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Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Zonia Moore '16

This series introduces the 2015-2016 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Patrick Saylor '16

This series introduces the 2015-2016 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

There are a few critical elements needed in order for a group undertaking to be successfully accomplished. In order to meet your goals, you must have a group that has the right technical skills, both hard and soft, intimate knowledge of the challenge to be solved, clear communication of common goals, and a diversity of abilities and background within the group. However, even with all of these critical pieces in place, teams may still fail. The missing link that unifies all of these critical characteristics is leadership. While leadership can take on many manifestations, true leadership unifies a team and helps their team focus their efforts to most effectively pursue their shared goal.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Lauren Martin '16

This series introduces the 2015-2016 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

I look forward to being a Rockefeller Leadership Fellow because I believe the program provides a genuinely unique opportunity, one that echoes the emphasis Dartmouth places on intellectual and personal growth. In allowing seniors from all academic, organizational, and social backgrounds on campus to, together, invest time in grappling with what it means to be a leader, I believe RLF acts as a culminating experience for life at Dartmouth. It compels us to think critically and creatively, allowing us to reflect on who we want to become.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Julia Pomerantz '16

This series introduces the 2015-2016 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

I believe that leaders need plenty of training and opportunities to learn from one another, and throughout my development in high school and college, I have readily looked for chances to work with other leaders to better my leadership capabilities. When I was first told of the RLF program by past and current RLFs, as well as by Rocky staff, I was most interested in the structure of the program. I am excited to interact with other campus leaders who represent a great variety of Dartmouth communities and spend our senior year learning more about our strengths and weaknesses while ultimately working toward the exciting goal of selecting a great group of future FEllows.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Juhi Kalra '16

This series introduces the 2015-2016 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

The key aspect of leadership that interests me is the technique of being able to motivate those around me. While I am approachable, friendly, and energetic, I do not know how to mesh those qualities together to make people around me want to perform tasks voluntarily. Leaders oversee performance of members but never have to demand coworkers to take responsibility as they inspire their coworkers to be diligent and engaged.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Joshua Cox '16

This series introduces the 2015-2016 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

My interest in the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program stems from a desire to cultivate a skill set that I have had both success and failure with throughout my life. Over the past ten years, I have had the opportunity to develop my leadership skills through my experience in the United States Marine Corps, as well as through an outdoor company that leads trips of inexperienced individuals down potentially high-risk whitewater rapids. However, my most meaningful experiences come from my time in the military. As a squad leader of a 4-man weapons specialty team with Lima Co., 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, I successfully worked with numerous leaders to integrate my assault squad into larger platoon and company-level missions (20-40 men).

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Jordyn Turner '16

This series introduces the 2015-2016 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

RLF shapes Dartmouth students for diverse leadership roles by equipping them with universally applicable skills from which I hope to benefit immensely.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Inviolata Chami '16

 This series introduces the 2015-2016 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

The prospect of change has always excited me. As a child, this meant being open to changing my dream job from a sculptor to a lawyer at a whim, or happily moving to a different school. As I grew older, change began to mean the courageous efforts people make to leave a positive impact on the globe, and I came to the conclusion that I too wanted to be a change maker. Reflecting on my leadership experiences at Dartmouth, I have realized that a passion for change cannot bring about action if certain values, skills, habits and resources do not complement it. I look forward to the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Program because I want to make a greater effort to strengthen my leadership style to make an impact in the future and address the inner conflicts that I face as a leader.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Grace Benjamin '16

This series introduces the 2015-2016 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.
 

Through the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Program, I hope to acquire and hone skills that will enable me to be a more effective leader in various communities. This program presents a unique opportunity to learn in a setting separate from academics, extracurricular activities, or professional experience, but learn material that is relevant to and can be applied to each.

My experience with SEAD (Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth) has provided a hands-on opportunity as a leader. I worked directly with a mentee on his classwork and felt that much of my work was leading by example. I learned to adjust my leadership style by taking cues from him and by learning over time what he received well. I learned that, in order to work well with others, it takes time to learn their personality traits, strengths and weaknesses.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Feyaad Allie '16

 This series introduces the 2015-2016 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

I am interested in the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Program because I view it as an incredible opportunity to learn about my skills as a leader and analyze the way that I function in a group setting. RLF will allow me to meet leaders from all areas of interests across campus and learn how I can incorporate their ideas of being a leader into the way that I function as a leader.

One aspect of leadership that I’m interested in is understanding the ideal way for a leader to communicate in various environments. I think that communication is extremely important in a leadership role and how other members of a group view a leader has a tremendous impact on the cohesiveness of the group. Specifically, I am curious about how to demonstrate confidence within a group without being perceived as arrogant.

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