On my first day of the LEAP program, I gained new insights regarding accountability and response ability. During the session, we watched a clip from Steven Spielberg, Schindler’s List. Schindler, the nazi-factory owner held himself accountable for his association with the nazi party. Although Schindler saved and protected hundreds of Jews, he acted with honor and integrity by holding himself responsible in the current war circumstance. The film emphasized that accountability and integrity are critical components of a strong leader. During this unit I learned that most of my shortcomings in my life are due to not responding appropriately in important situations. By reflecting on these shortcomings, I can learn how to respond better to controversy or issues and hold myself accountable. It’s no secret that coaches and leaders build their foundation on their strengths, but everyone has weaknesses that they can improve on. Learning about your colleagues, teammates or students strengths and weaknesses can lead to a more cohesive team unit.
As I approach the end of my Leadership training, I find myself more prepared and qualified to create positive change in my community. The graduation rate of New Canaan High School was 98.6 in 2016, while West Hill High School (Stamford) was only 88.9. Only six and a half miles separate these public schools, but the achievement gap between them would lead an outsider to believe they have nothing in common. Public education is funded by Connecticut tax payers money and everyone in the state should have the right to a formative education from a prominent institution. As someone who has had the privilege of attending a school like New Canaan, l am working with LEAP4Change to ensure that kids in Stamford have the same opportunities as I did.