RA Leadership 101. “Life is tough, but it’s tougher when you’re stupid.” –John Wayne. Welcome to the RA position! Get ready for a year filled with fire alarms, duty nights, programming, meetings, etc…all the things that come to mind when we think of being an RA.
Leadership is Not…
Communities develop in steps, and there are effective leadership strategies for this development.
To help develop your floor, consider the stages of group development on the following slides.
RA’s are called on to help facilitate and foster a positive floor community
You are there to make relationships and friendships.
You are there to enforce policies. You make the tough decisions and have the tough conversations.
It’s not an easy part of the job when you “write someone up” but it is necessary to hold your residents accountable for their actions and step in when necessary.
“There are things I can’t force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.”—Denis Diderot
“ Success is this: To laugh often and love much, To win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children, To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of friends, To appreciate beauty, to find the best in everything, To give of one’s self, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and to have sung with exultation, To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.”
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson (Attributed)
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