The most valuable lesson I learned today was that motivation is the key factor of success. The greatest challenge I faced today was the Army Personal Fitness Test. I gave my best effort and I am proud of my performance. I had the most fun with skit night. It was awesome to be able to poke fun at the instructors and staff. Before FLC, I wasn’t quite sure exactly what leadership was. I understood the basics, but still needed a lot of guidance. Having been through FLC, I now understand that leaders need to motivate their team and provide a “foundation” for their team to build off of. I feel confident with my leadership abilities now, and am very excited to apply them in a real life environment. Alphas lead the pack!!!
When I first came to FLC I knew little about what it took to be a good leader. Throughout this camp I have started to learn what it really means to be a leader; motivation, communication, and inspiration. This camp has taught me many important things that I will take with me into life and the military. I learned how much teamwork makes things easier. You can complete hard task much easier. Working together and communicating helps the team complete the tasks like pulling a truck or moving a log in tandem. The APFT because it was difficult to stay motivated and keep my teammates motivated. The skits because they were really fun and made some pretty good jokes.
I now view leadership as more of a privilege now because we had to wait for the right chance to rise up and lead our teams, and if we didn’t act fast enough then someone might have taken it instead. I have really improved my patience skills at this camp because people don’t always get everything the first time and they need more explanation on what they are doing. The most valuable lesson that I learned today is that you have to keep everyone motivated to effectively lead people. When my team was motivated they had much more fun than the times they were complaining about everything. The greatest challenge that I encountered today was keeping everyone quite in formation. This was a problem because the camp is almost over and they are starting not to care. The activity that I had the most fun with today was the skit night. This was my favorite because we had lots of fun not only preparing for it, but also getting the chance to get up in front of everyone and make them laugh.
I found as my second time as team leader that leadership is a very difficult skill to learn and master. Future Leader Camp has taught me that being an effective leader is not as easy as it seems. A leader needs to set the example for those under his control. I've leared about the different types of leadership (democratic, direct, and delegation) and which type works and doesn't work depending on the situation. A leader needs to be effective while communicating and confident in his or her decision. All these techniques I have learned through FLC and while help me in the future. As for today, I learned a valuable lesson in being an effective leader while getting input from members under control, especially when figuring out which member should do which event for the Olympic Challenge. This was also the greatest challenge I faced today, when dealing with the most effective ways to win events in the Olympic Challenge. I definitely had the most fun, however, doing the Olympic Challenge. I loved the fun competition between all the teams!
I have made improvements in my leadership since I've been team leader the first time by sounding off during marching. I also sound off with the ditties. Sounding off is a big improvement because I am not usually loud. Since being at Future Leader Camp, I have learned basic survival skills and how to work with people you wouldn't even think you'd ever know. The most valuable skill I learned today was taking command of my team during the drill competition. Being able to sound off and have my team hear me clearly, even if I had to change my voice showed me that with the proper application, marching isn't nearly as hard as it was at the start of the camp. My greatest challenge today was the Army Physical Fitness Test. I was unable to run due to shin-splints, but I still pushed myself with the push-ups and sit-ups. Still, it was a struggle to just watch my teammates complete the APFT without me. With that though, the Olympic Challenge was the most fun I had today because I was able to work with my team, and help in events!
I feel I have learned how to overcome not only myself but to help other individuals overcome their issues and help everyone succeed as a unit. I also learned that I have what it takes to lead teammates who are peers through difficult times. For the most valuable lesson I learned was how to trust my teammates and not go into every little detail with them. Having them concerned over the little tasks doesn't help us complete the big tasks. As for the greatest challenge today, the team skit was difficult because, even though we had practiced and made a plan, we all were very nervous when performing in front of the entire Future Leader Camp. The most fun I had today was during the Olympic Challenge. Being able to see my team utilizes each others strengths was very inspiring and rewarding!
At Future Leader Camp, I was exposed to a form of leadership that is not commonly seen outside of history books. These past two weeks, I have witnessed leadership from the front and with boots on the ground, not from some desk somewhere far away. Each team member was given the task of leading from the front, and it was an experience I will never forget. My greatest improvement from the last time I was team leader was marching, mainly because I actually got to march the team for most of the day this time around! The most valuable lesson I learned today was that I need to continue working on push-ups, as I only got 43 today. This coincides with my greatest challenge, being the Army Physical Fitness Test. The activity that I had the most fun with, however, was doing skit night because I was able to seen how other participants viewed the staff members!
Future Leader Camp has definitely made me a better leader. FLC has brought out my strengths and weaknesses, which allows me to recognize what I need to improve and get better at. The environment at FLC has been fun, hectic, and educational. FLC is a great learning experience, and has helped me decide where I want to go to college, Norwich University. The most valuable lesson I learned today is to try to find the best of every situation, such as trying to find fun in skits. My greatest challenge today was skits because it was hard to coordinate with my teammates over what we should do to show how we see the camp and the staff. The most fun I had today was the Army Physical Fitness Test. It pushed me physically and showed me where I need to improve if I want to come here to Norwich!