Mini-portfolio Collaboration and Shared Leadership
May 24, 2017
As a student at UWB, I have been presented with a plentitude of opportunities that include working in a group setting. Through those experiences, I was able to gain the skills to work with peers, follow through with pre-established goals and stay in communication. Group work isn't always easy but I was able to learn how to mediate conflict and adapt to new and, challenging group situations. As a more dominant personality, I learned how to be amiable and share the leadership rather than just take over a project.
The first project I feel fits under this learning objective of collaboration and shared leadership is a group project I did for a Natural History class during fall quarter of 2016. Students were tasked with completing a quarter long cumulative project tailored for a local community organization that the students would spend the quarter working with. I was lucky enough to get assigned to the on-campus department for Outdoor Fitness and Wellness. My team and I worked together to design a nature walk with accompanying booklet under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Each group each member assumed the responsibility of one aspect of the project but we came together at the end to assemble the final project as a group. I was in charge of the visuals for the booklet as well as assembling the booklet in photoshop. I worked closely with the faculty advisor and my fellow students to make sure I was expressing their vision and creating a cohesive and engaging final project. We had weekly meetings to check in on our progress and assist team mates than needed support. The project was so fun because each group member was excited about the project so the energy and effort put into the final project were great.
The second artifact I feel falls under this learning objective was an extracurricular experience. Over the summer between my junior and senior year, I went on a volunteer trip across Canada teaching meditation called Realize Canada Tour 2015. I was put in charge of cooking which meant my duties were preparing food, making grocery lists, assigning people to cook duty and making sure food was prepared ahead of time on long days out. Despite being in a leadership position I made sure to work collaboratively and mitigate duties instead of dominating the work. I had small conflicts with the person in charge of finances but we managed to work through our differences and come to a mutual agreement about food quality versus cheapness. All of the skills it took to do that though I learned from a negotiation class I took at UWB. It was a great learning experience as well as a genuinely fun trip.
Out of all the learning objective, I feel like collaboration and shared leadership is the most applicable to my future after school. As someone who wants to pursue a collaborative job in the arts industry good management and communication skills are vital to my success. Artists can be unusual to work with as compared to other fields so being able to work collaboratively in unusual group situations will definitely give me an edge when looking for work. Classes both in the school of IAS and UWB as a whole emphasize a lot of group work so I had plenty of opportunities to improve my abilities and grow and a person.