That was something I wanted to change because in order to look at the bigger picture, the smaller pieces must also be recognized. It was my first time as a leader as well as being in charge of 130 members. I tried to work with and gave my attention to each individual because they do matter, which helped the group progressed so much. The responsibilities continue to increase as the pressures of being a perfect leader begin to evolve. I was worried that people were criticizing me or blaming me for any small mistakes that I might make, but I realized that I was still a member of the band who was given a leadership position to inspire people with encouragements and positivity.
I am one that is always open to suggestions and feedback so I can better myself and better help the students I work with. Personally, I love reading about other people’s leadership styles because they are so much more experienced than I, and have tried and tested more than one approach before landing on one that works for them. While reading about Coach Wooden’s experiences and the lessons he wanted to share, I also feel I have a new understanding of what it would be like to be a coach. Since I have not coached or been involved with many typical team sports growing up, I don’t have many of the same experiences to relate to as my classmates. Reading this book has helped put in perspective the amount of time, dedication, and skill it takes to work in the world of collegiate coaching.
That summer going into seventh grade I started lessons which got me playing more often and into my middle school’s second band, symphonic, keeping high chairs. There were three combined band in my middle school-awhile I was there. My final year at that school I made top band, wind ensemble, I had a good chair but looking back I could have worked harder to get higher-I was 6th out of 9 clarinets that year. I feel my chair did not give me justice but at the
I worried I wouldn't be able to control them or that they wouldn't respect me. What I learned as we went throughout the season together, is that the most important aspect of leadership isn't them respecting me, it is me respecting them. I learned to appreciate each team member for their contributions to our team, and because of this was more able to deal with problems involving each of them, and we all became closer because of it. In addition to being shy by nature, I am also not a very happy person. My favorite feeling is being content, which is hard to express.
I have marched with the Pride of the Hill band since my Freshman year, and experienced some marching in eighth grade, and it isn’t as easy as it seems. I remember watching my siblings march when they were in high school and I was still in primary and intermediate, and I used to think that it looked easy and that it wasn’t really a sport or anything. But after experiencing it myself I realized the amount of work you put into it, the teamwork needed to accomplish things, and the competitions where you hope that all of the hard work, from band camp in the summer, the early morning practices during the week, and the Thursday night rehearsals during the
One lesson that I learned regarding future team experiences is that a team name and a contract are crucial. This was also my first time creating a Gantt chart and I intend to use them in all my future team projects, it’s a great way to stay organized and make sure everything is on track. A contract cuts down on confusion, I have had way too many team projects where the consequences of not participating were unclear, some team members had no idea what their responsibilities were, who was in charge of what parts, when team meetings were, and when team due dates were. For previous team projects, I always tried to create an outline, but a contract and a Gantt chart really helped tremendously and I realized that the starting/planning stages of any team are crucial to the long-term success of a team. I also learned the importance of how my attitude during a training could influence the trainees’.
Having a senior show is a very hard experience, but it is incredibly rewarding. I feel like my show was a huge success and I only had a few minor hiccups along the way. One of the hiccups would be that I bought some frames to early. I had an idea of how I would hang and display my work early on so I went ahead and bought some frames early. However, when I discussed my idea with a member of my committee they did not like it and gave me a much better idea of how to hang my work.
In my last years of scouting I had maintained more of a leadership role within the troop than a scout role, and she and many of the other girls, scouts and leaders alike, were thrilled at my return. However, this would be my first position in the organization as a full leader with all the responsibilities and expectations that go along with it. I felt apprehensive at first, especially considering how young my troop would be - Daisies, from kindergarten to first grade. My three co-leaders, Vicki, and I all met a couple weeks prior to the first meeting to begin planning for the year. Arts and crafts meetings tempted all of us, but we had to schedule at least some events that would relate to the curriculum of our “journey,” involving animals and pet care.
My baritone student made the band, one of my French horns made an alternate seat, and one of my trumpets made an alternate seat. I was extremely proud of them for making it even though I still did not make district. That week was the week I also decided I wanted to become a band director because watching the kids progress with my help and listen so intently to my advice and need my help and support made me feel really good. This year is my final year to try out for district and I am going to give it my all again with the highest hopes of making it, but I am also going to try my hardest to help the freshman in my section again to make it and help anyone else who wants or needs help with audition
I was astonished that all the other were “not-good-enough”. I felt underappreciated, I decided to do only what I was expected to removing all additional activities and ideas related to my job. I felt a void in me growing and I started to look for a solution and decided to stick to the rules and invest in me because this will give me a sense of purpose and later a better path to achieve my dreams. My manager encourages everyone to invest in skills and knowledge so I followed the suggestions and instead of trying to improve the company I am constantly improving myself. The stress went away, my responsibilities are done in a perfect way.