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Class of 1990

RLF Recap: "Leadership Styles in Teams" with Jay Davis '90

On September 17th, Jay Davis ’90, the current coordinator of the Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD), the First Year Student Enrichment Program (FYSEP), and the King Scholars outreach programs, came to speak to the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows about combining our respective leadership styles and tendencies when working together to achieve our team goals. Davis has many experiences in different leadership capacities, and discussed his personal leadership qualities as well as how these have evolved over time. He explained that as leaders, we must be introspective and evaluate what we value about other leaders in order to better understand how to lead others effectively. He asked each fellow to explain a leadership trait that they greatly valued. Our responses ranged from empathy and providing constructive feedback to having passion. Davis then asked the Fellows to recount a time when clashing leadership styles resulted in a falling out. He explained that conflicting styles can impede a team’s ability to perform well, in addition to harming a team’s interpersonal health.

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