Aha Moments in Building Leadership Skills

Have you used a-ha moments to choose your decision-making model?

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Dr. Becky Barker, who teaches leadership skills and organizational leadership at The University of Oklahoma, shares the importance of discovery in leadership. She calls this, "Aha moments" — when students truly understand a concept and are able to run with it and make it relevant to their lives, their work, their leadership style.

She adds that those moments of discovery happen across the board, at any leadership level, helping people understand why they are the type of leader they are; the way in which they approach problem-solving, and why they are more comfortable with one model of decision-making over another.

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One of the things that I love most in teaching leadership and organization is the “aha” moments, when students get a concept and they’re able to take it and make it relevant. Helping them to be successful and hear those stories of how they have taken the text and made it come to life for them is gratifying.

The “aha” moment for a student, employee or anyone is wonderful. You almost see the expression on their face, you see it physically in their body, and it’s as if this weight is lifted from their shoulders and they’re saying says, “Ah, I get it.” When you can help that come to life for somebody, that’s significant. That’s when it becomes very real and meaningful and energizing and fun.

Leadership skills include a lot of psychology, a lot of understanding people. It’s being patient, it’s learning to listen, not having all the answers. Also, in some cases, it involves going through models or steps to get to a good decision.

In one of the classes that I teach on campus is leadership and organization. One of the things that I love the most is the aha moments, when students get a concept and they are able to take it and make it relevant. That's really across the board, is any time you have that leadership aha moment of this is why I am the way that I am, this is my style, this is the way I approach problem solving, looking at different models or methods of decision making. Helping them to be successful and to hear those stories of how they have taken the text and made it come to life for them.

The aha moment for student or an employee or anyone is pretty neat too much. You almost see the expression on their face, you see it physically in their body, and it's just like this weight almost is lifted from their shoulders and says, "Ah, I get it. I get it," and it's an excitement. When you can do that, help that to come to life for somebody that's pretty significant. That's when it becomes very, very real and meaningful and energizing and fun. It's in the aha, of making their life a little different. And them also thinking this isn't that hard. This is not rocket science. This is not hard stuff.

A lot of it is psychology, a lot of it is understanding people. It's being patient, it’s learning to listen, not having all the answers. But also in some cases going through models or steps to get to a good decision or through a process.
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Dr. Becky Barker

Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Barker has worked in higher education since 1985 in various roles in student leadership development and leadership education. Her current work at the University of Oklahoma focuses on empowering college students to...

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