Being Your Best Self

Devyn Forquer, Newspaper Practicum

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On Wednesday afternoon, eleven students gathered to listen and collaborate on what it takes to become a great leader.

The lecture was enticing from beginning to end.  Conversation was lead by Kristy Goodwin, whose enthusiasm and passion truly shined through while sharing her knowledge of different concepts.

Goodwin discussed topics such as the Johari Window and essential keys to personal development as a leader.

Johari’s window covers different versions of self, visualized in a table, categorized by ‘known’ and ‘unknown’ to self, and ‘known’ and ‘unknown’ to others.  The subcategories feature: open self, blind self, hidden self, and unknown self.

The true reason in examining Johari’s window is discovering who you are.

“If you don’t know who you are, you don’t know what kind of leader you will be,” said Goodwin.

She said the key to personal development, and tracking that development, is journaling.

It is important to keep a record of who you are and how that changes over time, that way, the person journaling can look back and see how they have developed.

Goodwin finished the hour by sharing her personal experience as a leader and how she has grown over the years.

“The one thing about leadership that I’ve noticed, and that I’ve done, is to give back and give more of yourself,” said Goodwin.

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Being Your Best Self