John C. Maxwell – The 360° Leader

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“Be willing to do what others won’t”

(Maxwell, 2006)

            John Maxwell explains that a 360° Leader must be willing to do what others will not to lead up. They are willing to take the tough jobs and put themselves on the line; this earns them the respect of their leader. This quote stood out to me because I have experienced many situations where I needed to take the initiative in difficult situations, especially in sports. For example, I take penalty kicks on my soccer team. This role requires putting myself on the line in high-stress scenarios and confronting the grueling mental battle of stepping up to the penalty spot. These skills can be applied in the TALONS program, especially during event planning. An invaluable committee member has a whatever-it-takes attitude and takes ownership during challenging circumstances and exceeds.

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For example, if a crucial aspect of an event is missed during planning, a 360° Leader will go beyond expectations and take control of the situation. These actions show that they are willing to do what others will not. By employing this technique when I lead, I can prove that I am a valuable member of the group because I will take the initiative and do more than expected. It will also allow me to succeed with difficult people because I will confront tricky circumstances. Also, putting myself on the line will make me a more effective leader because my group members are more likely to follow me when I am invested in the project. In summary, being willing to do what others will not is an essential skill to add value to a group and be a more effective and invested leader.

“Your job isn’t to fix the leader; it’s to add value.”

(Maxwell, 2006)
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            Being caught in a situation where you are following an ineffective leader can be frustrating. However, instead of fixing or replacing the leader – which is inappropriate – change your attitude and add value to the leader. Everyone has had to follow an incompetent leader, so knowing how to highlight their strengths and complement their weaknesses is essential to ensure the project can be completed efficiently. Before adding value, it is imperative to build a solid relationship with the leader and appreciate their strengths. Only then can you begin to develop a plan with the leader to complement their weaknesses. In the TALONS program, everyone has the potential to be a very competent leader. However, being placed outside their comfort zone can be overwhelming. In this situation, it is essential to add value and assist them to grow as a leader. Trying to fix or replace the leader will not only cripple your relationship with them but will also be incredibly detrimental to the group’s workflow. Knowing how to add value to an incompetent leader will increase my influence, allowing me to lead the group further. Furthermore, adding value to my peers when I am a leader makes me more effective and influential. Also, knowing how to accept the value, other individuals add to complement my weaknesses and when to ask for assistance is essential in being an approachable and continually growing leader. If I am not willing to let others help me, I will not develop my leadership abilities.

“The Law of Influence: The true measure of leadership is influence – nothing more – nothing less.”

(Maxwell, 2006)

            The Law of Influence states that leadership is measured by influence. Leadership is independent of position, meaning that the position does not make the leader; the leader makes the position. In other words, the amount of influence a leader possesses determines their strength, not their status in a company. The Law of Influence summarizes the entire book exceptionally well because the guide focuses on leading from the middle. Leading in the middle requires influencing those below you and above you, and this can only be achieved by a leader who does not rely on their position for authority. This attribute is an essential skill to possess in the TALONS program since it is critical to lead effectively from anywhere. For example, even if you are not an organizer or have a designated leadership position during a trip, you must be able to take control of the situation if there is an emergency. It is evident in this situation that you do not always have a leadership position, and in order to lead in this scenario, it is necessary to have a strong influence. Recognizing that having influence is significantly more important than having a leadership position when trying to lead will significantly aid me in furthering my leadership skills. Instead of only taking charge when I have a leadership position, I will attempt to gain influence within the group by building chemistry with my peers and working for the benefit of the entire group. Gaining influence will allow me to lead from any position in the group, making me a more versatile leader.

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Sal Khan: Learning Center

Welcome to the Sal Khan Learning Center!


Sal Khan is an American educator who is redefining the education industry with his mastery-based approach to learning. He founded the popular online resource Khan Academy, and created a school around his mastery-based learning philosophy known as Khan Lab School. Khan focuses on allowing learners gain a complete understanding of subjects, and delve deep in topics beyond the curriculum.

Some of Sal Khans achievements include:

  • Receiving the Microsoft Education Award in 2009
  • Khan Academy receiving the Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation in 2019
  • Founding Khan Academy in 2007
  • Featuring on the cover of Forbes Magazine for a story on “disrupters” shaking up education
  • Founding Khan Lab School in 2014
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Video Series

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Further Resources

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Barnard, B. (2021, September 4). Vaccinating Education: An Interview with Sal Khan. Forbes. Retrieved November 29, 2021, from

Beard, A. (2015, June 26). Life’s work: An interview with Salman Khan. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved November 29, 2021, from

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (2012, November 13). Salman Khan timeline. Daily Bulletin. Retrieved November 29, 2021, from

Khan, S. (2021, September). What is the history of Khan Academy? What is the History of Khan Academy. Retrieved November 29, 2021, from


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Q&A with Khan Academy founder and commencement speaker Sal Khan. Q&A with Khan Academy founder and commencement speaker Sal Khan | The Dartmouth.

How Sal Khan launched a revolution in online learning. How Sal Khan launched a revolution in online learning | Stanford Graduate School of Education.

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Eminent Person Interview Reflection

Attempting to get an interview for my Eminent Person project was a frustrating yet insightful experience. Even though I sent four emails, I received no replies. However, I still learned many valuable skills during the process of creating and sending my emails. First, I learned how to construct a well-worded, formal, and polite email by properly greeting and thanking my interviewee and explaining the project, the TALONS program, and my goals for the interview. I ensured that I kept the date and time flexible because it would increase the likelihood of my interviewee accepting since they are probably busy. This skill was valuable, not only for the Eminent Person project but also for my Digital Literacy assignment, where I was instructed to create another formal email. Also, in the future, I will need to compose formal emails on many occasions, such as for assignments and jobs. Another skill I learned while preparing for a possible interview was how to write questions. The questions should be specific, so they are simple for the interviewee to answer but open-ended enough to add details and interesting facts. Also, while practicing for my interview, I became confident at asking relevant follow-up questions on the spot, making my interview feel natural and allowing me to gain more information.

            However, despite learning many new skills, I did not get the opportunity to test my interviewing skills. Not receiving this opportunity was frustrating because I spent a reasonable amount of time preparing by doing practice interviews, making questions, and constructing four different emails. One factor that played a role in not receiving an interview was that the contacts of the individuals I intended to interview were usually locked behind paywalls, so the sites I got them from were slightly questionable. Next year I might consider paying a few dollars to obtain more reliable contacts, or I could interview someone in a similar field like a university student as they are easier to contact. Unfortunately, someone in the same field will not answer more specific questions as they probably have not extensively researched my eminent person.

            Although not receiving an interview was frustrating, the whole experience was incredibly beneficial because I became proficient in many new skills. I learned how to construct a formal email, a skill that will prove to be extremely useful for the remainder of my academic and professional career. Also, I honed my interviewing skills throughout the entire process, and I am confident that I will have more success in obtaining an interview next year.

Practice Interview Reflection

My practice interview was a beneficial experience because it helped boost my confidence and made me feel more prepared for my actual interview. Practicing my interviewing skills with someone I know and who is my age will help me ease into conducting a proper, formal interview with my eminent person, instead of doing it with little previous experience. I asked clear and specific questions that were still open-ended enough to allow for follow-up questions that I developed during the interview. My follow-up questions helped me gain more detailed answers from my interviewee, leading to my next guiding question. I also stated with easy warm-up questions and maintained eye contact to make my interviewee feel comfortable before I got into the meat of the interview. Using these techniques made my interview flow nicely between questions, making it more conversation-like, allowing me to touch on various topics and ask more personal questions. For future interviews, I need to maintain appropriate body language that shows that I am engaged and interested in my interviewee’s responses. Also, during the practice interview, I asked follow-up questions very rapidly, partly because I was inexperienced and did not want to exceed the time frame. I need to add more time between questions to give my interviewee a chance to elaborate or add fascinating facts.

            During the practice interviews, I also got the opportunity to be the interviewee and assess my peers. Being the interviewee aided me in understanding what I needed to do as an interviewer to make my interviewee feel comfortable. My partner’s technique started with a cordial greeting and some small talk to ease me into the interview, which helped lead me to questions that required more thought to answer. As the interviewee, I also understood what types of questions are difficult to answer or need clarifying. Understanding this will allow me to order my questions accordingly to make my interview easier for the interviewee. Observing my peers while they conducted their interviews was very insightful as it helped me recognize areas I need to improve on and some of my strengths as an interviewer. Recognizing my strengths will aid me in my interview because I can use them to my advantage. For example, I excel at developing follow-up questions that make my interview flow naturally, so when I conduct my actual interview, I will make my guiding questions very open-ended and use follow-ups to get detailed answers and transition into the next question.

            Conducting the practice interviews was very useful as it helped me recognize areas of improvement and my strengths. Playing different roles in the practice interviews, such as the interviewer, interviewee, and evaluator, allowed me to observe the interviewing process from different angles, and this will help me conduct an effective interview with my eminent person. I will continue to practice my interviewing skills in my free time and during my Career Education 9 assignment, where I need to interview two individuals to prepare for my actual interview.

Eminent Person Commenting Reflection

Looking at my peers’ blogs was a very insightful and enjoyable process. I gained much knowledge about eminent individuals from various fields of study, I received advice that will help make my future blogs more engaging, and I advised my peers on ways to improve their blogs. While reading others’ blogs, I learned about incredible sportsmen and women like Usain Bolt and Naomi Osaka and famous musicians and singers, including Doja Cat and Mike Shinoda. However, the post that interested me the most was Ah-Ra’s post about Dana Terrace, a prominent animator. Dana is a well-known openly LGBTQ+ individual, and she is spreading the message that everyone should be accepted for who they are. Even though she has received considerable backlash, Dana is promoting her message through her animation, and I find this very inspiring.

Along with reading my peers’ blogs, I also commented on them and received comments on my post. By commenting on others’ posts not only did it help them improve their future posts, but it will also help me improve my blog. Looking at my peer’s blogs with a critical eye allowed me to discover aspects of their posts that I could use to improve mine. Furthermore, considering and acting upon the feedback I received on my post will drastically improve my future ones. Overall, I had a great time reading my peers’ blogs, and this experience and the comments I received on my post will aid in improving my writing as a whole.

Sal Khan – Eminent Person Introduction

“I like to imagine a world where no matter where you are born, any village, any school, anywhere, you’re able to tap into your potential improvement.”

– Sal Khan

This quote exemplifies Sal’s goal to provide free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. He is achieving this goal through his nonprofit organization Khan Academy, which contains high-quality videos for various subjects.           

The individual I chose for my Eminent Person Project is Sal Khan because he has profoundly affected the education system with his views about the learning process and access to information.

Click here to read more about Sal Khan

Sal’s eminence is displayed in the work he has done as an educator. He is the founder of the nonprofit organization Khan Academy, whose mission is to “provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.” Khan Academy is shaking up the education industry by using a learning model that encourages mistakes and reinforces mastery. Sal’s vision is to have students learn at their own pace, and his mastery-based approach to learning shows promising results. The traditional learning model is flawed because students are lectured and then tested on subjects, and even if some learners score poorly on tests, the entire class continues to the next subject. This method leaves gaps in learners’ understanding, which become apparent as they continue to increasingly complex subjects. In contrast, Sal’s mastery-based approach to learning helps learners master concepts before moving to the next, allowing them to learn at their own pace. This method also provides opportunities for learners to build deep understanding instead of surface perception. Sal also believes that access to learning is a human right, so he set Khan Academy as a nonprofit. He wants his content to be accessible to everyone for generations, and he does not think a for-profit would stay true to its mission. Sal’s mission and beliefs make him stand out as an innovative and forward-thinking educator. However, Sal’s success did not come without struggle. He forced himself to suppress his dream of developing Khan Academy because it was too risky to quit his hedge funds job when he did not own a house, had a baby on the way and still needed to pay his wife’s outstanding student loans. Due to his circumstances, when Sal started Khan Academy, he protected it by saying, “This is a hobby. This is a passion. This is fun.” as it developed. He became further demotivated when the dot-com bubble burst when he was a part of it, making him believe entrepreneurship was not for him. Luckily, Sal’s old boss thought it was valuable for employees to have their own lives, which allowed Khan Academy to blossom. When Sal finally quit his old job in 2009, he already had over 100 000 users, appeared on CNN, and talked to philanthropists, so he was at minimal risk.

Click here to learn more about the history of Khan Academy

Sal’s desire to gain a deep understanding and challenge himself, growth mindset and humbleness make him worth researching. I also possess some of these attributes. I try to emulate his humbleness and outstanding ability to receive and act upon criticism, and he motivates me to pursue my passion and take agency over my learning. In school I faced similar challenges to Sal. For example, as a gifted learner, Sal faced many of the same obstacles as me, such as not receiving opportunities to discover beyond the curriculum or study topics of our interest. Sal and I were extremely fond of our gifted classes because they allowed us to explore our passions and learn in ways that differed from traditional means of learning. As a TALON, I admire Sal because he wants schools to begin shifting towards allowing learners to become autonomous and self-directed. There is an increasing demand for autonomous individuals that take agency over their learning in the workplace, which the traditional schooling model does not produce. Another similarity that Sal and I share is we are both brown-skinned and have a heritage in India. Even though I am a Sikh and Sal is Muslim, we were still raised with similar values and exposed to Indian culture. Also, as a racial minority in North America, we are forced to battle against stereotyping and unfair opportunities. In summary, our similar upbringing allows me to empathize and connect with Sal’s challenges as he continues to revolutionize education. Sal Khan’s eminence is clearly displayed in his journey and achievements. His goals and experiences are closely related to my own, and his methodology for teaching will have a profound effect on learners for many generations.

For the next phase of my research, my goal is to continue researching Sal Khan’s life and acquire a deeper understanding of the inspiration behind the development of Khan Academy. I will also attempt to contact Sal for an interview.              

Digital Footprint Assignment

1. How might your digital footprint affect your future opportunities? Give at least two examples.

A digital footprint is a record of an individual’s interactions online, including everything they share online, their location data, search history, cookie data, and posts they like or comment upon on social media. Companies are constantly tracking and collecting data and selling it to other companies. It is impossible to ensure that no data is collected while using the internet. Therefore, it is imperative to maintain a positive digital footprint. An individual’s digital footprint can impact their reputation, affecting their employment opportunities and chances of getting admission into a university. For example, an inappropriate comment or post on a person’s Instagram could be seen by an employer, possibly making them reconsider hiring that person. However, a positive digital footprint could increase the chances of getting hired or gaining entry into a university. Posts that display an individual’s positive traits or achievements can positively impact employers screening prospective employees’ social media.           

2. Describe at least three strategies that you can use to keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe.

Some strategies that can be used to maintain an appropriate and safe digital footprint are thinking before posting, remembering that information online is permanent, and avoiding oversharing. Always think before posting anything on the internet. Use the T.H.I.N.K acronym to assess a post. Is the post True? Is it Harmful? Is it Illegal? Is it necessary? Is it Kind? A post that does not meet these criteria should not be posted because it will harm the sender’s digital footprint. Also, remember that content that is online is permanent. Images and posts can be saved or screenshotted and shared with others, even if taken down. Finally, do not overshare. Do not share private information like passwords, addresses, or bank card numbers online, even in private messages, because there is always the possibility of an account being hacked. The privacy setting on a social media account should be set so only friends and family of an individual can view the posts, reducing the risk of leaked private information.   

3. If you could go back in time, is there anything that you would do differently online? Think of what advice you would pass on to your younger self or other students.

Something I would do differently online is reading the privacy policy and terms of service before signing up for an account, so I know what the company that owns the website is doing with my data. I would also check my cookie settings to ensure I only agree to the minimum amount of cookies the website can collect. Taking these steps would minimize the data companies can collect from me and sell to other companies.  


Training Post

You are now going to create your very first post. In a separate tab or browser window, go to your Dashboard on the left and go to  Posts -> Add New.

1) Title – Create a title for your blog post. Your title will be: Digital Footprint Assignment

2) Body – This is where you place your content of the post – text, videos, pictures, etc. Follow the instructions on the Digital Footprint Assignment page to see what questions you need to answer here.

3) Tool Bar – In your toolbar you can “Add Media” and “Add Documents” into your posts, this is the best way to create visual representations. You can also change fonts, hyperlink, etc.

4) Publish – Here is where you control what items are public and private. You can also control when they are published to your website.

5) Categories – Here is where you choose where you want your post to go. This is your digital binder with all of your subjects. Make sure to categorize each post with the relevant subject. E.g. Categories -> English

6) Tags –  Here is where you tag posts with one or two of the most readily applicable Core Competencies. These tags can help you find things quicker on your blog and help you stay organised. E.g. Tag -> creativethinking

7) Publish – When you are done, simply “Publish” it. If it has been edited, press “Republish” to update with the latest version of the content.