Leaders are all around us; guest speakers held leadership workshops to motivate Texas FFA members to be better leaders. Texas FFA Ethical Leadership Fellows (ELF), Oklahoma FFA Vice Presidents Courtney Maye and Katie McCauley, National Vice President Randa Braune, and Texas Collegiate FFA State officers all educated the members on the characteristics of a leader.
The ELF kept members enthusiastic by combining visual and verbal messages informing all the members on leadership qualities, in their workshop “Reset Leadership.”
Oklahoma Vice-Presidents Maye and McCauley broke down how to be a leader into three basic steps: personal leadership, team leadership and service leadership. When asked about how they developed the topic of their presentation “Leading Out Loud!”, Courtney said they learned from previous leadership camps they had attended on leadership.
“We get a lot of ideas from speakers,” Maye said. “And tied in the 3 steps of leadership.”
National Vice President Braune had the members rapping their meaning of positive influence in her workshop “I-Fluence.” Braune played many games throughout her workshop to relay the 3 I’s of positive influence: I-see, I-know, I-influence.
“Positive influence equals positive lives,” Braune said.
The Texas Collegiate FFA State Officers also held a workshop on leadership called “iTeach,” where they incorporated the usage of cell phones to deliver their message on becoming an agricultural science teacher.
The Texas FFA Association enlists many great leaders that are able to come to the State Convention and pass along their knowledge to members. It is then in the members’ hands to pass the knowledge onto others.