The biggest aspect of LDR200L was the different Leadership Theories. Early in the semester we were assigned group members with each group being responsible for teaching a different theory. Throughout the semester I was able to learn about many theories, however, it became tough to keep them all straight and attempt to implement and practice them. Despite this one theory stuck out: the Servant Leadership Theory. The Servant Leadership Theory has always been a theory I have practiced but learning about it and using it has allowed me to fully appreciate it.
The most obvious use of the Servant Leadership Theory was LAS in the D. Learning about these theories is interesting and beneficial, but what helps me excel as a leader the most is not just talking about the theories, but seeing them in use and using them. Being able to serve in Detroit allowed me to truly appreciate this theory.
Furthermore, I was able to implement Servant Leadership during my time with the SOMI LEAD Team. While working for the LEAD Team I was able to facilitate activities as well as volunteer. This allowed me to use multiple theories but the most prevalent is Servant Leadership. Volunteering at the Special Olympics was a perfect example of Servant Leadership. Simply serving on this LEAD Team allowed me to show leadership qualities but by doing nothing more than leading by example.
Overall, Servant Leadership is one of the most under appreciated forms of leading, but one of the most efficient. Implementing service leadership into my everyday life enables me to be a more efficient leader by motivating others through my actions.