What made “Leadership Theory” interesting?
I am currently a stay-at-home mom, but for many years prior I held a director of sales position for a nationwide title company. I plan on returning to that field once my children are in school full-time. I felt that a leadership class would be beneficial to me, considering that I am planning on going back into a management position in the near future. Professor Eriksen taught me so many valuable things, in regard to knowing myself better as a person and as a leader. He encourages students to “get real” with themselves, which in turn allows us as leaders to become more confident and knowledgeable about leading others.
Why were you interested in taking “Leadership and Diversity?”
I was interested in taking the class because I wanted to become more educated about leading diverse groups so that I would be prepared to do so once I return to the workforce.
How do you think these courses have helped you?
Professor Eriksen has helped me to know myself better and to uncover the truths about my beliefs and about who I am on many different levels. He has better prepared me to lead others by encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and to dig deep within myself to become more comfortable and confident with my inner being.
How do you think these courses will help you in the professional world?
Professor Eriksen has given me certain tools and skills to help me succeed in the real world. All of his teachings directly relate to leading others in real situations and can be applied to several different leadership styles across the board.