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Dealing with Rejection: Advice for Young Leaders
How do you respond to rejection?
Becky explains that hearing the word "no" can make students hesitant to reach for other goals, such as applying for scholarships and internships, because of the fear of rejection. Becky takes students through a self-leadership process, encouraging them to see the big picture and the availability of options beyond the initial rejection. Most importantly, Becky helps students understand how to respond and overcome challenges when faced with rejection.
For so many of them it's a painful process. It's the first time that in their own eyes, seen themselves as failing and they don't know what to do with it. Sometimes I'll get a parent calling. It's just a different world. So we're trying to have those conversations with those students so that we can tell them it's what they do with that "no." It's what kind of "yes" are they looking for in that "no." If this doesn't happen, what are your options? What are your opportunities? And to try to get them really to convey how well they handle that no says volumes about their character and their future.
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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