The NSLS News
Letter from the President
Dear NSLS Member,
With the academic year nearly (if not fully) in the rear-view mirror, I wanted to take a moment this week to discuss the importance of self-reflection. For much of the year, you’re in the thick of classes, projects, and other activities that fill your schedule. This can make it difficult to set aside time to reflect on your various successes and setbacks.
However, many believe that self-reflection is the most important part of the learning process, and necessary for retaining what you’ve learned. After all, the only way to grow is to take a hard look at what is--and isn’t--working. Here are a few of the main benefits I’ve found in making time for self-reflection:
You learn from your mistakes. A misstep can be a valuable learning tool, but only if you take the time to consider what went wrong and how to correct it. Without reflection, you’re doomed to repeat your mistakes.
You become a better leader. Every bit of insight you gain from self-reflection becomes valuable experience that you can pass on to others. Little tips that you learn from your own experiences become valuable advice for others.
You gain new ideas. Taking the time to do an in-depth analysis on a recent project or significant event can cause you to consider perspectives that never crossed your mind originally. This can spark a new idea or passion that sets you on a fruitful new path.
This month, I encourage you to take time to reflect on your accomplishments and goals as you take time to recharge your batteries and push forward.
The National Society of Leadership and Success
Continue Reading below in the Monthly Motivation section for more tips on reflection.
Registration is Open for 2019 Leadership Summits
You're invited to not only dream, but to ACHIEVE BIG with us at one of the four 2019 NSLS Leadership Summits! Our Summits are an opportunity for you to join like-minded authentic leaders from across the country for a unique in-person conference experience that accelerates your life through a creative, innovative, and active learning adventure.
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Check Out or Spring Scholarship Winners!
We are proud to announce the recipients of our Spring 2019 Scholarships & Awards! This awards season was our busiest yet, with a record number of members submitting applications. While we regrettably cannot award a scholarship to each applicant, we sincerely thank all who applied.
The next application window will begin in early September. Please check out the scholarship page on our website in late summer for more details on which awards will be available in the fall.
Indiana Mayor Speaks at Purdue University Fort Wayne Induction
Members at Purdue University Fort Wayne were treated to a keynote address by Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry at the chapter’s induction ceremony in April. Nearly 70 members were honored at the ceremony, and Mayor Henry was presented with an Honorary Membership in the NSLS.
Chapter President Ryan Knight said that he wasn’t sure Mayor Henry’s schedule would allow him to attend the induction, but after hearing about the values and mission of the NSLS and the Purdue University Fort Wayne chapter, he quickly agreed to attend.
Congratulations to all the newly inducted members!
NSLS Member Speaks at TEDxCharleston
Inducted member Stephen Frederico, a member of the National Online Chapter, recently had the opportunity to give his first TED talk. Stephen spoke about the potential of using nanoparticles in the treatment of cancer, an opportunity that came about due to his work performing cancer research at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Stephen’s passion for the field came from an introductory neuroscience course he took during his freshman year at the College of Charleston. A recent college graduate, Stephen will now be performing cancer research at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md.
To view Stephen’s TED talk, click here. You can also read more about his passions here.
Why You Should Make Time for Self-Reflection (Even If You Hate Doing It)
By Jennifer Porter
Harvard Business Review
When people find out I’m an executive coach, they often ask who my toughest clients are. Inexperienced leaders? Senior leaders who think they know everything? Leaders who bully and belittle others? Leaders who shirk responsibility?
The answer is none of the above. The hardest leaders to coach are those who won’t reflect — particularly leaders who won’t reflect on themselves.
Click here for more.