Part III: English 150 Reflection

For my English 150 class, we have written a paper on leadership language analysis and a leadership theory group project. 

For the leadership artifact analysis paper, we had to pick a video or a picture of a leader showing leadership and explain in detail what they did in the artifact to show their leadership skills. I choose a video of Robert Kennedy giving a speech to a crowd of people announcing the death of Martin Luther King Jr. The paper was challenging because it analyzing what characteristics a leader can do to show their leadership. The rough draft of the paper was torn apart from my teacher. It did make my paper better though. It caused me to re-think about how I wanted to approach the anaylsis with my writing. The introduction was this: Some of the best works of art have been in the moment, whether it is a photograph that had been snap at a random time or a blob of paint added to a painting at the last second. On the night of April 4, 1968, Robert Kennedy gave an improvised speech that would forever be known as one of the greatest speeches in history. Kennedy’s timing, expression of emotion, and word choice allows the audience to grasp onto the concept together we can work to have love and compassion rather than hate. The audience was a mixture of white and black Americans of rural Indianapolis who wanted to hear Kennedy give a campaign speech instead they heard the announcement of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Although, Kennedy was advised not to go on stage that night due to the unsafety of the environment; he went on and spoke about what he believed America should hear. I ended up getting a 100% on my paper so yay! 

The next assignment was a group project explaining a specific leadership theory and making a experiment showing the theory in action. It was so great to have a group project where all the members worked evenly. My group had Heroic Leadership. It was fun to research such a interesting leadership theory. Heroic Leadership isn’t just about being a superhero, but more of making a sacrifice for others. Our experiment went really well too. It was having a ‘hero’ in a group of people doing Mastering Biology online homework together. The ‘hero’ would sacrifice themselves for the group. We would then ask the group questions that was on mastering biology afterwards and learned that they depended on the hero so much that they didn’t learn anything. The hero helped them so much that they were relying on the hero to the point that they couldn’t do anything themselves. This project wasn’t challenging content wise. It was easy to research, conduct an experiment, and present all of the information. The hard part was People who fight for human rights or govern countries are common examples of heroic leaders. They possess the essential qualities required to perform this leadership method. However, leaders do not necessarily need to have authority or power to be heroic. Because people often strive to become heroes based on authority, the concept of heroic leadership is often criticized. True heroic leadership is when an individual “leads with absolute integrity while raising individual performance to a personal best and building a team spirit of sacrifice for the common good”. My group ended up getting 150/150! All of our hard world paided off!

© Ayet Nguyen 2016