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Leadership in the Financial Aid Office: Reality TV Style . Heather Boutell, Bellarmine University [email protected] Definition of Leadership. According to Merriam-Webster – Leadership = the office or position of a leader; capacity to lead; the act or instance of leading

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definition of leadership
Definition of Leadership
  • According to Merriam-Webster –
    • Leadership = the office or position of a leader; capacity to lead; the act or instance of leading
    • Lead = to guide on a way especially by going in advance, to direct on a course or in a direction, to direct the operations, activity, or performance of ; to have charge of; to go at the head of;: to be first in or among
famous leadership quotes
Famous Leadership Quotes
  • “Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • “You’re only as good as the people you hire.” – Ray Kroc
  • “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
other great sources for use
Other Great Sources for Use!
  • Reality TV!
    • American Idol
    • Survivor
    • Amazing Race
    • Big Brother
    • Fear Factor
    • Dancing with the Stars
    • SuperNanny
    • Project Runway
practical advice
Practical Advice
  • Always be excited to share your message and take every opportunity.
  • Be proud of your message of access to higher education.
  • You may be misunderstood.
  • Others may find you a bit weird.
  • Keep smiling.
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Practical Advice
  • Hire staff that understand you have to follow the rules.
  • Regularly go over the rules in staff meetings, in creative ways.
  • Be aware of changes to the rules!
  • Adjusting the rules does bring risk. (PJ)
  • Understand that presenting the rules to students may bring anger and resentment, and consider the “music”.
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Practical Advice
  • Do Your Best for the Team – work hard to overcome the obstacles.
  • Once something goes your way (default rate, enrollment, literacy event), give credit to everyone involved.
  • If on the team, say thank you to those who acknowledge you.
  • Be able to do the functions of those you supervise.
  • Watch for the ones who want to be first.
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Practical Advice
  • Mistakes are going to happen based on the complicated level of our field.
  • Build confidence of employees if they occur.
  • Admit your mistakes.
  • Fix your mistakes.
  • Remember mistakes are replayed, but good moments can be fleeting.
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Practical Advice
  • As a leader, others see your actions. You are being watched!
  • Actions really do speak louder than words.
  • Ethical decisions – will they stand up to the newspaper test?
  • Generational differences mean varying generational expectations.
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Practical Advice
  • New regs, new rules; change can be tough to swallow.
  • Take on responsibilities you don’t want to do – others will follow your lead.
  • Realize your fears inside.
  • Conquer the fears.
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Practical Advice
  • Ask for help from others and rely on your FAA friends.
  • Know whom to ask and be willing to share openly.
  • Realize that diverse solutions can bring a win to your office.
  • Pay attention to your challenges and try to stay on course.
  • Know where the playground is.
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Practical Advice
  • Let your office and leadership style reflect you.
  • Make sure your creativity is relevant.
  • Watch and see what the judges think.
  • Remember you are not designing for you, but for others – students, your staff, families.
reality tv and leadership
Reality TV and Leadership…..
  • Pride
  • Diligence
  • Sacrifice
  • Humility
  • Transparency
  • Cooperation
  • Reliance on Others

Good luck with your leadership skills – tune in and

“channel” them whenever you can!