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Jay Davis

Leadership Directions

Our first session on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 was with Jay Davis, the director of the First Year Student Enrichment Program (FYSEP) and the King Scholars Program at Dartmouth.  Davis began his session by explaining that the RLF program will help us answer the question: “who am I, and who I ought to be?” “We can all be better leaders,” Davis explained, “and I don’t want to work with anyone who thinks that they have nothing left to learn.”

In the first activity, we all went around the room and responded to the question: what leadership quality do you most value? Intuition, flexibility of thought, empathy, clarity, humility, and self-awareness were among the traits that fellows mentioned. What struck me was that no two people came up with the same response to this relatively simple and straightforward question.

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