Leadership Plunge – Drawing the Line: Boundary Setting as a Leader

How do you draw your boundaries with other people? Do you lay them out in pencil, with the ability to erase and change where the line is? Or do you draw them in sharpie, permanent unmovable or really messy if you do?  I think that true effective boundary setting lies somewhere between the flexibility of […]

Leading with Fairness

There are many things that leaders, at best, must do. They must communicate well. They must help chart a course toward worthy goals with their vision and set great examples with their work.  Leaders must also be fair to all members of the group. But what does being “fair” actually mean and look like?  One […]

The Outer Body Experience

Are you afraid to go, “outer body?”  NOPE! Before you even think it… this obviously isn’t a pitch to tamper with the hottest drugs sold in the streets although feelings from the experience I’m talking about may produce a similar effect. The rush of endorphins and dopamine (what I call the happy hormones) released when having this outer body […]

Finding Your Stakeholders

In both our Finding Your Why and Council Surge Interactive Workshops, we talk about the importance of working with stakeholders. Stakeholders help us as leaders realize our potential, make meaning of our experiences, and achieve our goals. But, many times, we only turn to them when we need something or when something goes wrong, which […]

Stop the Spread of Contempt

After you watch this short video, take a moment to review these reflection questions. Social change and creating inclusive spaces are dependent on each of us doing the personal work to show up more compassionately each and every day. Remember I’m in this process with you. Here are three questions for reflection as you pursue […]

Fall 2021: Lessons From My Family Vacation

This summer I had the opportunity to go on a family vacation to Jackson, WY. The combination of people, views, amazing national parks, and wildlife (read: no cell phone service for four days) created an environment where you couldn’t help but just be present and take in the moments. What I appreciated more than the […]

4 Simple Mistakes Smart Leaders Avoid

How are you doing on your goals for this new year? People say that most don’t make it past January 14 when they give up on the resolutions. Have you already given up on your goals before you stepped back on campus or logged in to a virtual classroom? I took a long time making […]

The Remote Leader Mindset

By: Chris Butsch As a leader, trying to keep your members engaged while remote is hard. Here are just some of the reasons why: Engagement automatically drops when everyone’s not in the same room Zoom isn’t perfect Everyone’s distracted There’s little validation in it for you I’ve been a leader since college and I honestly […]

Maintaining Student Mental Health During COVID-19

By: Chris Butsch Even before the pandemic, more than two-thirds of American college students reported symptoms of mental illness, such as pervasive loneliness and stress (American College Health Association). Shockingly, being separated from your friends and fiddling with Zoom all day isn’t helping. Since we’re not sure when campus life will return to normal, let’s […]

On Being a Student Leader During COVID-19

By: Chris Butsch Meetings are canceled. Everyone’s taking classes online. No one’s quite sure when things will be back to normal. As a leader, how can you keep your members connected and engaged during a crazy time like this? Here are three tips for exercising strong student leadership and keeping your members engaged during COVID-19. […]

The Pillars of Leadership

By: Alex Weber Hey there! First off, I’d like to start this blog off by thanking you for being here! My goal is to give you a few actionable tools for Leadership that you can inject into your life today – right now! So, let’s dive in! Let’s start here. What is Leadership? Leadership is […]

Talking to yourself – The Art of Combatting Negative Self-Talk

By: Darryl Bellamy What people say about you can affect you, but what you say to yourself is even more critical. Listen here for a moment; you have to start (if you’re not already) becoming aware of the thoughts you have and the words you say to and about yourself. The jury is still out […]

Pay Yourself First – A Lesson in Sustaining Leaders

By: Kate Steiner I was listening to a radio show this week and they were talking about the concept in personal financial budgeting that first you pay yourself. In budgeting this means that from every paycheck you first put money away into savings. The savings is then your safety net, there when you need it, […]

Gifts Grow In Dark Places

By: Nisan Trotter You’re a muddy miracle! Gifts grow in dark places. I think I surprised the students at Saginaw Valley State University with those comments. It’s okay though…. I’d rather it be that way than have them fall asleep. They were glued to every word. Your gift, talent, and even potential is like a seed that is planted in the […]

The Full Truth on Success

By: Alex Weber As you’re thinking about your goals this semester for yourself, your organization, and your community, it is so important to really get clear on what Success looks like to you. The more we hone in on what we want to achieve, the more we can progress towards making it a reality.   A great […]

The Burnout

By: David Stollman Burnout isn’t caused by how much work you do, it’s caused by how much work you look around… and see others NOT doing!   There are lots of suggestions on how to recharge, and bounce back from burnout. But, maybe we should talk more about preventing it in the first place. The […]

SELF-NAVIGATION: From Failing to Thriving

By: Alex Weber You will Fail. Worst inspirational book ever! I know, I know but that’s the honest truth, and I owe it to you to say it. Failures aren’t going anywhere, and they are often what stand in the way of creating the most for our lives. Trust me, I’ve made a career from […]

The Traits of the Ethical Leader

By: Joe Richardson, Esq To many, the ideas surrounding the definition of a “leader” are often connected to a position (for instance, a President), as opposed to the traits of a person. Sometimes, selfish people with obvious conflicts that bear on their prospects for productive leadership are nonetheless heralded as great “leaders.” There needs to […]

Managing the Chaos of Life

By: Curtis Hill As a leader many times you are pulled in multiple directions at the same time. If you are not careful it will stretch you so thin, that you won’t even recognize who you are. There are three kinds of leaders. Those who are fired up, those whose fire is not burning as […]

Push Through Fear

By: Darryl Bellamy Jr. As someone who tried to avoid confrontation at ALL costs in the past, this was me. I’m still working through it, but I’ve improved a lot over the past few years because I’ve actively worked on it, making it more comfortable. Also, as leaders, if we don’t speak up and challenge others, […]

The American Ninja Failure?

By: Alex Weber It’s 3AM and I’m sopping wet, embarrassed, and there’s a few hundred people staring at me! I just failed at American Ninja Warrior and to my surprise…I’m so, so thankful for it. My introduction to American Ninja Warrior was first as a Host for NBC. My job was to be a goofy […]

What Difference Can One Person Have

By: The Peterson Family After 15 years working with college students, Craig Peterson reached a crossroads.  “What’s next? Do I have an additional purpose in this life?” Feeling financially secure, he looked past his accomplishments and focused instead on his personal values. “I want to make a difference.” That months-long reflection led to what would […]

AFLV 10 Year Journey

By: Darryl Bellamy Jr. It took Darryl ten years to get to the AFLV stage, watch this video detailing his journey accomplishing a dream he set out on ten years ago. A Decade ago Ten years ago, I was newly initiated into my fraternity (Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc) and was selected by an older […]

The Power of Story

By: Saul Flores At the age of 18 during my junior year at North Carolina State University, I embarked on the Walk of the Immigrants, a 5,328-mile walk across Latin America. I began the journey to raise awareness for immigration while fundraising for an elementary school in my mother’s hometown in Mexico. Reflecting on the […]

Inspiring stories from fearless students.

By: Darryl Bellamy Jr. Yes, I get the opportunity to travel to campuses and talk to students about pushing through fear, but in my quiet moments, in the moments where it’s just me reading the fears I collected or reading a fearless story about how an audience member was able to overcome an obstacle; I […]

3 Ways To (Actually) Build Confidence

By: Alex Carlin Have you ever walked into a room looking down on your phone? Did you know that small gesture tells people you aren’t that confident in the current situation? Whether you realize it or not, confidence not only has a huge effect on the way you perform and feel but it also affects […]

What is Your Unfair Advantage?

By: Tom Healy I was recently asked by a student leader “how do I make a great impact in my organization this year?” and here was my response: To truly unlock your potential as a leader, you need to look around at your friends, peers, classmates and everyone else, then ask the following: What am […]

A Year to Think Big

By: Saul Flores For my younger siblings and I, the start of a new year meant a ziplock bag full of warm tamales wrapped in green corn husk. We filled our backpacks with newly-sharpened pencils, 99 cent composition books, and off-brand yellow highlighters. Finally, my parents’ year of nannying, scrubbing floors, and working odd jobs […]

Test Drive it FIRST!

By: Linnita Hosten If you are like me, the thought of going to a large event and networking is completely overwhelming and uneasy. This was my positioning until I landed a paid internship opportunity junior year- just by showing up at a career fair prepared. Since then, I’ve been an advocate of just stopping in […]

APPLE Leadership

By: Kaylon Blake Soooo….I really needed a new pair of headphones but was torn between purchasing the Apple Airpods or the Beats by Dre. I really wanted the Beats, but they were too expensive. On the flipside, I didn’t want to buy the Airpods because I felt like I’d lose them and I felt like […]

The Art of the Butterfly

By: Rafael Matos These days I am all about living my best life, and as I take an inventory of the ideologies and actions I practice regularly, I realized my best life demands I get rid of outdated and impractical beliefs that stifle my growth. But navigating change is challenging; replacing old habits with new […]

Don’t Let Classes Interfere With Your Real Education

By: Tom Healy I was recently asked a few weeks ago to provide my best advice to students as they enter a new school year, here is what I had to say: I strongly believe that the best learning experiences on a college campus come OUTSIDE the classroom which means you need to get involved […]

Do you FEAR Confrontation?

By: Darryl Bellamy Jr. Have you ever been in a situation where you knew you should speak up, do something, but you push it off to someone else, ignore it, or remain silent? As someone who tried to avoid confrontation at ALL costs, this was me. I’m still working through it, but I’ve improved a […]

Do, Delegate and Dream as a Lady Leader on Campus

By Quinn Conyers When I stepped on Campus as a college student, I wasn’t really sure what to expect! I knew graduation was the goal but I wasn’t sure what do during the 4 years before I received my cap and gown! Thankfully there was an organization on campus that helped minority and multi-cultural students […]

24 Hours to Live

By: Darryl Bellamy Jr. Each year, thousands of students begin college afraid about what’s to come. Somehow, they think that they’re the only one feeling scared and nervous about what’s next, afraid of failure, and not entirely confident in their abilities. After reading 5,553 fears (and counting), If I had 24 hours to live and […]

Impact of a Workshop

By: Austin Arias On college campuses, now more than ever, it is important to empower students to see themselves as agents of change for not only their campus but society. For our students who choose to seek out leadership development experiences or involvement on campus, their already vested interest keeps them motivated. Determining the best way […]

Listening for Leaders (From “What Leaders Do”)

By: Joe Richardson, Esq. There is constant discussion about leadership in the college space.   Being involved in studies related to interests, sports, student government and Greek life should be a springboard for the accelerated development of leadership skills. While leaders have many noteworthy characteristics, the most important of them may be the ability to listen. […]

Leadership Development That Changes Behavior

By: Tom Healy Two years ago, I decided to develop “Limitless Leadership”, a workshop that utilizes a scientifically-validated behavioral assessment and has students develop their own Personal Leadership Plan. My mission with “Limitless Leadership” was simple: utilize a powerful assessment tool to help students identify how they are uniquely hard-wired as leaders and have them […]

Do you have Foundational Confidence?

By: Darryl Bellamy JR. Writing the second book might be harder than the first, but when I write something I feel is important I can’t help but share. I’m excited to share a piece of my writing with you as this might apply to something you’re currently experiencing. After reading thousands of fears, I came […]

Unmasking Leadership

By: Rachel DeAlto Eating disorder recoveree. Mom at 20. Divorced. Toxic relationship survivor. These aren’t my typical go-to descriptions when I introduce myself. I tend to lead with: relationship expert, TV professional, entrepreneur, coach, or former attorney. Those are the titles that make me look good, right? The truth is, ALL of those titles define […]