E-Portfolio Mentor Review
On September 27, 2017, I conducted an interview with one of my co-workers from the past five summers. I felt that someone I have worked with closely for the past five years would really be able to assess how my leadership skills have developed. Steven Sorensen is a co-worker that I have always looked up to in terms of leadership. He has always been someone in the office that is able to take on any project and lead a team to complete it.
My questions really focused on my development of leadership over the past five years as well as what I can do to continue to become a better leader. Some of the answers that Steven gave me were not what I was expecting but were positive things to hear. For example, when I asked him, “How would you describe me as a follower?” he didn’t give me the response I was expecting, he gave me a well thought out response, “I think that as you grow in your education life, you are moving away from the natural place most kids are at when they’re 17-20, which is a follower. You are learning who you are and where/who you want to be, and that is helping you shed the role as a follower and letting you grow into an individual free thinking leader,” this response was very positive for me. The more I thought about what he said the more I found it to be true. When you are in college you tend to fall into a pattern of following others and not taking on as much leadership positions. Over the past year, I have really branched out from that and done things on my own and that my peers may not necessarily be doing. For example, I went out on my own and decided that I wanted to get my yoga certification license. This was a big step for me in terms of wanting to be a leader and taking on leadership roles. A common theme that I saw appeared in our interview was my hard work habits working for me as a leader, and that the experience I have been through helped shape me as a leader.
When Steven looked at my e-portfolio he suggested that I need to spend more time on it. Which I agree with, that was not a shocking comment from him. He knows what I can do for projects so he is a good person to push my limits on making the best final product I can. Other suggestions that he had for me were to revise my front-page summary about myself and to try to make my profile look less generic.