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Articulation key for leaders, professor says

Articulating a vision is important if students want to be leaders, a NE English assistant professor told students Nov. 20. 

“Creating a clear vision makes you the best leader to succeed,” said Shewanda Riley during the NE Student Leadership Academy seminar.

Riley presented three ways students can articulate their vision and meaning: organizational purpose, individual purpose and team purpose. For these three ways to intermix, students should keep good people around, sort an abundance of information, compete globally and deal with rapid change, she said.

“Articulate your idea clearly to become a great leader,” she said.

Individuals have great ideas all the time but don’t articulate them by using the three purposes, Riley said.

“Bad ideas can always become good if you articulate them correctly,” she said.

By applying the purposes, one’s vision will be expressed, Riley said.

“Sharing a vision is so important,” she said.

Riley said people have visions all the time but fail to share them.

“A vision that is not shared is not articulated,” she said. “If you don’t share your vision, how do people know your particular vision?”

She then compared sharing a vision to making a purchase.

“When buying a car, you let the car salesman know what kind of vehicle you desire, price range, etc. He then hears your vision and articulates it for you,” she said. “A vision that is not heard is not articulated.”

Tyler Symone Mosley

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