BY JENNY. B
It has been one of the great honors of my life to have graduated as a Psychology major in 2006.
While I was earning my degree, the field of Psychology itself was undergoing what felt like a Renaissance, expanding beyond a narrow definition or association with mental illness and conditioned behaviors toward a holistic view of wellness and our shared humanity. I was a student at Harvard when the traditional course offerings multiplied and began to include Positive Psychology and new depths in the Psychology of Leadership and Teams and topics surrounding happiness and creativity.
This was certainly the result of hard work and years of stewardship by leaders in Psychology and at the University. At the same time, it felt like an overnight sensation. There were packed auditoriums and an electric buzz around prestigious and up-and-coming visiting speakers and the venerated titans of Psychology on the Harvard faculty.
While it would be an impossible task and a disservice to attempt to distill all that was learned and discussed in those years with those great mentors, I can share 3 key concepts I return to, time and again. I find these to be true whether leading a business, volunteer group, or my household:
2/22/2020 05:36:21 pm
I absolutely LOVE this Jenny! Part of me secretly wanted to be a psychology major, and I feel like I'm getting your cheat sheet ;)
2/24/2020 01:27:31 pm
Thanks, MaryBeth! I appreciate the space to share reflections and recognize that leadership has a very situational context. I, for example, would not be top of anyone's list for leadership of a team of auto mechanics, as I have no content experience/competency repairing physical machinery. Being an avid learner, I might not be the bottom of the list, either. But, I would need to recognize and address the gap in my content experience/competency.
2/23/2020 09:14:19 am
Love your writing -- Ann Ussishkin
2/24/2020 01:30:30 pm
Thank you, Ann! I care a lot about good writing and taking time to read and reflect. You are appreciated! Thanks for being part of the community!
2/25/2020 04:45:11 am
Great article Jenny! I especially like that you made it concise by just concentrating on three main components: 1. Have competence and character; 2. Consider other viewpoints and ideas; 3. Become involved in the work yourself. These three ingredients are key, not only in leading others, but in any enterprise we undertake in life, no matter how basic or complex. These are good rules which will help us to be successful and also hold us accountable. They will aid us in becoming "doers" and not just "talkers". Also, thanks for the link to the wonderful Creativity piece. It is very interesting indeed. Jenny, thanks for sharing your Harvard experience with us. I look forward to your upcoming articles.
2/26/2020 09:37:35 am
Thank you, Connie! I tend to talk and write at length, so, I have to strive for conciseness. And, the 3 guideposts are easy to list, but have so many facets when applied. You are right to point out that becoming "the doer" of good deeds is an ever-engaging challenge.
2/25/2020 10:28:57 am
Nice article Jenny! Great insight on leaders. Thank you for your sharing your insights from your education. Looking forward to seeing more.
2/26/2020 09:43:47 am
Thank you, Ed! I appreciate how you seek learning and new perspectives!
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