Part of being a member of the Leadership Advancement Scholarship is partaking in leadership courses. One of the courses is COM267L, also know as Intro to Debate. Prior to taking Intro to Debate I was curious as to why a debate class was part of the Leadership minor and a requirement for LAS. However, during the semester I began to understand how important debate is in everyday life. Having the opportunity to participate in Intro to Debate gave me valuable insight on the importance of debate and being a leader.
Throughout the semester I learned the ins and outs of debate, most notably, how to support your claims and provide a convincing argument, logical fallacies-how to spot them, as well as the format of formal debates. I was also able to partake in two separate formal debates. Having the opportunity to participate in COM267L was a very impactful experience. A moment that stuck out to me this semester is one of the last class periods, our professor was lecturing and he began lecturing about why debate is important for leadership. Essentially, what he said was that debate is important for leadership due to the simple fact that to be an effective leader you have to have you follower’s support. Debate comes in when you have to convince and explain your methods to gain this support and their trust. If, as a leader, you can’t support your decisions or your methods your followers aren’t going to trust you. And a leader without followers isn’t a leader at all.