Do You Have Time for Success?
Friday, May 14th, 2010
In the ever-changing economic world we live in, leadership has always been a key to success. All sorts of leaders, from Bill Gates to Alan Mulally, can attribute their success to their strong leadership capabilities. Luckily for Lawrence Tech students, our campus is chuck-full of opportunities to establish and develop leadership abilities. With many programs from the SAE teams to academic/honor societies, we have a plethora of learning opportunities available to them.
One such opportunity is the organization known as the National Society of Leadership and Success. As the name suggests, this organization allows students an opportunity to network and build strong leadership skills that will be a valuable asset in the job world.
Otherwise known as Sigma Alpha Pi, the core philosophy of the society is that “one can achieve their dreams with proper support and dedicated action. We help people realize their dreams and change the world in the process.”
Sigma Alpha Pi attempts to live up to this philosophy by providing its members with speakers who are insightful, inspiring, and relevant to the current world. Patch Adams, Goldie Hawn, and the organization’s founder Gary Tuerack are some of the more notable individuals who have been featured in Sigma Alpha Pi’s speaker series. Fortunately for members who have trouble making it to the events, Sigma Alpha Pi provides copies of presentations so that members can view them at a later time. Videos from past year’s presentations can be found on the Sigma Alpha Pi’s website as well.
Sigma Alpha Pi also offers its members opportunities to grow through involvement. All members are organized into groups called Success Networking Teams, or SNTs. The whole idea behind the SNTs is to provide members with a place to network with other students, set goals, and receive feedback and encouragement from other members. These teams are designed to allow members to motivate and push each other to accomplish personal goals, which may have been ordinarily pushed aside.
According to the book, “Exploring Leadership,” this kind of leadership development can be classified under the Relational Leadership Model, defined as “a relational and ethical process of people together attempting to accomplish positive change.” The SNTs allow a group of people to come together and attempt to make positive changes in their lives through a relational and ethical process.
Some people may look at this as just another constraint on their time, while others may see this as an opportunity too important to pass up. For those who feel this may not be worth their time, Sigma Alpha Pi also provides services that could help you after you leave Lawrence Tech.
One of these services is access to success coaches/counselors. These devoted men and women are available 24/7 on the Sigma Alpha Pi website. These trained professionals are there to offer guidance and answer any questions you may have as you develop your leadership and success skills. They are capable of fielding questions pertaining to topics such as academic concerns, motivation problems, personal issues making an impact on your life, and much more.
Sigma Alpha Pi also offers a free online job bank. It’s is a one-stop shop – they also provide customized letters of recommendation for its inducted members. Together these resources can help you score the job that will pay well, as well as be enjoyable.
This national society is just one of the many organizations that allow students to establish, grow, and develop the leadership and success skills that can help them in all aspects of their lives.
– Travis Austin
(Travis Austin wrote this article as a mid-term paper in the course, “Leadership Models and Practices” taught by Adjunct Professor Jamie Hobart.)