John C. Maxwell – 360 Leader Blog Post

360 Leader Reflection


     Reading the 360* Leader by John C. Maxwell, there were many thought-provoking ideas and key takeaways. Many lessons apply to the school environment, especially to TALONS and Leadership. For me, the message that maturity comes with accepting responsibility, investing in a vision makes it become your own, and the idea of competing with versus completing those around you stood out the most.

“Maturity doesn’t come with age. It begins with the acceptance of responsibility.” – Ed Cole (Maxwell, 2006). This quote stood out to me because I believe its message is something that I need to understand to grow in my journey as a leader. For me, this quote was a realization not to expect to mature just because I grow in age. Instead, take on more responsibilities and new challenges to grow as a leader and develop in thought and action. In fact, in his book, John Maxwell states that “…one of the quickest ways to gain leadership is problem solving.” (Maxwell, 2006). Not only can you mature through accepting responsibilities, it proves your abilities and will propel you to higher positions while also gaining the trust of others. Again, I chose this idea because it’s something that I believe directly applies to my own life, yet something I forget to carry out in my daily life a lot of the time. I struggle with taking up leadership roles, so this quote reminded me of the importance of taking on all chances given to me, actively seeking out more opportunities to lead and follow, and taking away from those experiences. While this quote applies to me personally, I think it can also apply to the TALONS program and its members. Considering that TALONS is a school program, there is an emphasis on growth – growth in the community, growth as an individual, and growth as a student body. Furthermore, taking initiative is an emphasized part of the program, so I think this quote perfectly ties in those two aspects of TALONS into two sentences that all members should understand. Overall, this quote was a wake-up call for me more than anything else that I can’t expect to grow my leadership skills while being passive. 

The second idea that stuck with me was this: “The more you invest in the vision, the more it becomes your own.” (Maxwell, 2006). In other words, the more you are involved with a project, the prouder you will be once completed, and the sense of achievement/accomplishment will be exponentially higher than if you weren’t as invested. Going beyond just the project itself, being more invested in a team or group project can allow you to form closer bonds/relationships with your group members. Naturally, as you all work towards a unified goal, you will become closer with each other, and John Maxwell even commented that “Relationship skills define 360* Leaders and separate them from other leaders.” (Maxwell, 2006) This message of investing in a vision, project, or goal is relevant personally as I often cannot jump headfirst into a new task. Such is the case if I get assigned to a project I dislike or have to work with someone I am not on the best terms with. However, as the first quote states, the more I invested into projects, I grew to like them more, and as I worked more with people I disliked, I began to enjoy working with them a bit more (most of the time). This concept of putting effort into something to make it your own is just as relevant in TALONS, where there are many group projects like cultural events, fall trips, and spring trips. While these projects aren’t long-term visions like the quote says, they still give students the chance to exercise their teamwork, leadership and the opportunity to make the project their own. Arguably, the TALONS program itself, trip planning, and projects are visions to some level – all of which are carried out by those in the TALONS program. To truly create a thriving community, everyone must take ownership and feel that the visions they work for are at some level of their own. This furthers my leadership by pushing me to participate more in the program and larger community to help those around me and improve my leadership skills.

Finally, the last point that left the strongest impression on me from John Maxwell’s 360* Leader book was the idea of competing vs completing when leading across. First off, what does leading across mean? In his book, John Maxwell uses ‘leading across’ to talk about leading your peers. Competing versus completing is the difference between competing with others around you to climb up the ladder on your own versus working with others to improve them and allow them to further you as well. As students, most of the people we come across in our daily lives are our peers – whether at school, clubs, or teams. Due to this being the case, I believe that learning to complete others rather than compete with them all the time is a valuable tool to have. In TALONS, this is especially true, where a hierarchy of sorts with clear responsibilities exists. In such an environment, everyone must work together to complete one another rather than compete. For how can the program run properly if the members that make it up to try to tear each other down? As for me, this concept can help me improve my leadership skills by understanding that leadership isn’t about being the best all the time, but being the best from where I am at and being a team player.

Jang Yeong-Sil: Learning Centre

Jang Yeong-Sil:

Learning Centre

By Matthew Jang

Welcome everyone to my learning centre! This year for my Eminent Person Project, I decided to choose Jang Yeong-Sil. To show my learning over the course of the last two months, I have compiled a short book with facts about my eminent person. I hope you enjoy your read, and feel free to leave a comment or question down in the comment section below. Please use the full size option when reading the book for a better experience.

Digital Footprint Assignment

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

My digital footprint might affect my future opportunities through the way I present myself online – what I post, comment, etc. When applying for a university/college or job I want to go to, the school/employer might want to look at my past records and social media activity to see if my past posts reflect the school/company well. If my posts show that I have been active in my community by attending social events, serving the community or advocating for movements/groups I believe in, the school or employer might see that I am invested in the community. Furthermore, they could see what type of content I usually post or like, to see if they are appropriate for the environment I might be entering into as a student or employee. In contrast, if my past social media activities show I have been leaving hateful messages or encouraging hate against certain communities, the school/company will probably take that into account when evaluating me as a candidate.

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

To keep my digital footprint appropriate and safe, I can limit the amount of things I share on social media, regularly change passwords and delete old accounts, and always make sure to thoroughly read and understand terms and conditions. Limiting what you share is very important, as it wouldn’t be a very good idea to share everything that you do, and definitely wouldn’t be a good idea to share personal information online. Regularly changing passwords can lower the chances of a breach occurring in an account or device, and deleting old accounts that aren’t being used also helps. Using variation in passwords is also very important. Finally, reading the terms and conditions to make sure that you aren’t being scammed or are agreeing to something you wouldn’t want, like an app that might track your activities is a good idea to keep your digital footprint safe.

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.

I don’t think there’s anything I would do differently online, as I am not very active online, and have been on Instagram for only 2 or 3 months.  The only other social media I have is Discord, where I only communicate with friends, and have never mentioned passwords or personal information of any kind.

Personal Blog Link:

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.