Sarah D. ‘24
Leadership requires many different skill sets, and effective leaders use tools and traits such as integrity, empathy, communication, and courage to accomplish their tasks and goals. Thanks to its dedicated volunteers, HOBY used real-world scenarios, puzzles, and exercises to get us to think about our skills and talents and apply them to leadership roles. I enjoyed the lessons and assignments affiliated with the power of influence. Although some of us sometimes confuse influence with manipulation, strong leaders learn how to influence through inspiration, motivation, and creativity through transparency and trust.
Finally, and most importantly, this year's HOBY conference renewed my connection and affection for the power of gratitude. Gratitude is often practiced and spoken about in the halls and classrooms at Trinity, and the HOBY conference described how some of the best leaders know how to express sincere gratitude. Let us never forget the magnitude of showing a genuine smile and hearing the appreciation behind a heartfelt "Thank You." I thank Trinity Hall, the volunteers, staff, and invited speakers at HOBY. I intend to use what I learned in my every day and student life and apply the principles of being a better leader and person to my position on the SCOPE Council.
Sophia R. ‘24
One of my favorite activities with my group was figuring out what type of leader each one of us is and how we work well individually and with each other. Using this information, we created a non-profit organization to fix a problem in our community. After working diligently together on visual representations as well as a pitch of our idea, we presented our project to other groups and listened to their organizational ideas too. The most inspiring part of this activity was hearing how many students said that they were going to pursue the non-profit organizations their groups had created when the weekend was over.
At HOBY, through my favorite chant, I learned that no matter how small a step is as a leader, every little piece of progress is outstanding. I have already seen the influence HOBY has had on me as a leader. In merely a month of finishing HOBY, I have finished 90 of the 100 hours of community service the youth leadership program recommends to each student. I will continue to use and grow the leadership skills I learned at this seminar, especially at Trinity Hall this upcoming year.