Program Reflection

Theory to Practice

Learning Outcome Comparison

Impact of Excursions

Living & Working in Teams

Global Professional Differences

Theory to Practice: Applications

Open-mindedness is an essential global leadership trait but often one must search for opportunities to gain unique insights. One of my main goals coming into this program was to acknowledge my own biases and perspective. One of the biggest takeaways I had through practicing this was that I realized that I was extremely untrustworthy of those from other cultures. I naturally assumed that they were judging me or looking down upon me rather than just acknowledging the cultural differences. By doing this, I was unintentionally being closed-minded and limiting my own opportunities for growth and new experiences. Now that I have realized this tendency, I am challenging myself to be more trusting and assume that others around me have positive intentions. 

One of the things that I realized in Reutlingen when working with the German students, was the importance of asking questions as a leader. It is impossible to know what others are thinking around you at any given moment, especially when their background and perspective-defining experiences differ from your own. In order for leaders to derive meaning from their environments, they must continue to ask questions rather than make assumptions when working in global teams. Continuing to push myself to ask questions will not only prevent me from closing myself off from potential learning experiences but also help me to ensure that I am acknowledging a variety of perspectives. In a global environment, it is essential that leaders ask questions to better understand their team and expand their perspective.

Learning Outcome Comparison

United States- SLC 250

Identify leadership theories across cultures and disciplines

3/10

Assess how values and ethics influence leadership outcomes from a global perspective

7/10

Compare and contrast leadership practices and strategies across disciplines

 7/10

Relate leadership theories and practices to real-life situations

8/10

Articulate the most appropriate team decision-making strategies to implement in different situations

8/10

Explain the differences between leadership strategies and theories across cultures and disciplines

3/10

Abroad- SLC 475, FTM 484, MIE 430, PRT 359

Identify leadership theories across cultures and disciplines

10/10

Assess how values and ethics influence leadership outcomes from a global perspective

10/10

Compare and contrast leadership practices and strategies across disciplines

 9/10

Relate leadership theories and practices to real-life situations

9/10

Articulate the most appropriate team decision-making strategies to implement in different situations

8/10

Explain the differences between leadership strategies and theories across cultures and disciplines

8/10

Impact of Excursions

Over the course of the program, we visited several different businesses. We were allowed the chance to interview our representatives from each different business. This insight into the application of our classroom materials helped us to understand how to translate the leadership models into real world challenges. In talking to various leaders, it was evident that each in culture and community team effectiveness was represented differently.

Living & Working Team

The unique aspect of the living and working cohort of this program proved invaluable in showing us how to navigate settings where conflicts were inevitable. Through this concentrated environment, Tuckman's team development model was clearly represented as the group went through each phase together in a short time period.

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Professional Differences Comparison

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