The Fred Factor and Leadership

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Many of you might have heard of the book called “The Fred Factor”. For those who haven’t, it basically describes a mailman named, Fred, who does his job to the best of his abilities. Fred goes out of his way to make his job the most beneficial to the people he delivers mail to. It may sound strange but Fred, is a leader that the know one really knew about but inspired Mark Sanborn to write a book about him. Leadership is not only about those who everyone knows about, but is little things that people don’t think about.

For my first semester at Central Michigan University, my final project for my leadership class was to be like Fred. Yes, it is very vague instructions but we could get creative and do anything we wanted to. My group decided to take the Fred Factor to a different level.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGFACX2FujQ

Yes, pillow fighting and smarty pants.

The whole point of the Fred Factor project didn’t have to be too deep and meaningful, but just being there for our CMU community letting them know we care and are there for them. We hope that by doing something as little as a pillow fight can brighten the mood of somebody and guide them to brighten the moods of other people. Lead by example.

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Alpha Leadership Experience Fall 2014

One program hosted by CMU’s Leadership Institute that I participated in was the Alpha Leadership Experience. Alpha is program run student leaders here at Central Michigan, so it helps CMU students relate and teaches us how to get involved on campus. Alpha is a five week program that helps us develop leaderships skills including team building, personal leadership, student involvement, and communication.

Alpha separates everyone into groups of about 10-15 people with two student facilitators. Our group, the Gucci Gold Bananas were awesome. I got to meet some very cool people and built even better relationships with the people I already knew before. I have always gone to many leadership conferences, camps, and other experiences, so I did feel like I already knew what to expect out of Alpha, but I did however, not take it as a joke and still made the best out of it. I was lucky enough to have a wonderful group with two amazing facilitators! I feel like I did take out with me some meaningful advice and now this Spring Semester, I have been selected to be a facilitator. I cannot wait to share my advice and watch our CMU leaders develop themselves to make our campus, community, and world a better place.

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