BIG L, little l. What begins with L?

Megan Speck, New Mexico Membership Coordinator

May 31, 2019

Have you ever read a book or listened to a song so many times that it starts to permeate, maybe even haunt, other aspects of your life?  For me, at this stage in my life, this could be ANYTHING by Dr. Suess.  At this particular moment, it is Dr. Suess’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book.  Even now, as I’m writing, the phrase “nine new neckties, nightshirt, nose” keeps popping into my brain.  Which leads me into:

BIG L, little l.  What begins with “L”? 

Well, that is, of course: Leadership

Leadership is a thing that I talk about regularly with my students, as I am sure it comes up with yours.  It is a quality that our admission’s committee values in a prospective student and is also a skill coveted by future employers.  I find that students think that “leadership” means being president of 500 different organizations.  Although this is one way to showcase leadership skills, I would argue that we all have leadership qualities that we demonstrate in our own way.  Not everyone can be a Leader, but everyone is a leader.

What is a Big L Leader?  These are people who have been appointed or recognized as a leader.  People who are seen as “in charge”.  Big L leaders are who we traditionally think of when we think of leaders (president, team captain, CEO, etc).  Little l leaders, on the other hand, are our everyday leaders.  They are the people who volunteer do to the small task that helps to accomplish the greater goal.  They don’t necessarily have the title, but have the characteristics to be successful in day to day life.

What characteristics do you want in a leader?  What characteristics do you have as a leader?  It is important for us to be able to identify and recognize these qualities in ourselves, as well as those around us.  As you work on identifying these skills, I encourage you to use them to become the best leader you can be.

As you go off and continue whatever amazing things you have planned for today, I’d like to leave you with this quote from John Quincy Adams, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

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