Last week Ellen, Page and I jetted off to Georgia for our HandsOn Corps AmeriCorps National Direct member conference! While we hoped for sunny southern skies we were met with some decidedly Seattle-esque weather. Luckily Hands On Network had plenty of activities planned for us.
Perhaps the most valuable of our training sessions was the Leadership Compass activity and discussion designed to help members identify their leadership style. By participating, we developed a deeper understanding of how our leadership behavior works (or doesn’t) when faced with certain challenges and other approaches to problem solving and communication. I personally felt challenged at first by the requirement to label myself but eventually saw the benefits especially when asked to approach conflict in the style I least identified with. Page, Ellen and I hope to keep this learning experience in mind while in the work place since we all identified with different points on the compass!
The other aspect of the conference we thoroughly enjoyed was the opportunity to get to know each other much better. We spent our evenings discussing the day’s contents as well as our personal histories and it was nice to have the time and space to converse on a variety of topics. HandsOn Network also scheduled a few enjoyable social activities like a bonfire complete with s’mores!