6 Leadership Lessons Learned From The Eagle Scholars Program

6 Leadership Lessons Learned From The Eagle Scholars Program

A glimpse at what makes a good leader

The Eagle Scholars Program is a two-year Leadership and Professional Development Program at Liberty University. According to their mission statement:

"The Eagle Scholars Program provides high achieving students the training necessary for personal and professional development to become leaders throughout college and beyond. This program fosters a sense of community, improves academic knowledge, and provides leadership and professional experience."

Having graduated last week from this program, I can personally testify that the Eagle Scholars Program definitely lives up to this statement. Here are a few ways the Eagle Scholars Program has been a major influence in my life:

1. Leaders are good hosts.

Most of us have seen the "leader vs. boss" pictures on Facebook. Well, one thing that differentiates a good leader is that he puts others first. A good leader will be a host to others by caring for them and having fellowship with others.

2. Leaders know networking is indispensable.

After my first two years of college experience, I can testify to the importance of networking. Making meaningful and intentional connections with other people can prove to be a defining ability for a leader. Networking is not to connect with people in case you need them someday; networking is connecting with people to operate more effectively and be of mutual help.

3. Leaders embrace and share vision.

A leader without vision is useless. First, a leader must adopt vision and make the decision to strive for it. Only then is a leader able to share their goals with others in a way that they may also adopt it. As a result, when the whole team shares in the same vision, the team will be successful and effective.

4. Leaders should aim to be replaced.

By this I don't mean that leaders look to get fired, obviously. What this means is that leaders will raise someone to continue their work after they are gone. Most people are too selfish or proud to want to think of being replaced, but it is actually very important. When the leader is able to pass on the baton to someone he has trained, then the vision can continue to grow and the legacy of what we did as leaders can live on.

5. Leaders need support.

Whether we like it or not, as a leader it is important to admit we can't do everything; we are not Superman. A leader needs a right hand helper that he can trust, a person the leader can talk to. More importantly, a leader needs a close friend for support.

6. Leaders aim high.

Leaders are not afraid to accept the challenge of going big. Aiming toward improvement and higher goals brings out not only a leader's true potential but also that of the team. Do not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and do things you never thought you could do.

Altogether, a leader is someone who cares and is willing to go the extra mile. My time in the Eagle Scholars Program enabled me to put these and other principles into practice. There are many other practical lessons to be learned, but these are a good start and I'm thankful to Eagle Scholars for helping me get here.

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Our Leaders Need A 'Time-Out'

We all learned a few essential rules as children.


As I look watch the news, I can't help but wonder if the lessons we learned as children might not serve our leaders well. They seem to have forgotten these basic lessons. I am reminded of the book by Robert Fulghum "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."

Watch out, hold hands, and stick together.

I think this could be useful in a couple of different contexts. First, the current divisiveness in the country doesn't serve us well. We are first and foremost, a part of the family of humankind. Differences in politics, religion, and so on come in far behind that one important attribute. What happened to the notion of agreeing to disagree?

Second, when leaders get off a plane in another country, they should remember who they came with and who they represent - "watch out, hold hands, and stick together."

Clean up your own mess.

Trump seems to take great pleasure in blaming everyone else for their "mess." The government shutdown was someone else's fault – any Democrat. When the stock market went up, he happily took credit, but when it went down, he quickly shifted gears and placed the blame on the Federal Reserve Chairman. Daily and hourly tweets out of the White House place blame on someone else for his "mess." Sadly, he still likes to blame Obama and Hillary for his mess.

Don't lie.

Politicians have always had a bad reputation when it comes to honesty. Still, the number of lies that we hear from Trump (and members of his staff) is unprecedented even for a politician.

We all learned these lessons when we were little more than five years old. Now more than any time in history I think our leaders need a " time out" to re-learn these lessons.

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