During my time working at the Hope House, I worked under the supervision of Maria Bass. She was the coordinator for the volunteer group that I participated in. When it came to her Motivational Cultural Intelligence she was able to teach us everything she had learned about the women involved within the human trafficking world. Along with showing us how to engage with the women from all the knowledge and skills we learned from her. Learning about their different backgrounds and being ! Able to use that knowledge allowed us to make more effective judgments and better decision making when dealing with the women. Her Meta- Cognitive Cultural Intelligence was also very effective. She was able to tell us several facts about how the women tend to behave after being rescued from heir prior situation. We learned how to speak, move and even make contact with them on a daily basis. She had absorbed so much knowledge about this unfamiliar world we had all stepped into and was also a patient soul while we all tried to make sure we learned properly.
Without her diligence we would not have been able to learn the proper way to behave. Once learning about the group as a whole, she was able to teach us about how some of the women who had been there for a while had adapted to a new lifestyle and how they were becoming more approachable. Due to her Cognitive Cultural Intelligence she was able to differentiate the individual from the collective group of women. Maria had also been able to train us and herself in several behavioral simulations when interacting with each woman.
Due to her extreme Behavioral Cultural Intelligence we were able to make sure we had enough practice and real experience to be left alone or do certain activities with some of the women and not be in fear that we were acting inappropriate or out of line. Think Maria was a sufficient leader who taught us through her experiences how to be able to become approachable to these women. 2. How did you develop along each of these dimensions as a result of your volunteer experience? If you did NOT develop, why not? Hind I learned that I needed to become more aware of my surroundings and how to act in accordance to other people around me. I think we sometimes forget that everyone comes from a different background and we are not all raised the same. !2 Personally my Behavioral Cultural Intelligence was enlightened. I never really knew that simple things we do such as slamming a door, or clenching are fists can scare other people in ways that you could never imagine. Know that irking in the Hope House and alongside some women who have encountered domestic abuse I will learn to look and be more polite.
Just because sometimes simple smile or thankful can make a world of a difference to someone. With my Meta- Cognitive Cultural Intelligence, I have learned that studying about other people and their backgrounds can open your eyes. I mean going through this volunteer program, I learned that people’s upbringing and the neighborhoods they live in can play a major role in how they turn out. And from now on would like to meet people and learn where they came from and ask why they turned out the way they did.
So I definitely will be more open minded. As for my Cognitive Cultural Intelligence, think even though I will want to categorize people and think in my mind that they will be the way they are because they come from that background I can’t. Everyone can make anything out of their situation and become anyone they want. So from that I will learn to never judge a book by it’s cover. Now with all my new found intelligence about trafficking and the women involved in the process, I want to go out and do something for them.
My Motivational Cultural Intelligence has definitely developed the most due to this. Want to each people how to make a difference in these women’s lives and bring them back up as productive members of society! Leadership For A Better World Your book talks about the “7 Co’s” of leadership for social change: ; Group Values o Collaboration o Common purpose o Controversy with civility ; Social/Community Values 0 Citizenship ; Individual Values o Consciousness of Self o Congruence o Commitment For EACH of the 7 Co’s, answer the following questions 1 .
Discuss the extent to which you saw each of these dimensions displayed in the group and by the leader (talk about both)-?or not displayed-?in the organization for which you worked. A. If the group and leader did display the dimension effectively, what was the positive effect on the group b. Fifth group and leader did NOT display the dimension effectively, what was the negative effect on the group. Consciousness of self: Within our group we all displayed a fair amount of interest in wanting to make a positive impact in each of these women’s lives. We all had some prior knowledge of how they might act and we knew it would be a challenge.
Maria I think also knew that within her heart this is where she needed to be and has devoted her life to this organization. So her devotion was also like a guiding light that drew us and made us somewhat a whole unit moving forward with one mindset. Congruence: Maria and our volunteer group were all genuine people who wanted nothing but to make sure each of the victims felt safe. We wanted them all to ! 4 know that they were in good hands. But we also knew that had to be real with them in the sense that one day they would have to face the real world again.
Honesty with them was something we all agreed on. We never swayed from what we preached to them, so I think that is why they held on and believed everything we told them. And Maria always stuck to her word, and made sure our plans followed through on a daily basis. Commitment Commitment is made to be directed towards both the group activity and their intended outcomes. I think we made a conscious effort to go through this program with passion. We never gave up and knew that we had to be a piece of stability to these women.
Being a rock for them to lean on was something that made me want to keep going back each and every day. Maria’s commitment to those women is unbelievable, she made sure they were taken care of and even went out of her to make sure they go to church very week. Collaboration: We as a group made sure that we each did something that we enjoyed with the women. Whether it was a trust- building activity or even just teaching them how to wear eyeshades. We made sure that we each added our own little flair to the program so that we knew we made our own little indention on their sweet souls.
Common Purpose: When we first began we all sat down and gave our own story as to why We wanted to be here and what touched us the most, even Maria told us her story. Think this is what brought us close and made us each want to be here. We all knew that somehow we were all brought together and that we each brought something to the table. Controversy with Civility: In the beginning we kind of had to deal with this almost immediately because we didn’t want to air out our dirty laundry in front of the women. We wanted them to feel calm in this safe haven. We didn’t want to add anymore stress on their plates.
So we all decided to sit down and make some rules just so that we knew we could have common ground and we all made an effort to have a meeting once a week to make sure every loose end was tied up. Citizenship: To be a good citizen is to work or positive change on behalf of others and the community. Doing this made us all feel like we had done something amazing. Last week, when we finished we all felt a since of relief and that we had done more than sit with these women. We had made them feel like they were worth something. Personally think I developed with every single dimension above.
I became more aware of what I want to be known as in life. I know the kind of attitude I want be known for and that I won’t sway from the decisions choose to make. Want to be committed to everything I do and give it my all. Don’t want to vive up half way, I want to show that am trust worthy. I want to be able to be someone who can give and take. I want to also be involved with people who all have share the same common idea with me. People who know what they want from life. I want to be someone who can be level headed and not get mad if something does not go my way.
And I also want to be someone who makes a difference in the world she lives in. Managing Transitions Answer ALL of the following questions 1 . Describe a time in your life when you went through a major transition. Recently my grandparents went through a divorce. I lived with them for most Of my life, up until I was the age of 13 to be exact. It took a toll on my personal as well as academic life. I never wanted to face the facts or even talk about what happened. Was just hoping it was all dream to be honest. 2. For each of the following stages, describe how you experienced the stage.
Be sure to discuss how you felt, what your thoughts were, and how it affected your life actions. A. Ending b. Neutral Zone (Wilderness) c. New Beginning During the ending I was so lost, I turned to several things to take away the pain felt. I didn’t want to let go of the only father figure I knew, but I was also so upset that he had cheated on my grandmother. Couldn’t sleep some nights and it drove me crazy that I didn’t have the guts to confront him. I wanted so desperately to tell him how much he meant to me and how much he ripped my heart into a million pieces.
It took me a while to get the courage to accept that he wanted a new life, and eventually the tears became less. I knew that I had to move on and be there for my grandmother. She was strong, but I knew that in order for her to be stronger I had to be a shoulder for her to lean on. While in the neutral zone felt somewhat healed but just when I thought I was ready to rip off the bandage I still felt like I had some healing to do. Hadn’t been able to step into their house without feeling like I could punch a hole in the wall.
All felt was anger, and didn’t even know if it was okay to speak to my grandfather or even bring up old stories. I resented him and how he made me feel. So instead I just launched myself into making relationships with the people who did care and love me. Invested time into making myself a better person and learning to accept who I was. It had almost been a year when I cited that I was going to be okay. I wasn’t going to cry anymore. People come and go in your life. I had been able to go to my grandparents house and again, felt so much love. My grandmother had made her house cozy and warm.
She made it feel like it was a new home ready for new memories. We spent the holidays there, and it brought so much warmth to our hearts knowing that we could be a family no matter what. And that one day we would be able to see my grandfather and know that he did what he thought was best. 3. For each of the three stages, describe what or who helped you move forward to the next stage. In the beginning think my sister helped me get out of the ending stage. She assured me that I had done nothing wrong and I couldn’t change the past no matter how hard I tried to.
During my neutral zone, my friends were there with open arms taking me to do things and making sure I was always happy and smiling. Through the new beginning think being around my immediate family and feeling their genuine love got me through and taught me that not everyone will run out on you. 4. As a leader, how can you use your new understanding of transitions to help your followers through major changes you might lead. Going through something as painful and confusing as divorce can really open your mind. You become mindful of what others may feel.
I think can help others to 18 understand that sometimes things are out of your control, but that someone always has it worse than you. And that you can make the best of every situation. In life, situations may become uncomfortable and you may not want to deal with them but life is not fair and the cards you are dealt were handed to you for a specific reason. So each day you just have to get up and smile, even if to does hurt. You cannot let go of your self and who you want to be. Make peace with the things you cannot change and become the best person you can be.
Reflection Now, put all your learning together-?the lectures, text, videos and interviews: 1. What impact (if any) has this course had on a. Your perspective on leadership for social change? B. Your perspective on YOU as a leader in particular? In my experiences with this course have learned to become aware of everyone around me. I think as people we become selfish and careless of the world we live in. We think that if we don’t have money or status that we cannot make a difference. Yet we forget that if you just have a little faith in impassion you can move a mountain if you just believe in yourself.
I think by working with my social change project it has made me become more aware that am someone special and that by leading a compassionate, genuine lifestyle that I can be someone people look up to. I want to make a difference in someone’s life one day and by confronting the positives and the negatives in my life throughout this course I know that I will be able to do just that. 2. How have you grown as a result fifths learning experience? Going through the managing transitions part Of the course made me inferno things in my life that I thought I had dealt with.