage over the other. I will remain impartial by frequently discussing my findings with my mentor and contrast those findings with other sources.