Next Level Leadership is Not Easy!

By June 15, 2016 September 30th, 2017 Leadership Camp

Leadership Camp goes to the next level with understanding leadership.

With so many definitions and perspectives of leadership, this morning’s session, Next Level Leadership, focused on breaking down advanced leadership. Facilitators included Coach Neu with Ball State Football; Lieutenant Colonel Gulley with the Indiana National Guard and Percy Bland with the Center for Leadership Development.

“Get the most out of the people that you are around, that you are leading,” Coach Mike Neu

Camp participants were immediately challenged by Coach Neu, former quarterbacks coach for the New Orleans Saints, to lead people to the best they can. “Get the most out of the people that you are around, that you are leading,” said Neu. He made the point that leaders push people to do their best, work their hardest and perform to their fullest potential. Neu, who coached Drew Brees, shared some insight about his success. “What makes Drees special, an unbelievable leader, is he takes time to push and challenge others to be better.” He added that Ball State grad Willie Snead is mentally tough, another important leadership quality, because he fought challenge after challenge to reach his goals. He reminded campers there are no shortcuts to success. It takes hard work and focus.

“You are building a toolkit to solve problems in your community, organizations and problems you will be challenged with.” LTC Jeremy Gulley

LTC Gulley shared about his experiences as both a full-time professional and a citizen soldier in the Indiana National Guard. He encouraged campers to take notes, ask questions and read to be successful as a leader. “You are building a toolkit to solve problems in your community, organizations and problems you will be challenged with.” Said LTC Gulley. “You will add stuff use this toolkit the rest of your life.” While discussing the Army model of leadership, he pointed out that leaders are first responsible to provide purpose and direction to achieve the mission and to improve the organization. Listing the attributes of leadership, LTC Gulley talked about character, presence, intellect, leads, develops, and achieves. Gulley ended by challenging students to never sell themselves short or let someone tell them they can’t do something.

The session ended with a series of activities and in-depth discussion led by Percy Bland. The discussion on decision making really hit home with students. Percy emphasized the importance of making good decisions as a leader and reminded students how their decisions impact the people they lead. “Words mean things and choices lead places.”