Growing personally and professionally with Leadership Greensboro

27th Feb 2015 Leadership, Profiles

When I first received the notification that I was accepted to Leadership Greensboro for the 2015 class year, I was beyond excited. In my mind, I imagined how the year would go, visualized what my classmates would be like and thought of how Leadership Greensboro would change my life for the better.

I also had a moment of anxiety in thinking about the task ahead. What would I be learning? What qualities can I contribute to the group? Would the class have a bunch of buttoned-up business people with type A personalities and no sense of humor? Would I be accepted among my peers in the group? I thought about all of the things one would expect when embarking on a new adventure without knowing what was ahead. Well, I’m here to tell you that my anxiety proved to be false.

It is even hard to put into words the joy, excitement, and life lessons that I have learned so far from my experience in Leadership Greensboro. Leadership Greensboro has been above and beyond anything I could have imagined in the few short months that I have been a part of this year’s class. On the first program day, it was clear that our group was going to bond and work well together. We represent a diverse group of individuals from all facets of life and all areas of business and industry. And yes, many of my classmates have a sense of humor too!

There are many experiences from this year that I could share regarding the work we have done so far. Our program days challenge us to think about leadership from a variety of perspectives. I have learned that leadership isn’t just about being the leader of a group or the one in complete charge of everything at an organization or company. Leadership is also about collaboration and consensus building.

When we spent the day at Team Quest, an outdoor experiential learning program through UNCG, it Ciara-Marable-headshotgave me the opportunity to put my leadership qualities to work. I found the supporter element of my leadership style coming into play as I supported my team in the various tasks that we accomplished that day. I learned that even as a supporter, I was still functioning in the role of a leader. I didn’t have to be out in front dictating to exhibit the multidimensional qualities of leadership. I have continued to build on what I have learned at Team Quest while being in the leadership class.

Leadership Greensboro has afforded me awesome opportunities that I wouldn’t have otherwise received had I not taken the initiative to seek a place in this year’s class. As I continue to grow in my personal and professional journey, I will be taking all that I have learned in Leadership Greensboro and applying it to future goals and my life.

-Ciara Marable
Associate Director
UNCG School of Education