Earlier today I posted something I experienced in Adult 642. A recent project turned into a huge learning experience that applied to Groups and Teams as well. I probably should have picked up my text and reread some of the earlier chapters.
I’ve realized that I struggle with many aspects of the role of leader, like making decisions, enforcing rules (it’s so easy to make exceptions, even for a policy-lover like me!), creating goals and staying organized. And you know what? I did it. Our project was amazing. I’m very lucky to work with two amazingly smart ladies on these design challenges week to week.
While I won’t get into feminist theory here, I think a great deal of my apprehension of leadership is based on a societal structure of gender norms. Also, none of my jobs required me to lead. I’d go so far as to say I have been put in subservient roles in my work life. These lady astronauts serve as a huge inspiration to me to improve myself and my career prospects!
One of the things I’m experiencing in this program is that I’m learning a large number of life lessons as well that I can apply to struggles I have at work, in school and in my home life. I could have easily have gotten a master’s degree in English, and it would be very similar to my undergraduate work. However, I don’t think I would be learning how to teach, create activities, work in group, design curriculum and a number of other lessons, in addition to all the theory I’ve also read and enjoyed.
Photo of the first class of female astronauts from NASA on flickr’s Creative Commons.