John Jensen’s View of Leadership

Posted on February 27th, 2012 in Perspectives on Leadership,Uncategorized by Jan Bilgen

This week we asked John Jensen for his view of leadership.  John is a sophomore majoring in Political Science with minor in History. He is currently the Vice-President of Whitewater Student Government and currently seeking the Presidency of Whitewater Student Government.

John said…

My theory on leadership derives from the following quote by President Harry S. Truman, “To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.”  The reason why I believe that this quote is so important to the concept of leadership is because I also believe that every leader must be a follower.  However, not every follower is a leader.  The leader is the person who was following at some point in time, but then decided that a new direction was necessary and began going towards a different goal.  That individual became a leader when other followers realized that they wanted to go in this new direction as well.  The position of being a leader does not require that you have any “followers”, what it does require, however, is a healthy relationship with anyone who does follow.  A leader must always be able to justify why they are leading themselves and perhaps others towards a new direction.  As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”  The key characteristics of a leader are; Courage, Confidence, and Communication.  Courage, in my opinion, is not defined as having no fear, but rather how well you can stare your fear in the face and overcome it.  Confidence in yourself is completely necessary for anyone else to have confidence in you and your ideas.  And effective communication with your followers, yourself, and other leaders will help any leader further their goals and become a better leader.  


Tempestt Ballenger’s view of leadership

Posted on February 21st, 2012 in Perspectives on Leadership,Uncategorized by Jan Bilgen


Tempestt Ballenger is majoring in Operations Management with expected date of graduation being Spring 2013.

As an undergraduate Tempestt is the Impact President, 3rd Floor Lee Resident Assistant, and NRHH member Internships and Purchasing Intern for Aptar-Mukwonago.

Tempestt said, ” One cannot just become a great leader overnight, leadership is something that is learned and acquired over time. It comes about through experience with trial and error, compromise, influence, and perseverance.”

 Trial and Error: We must know failure so that in the moments we do succeed we can be grateful that our hard work and efforts paid off. Like FDR said “It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”

Compromise: A true leader is aware of the individuals who follow them and others. So in times of discord they act as a non partial mediator and makes compromise for the greater good of everyone.

Influence: The tools for greatness and innovation surround us everywhere we go. I think it is a leader’s job to shine light on these tools so that others may seem them and are inspired to achieve greatness for themselves and others.

Perseverance: Most important of all these things. It is easy to lose faith and give up when times get hard. But it is in these tough moments that we either fold under the pressure or push our limits to greater heights. So even when life gives you 1000 reasons to quit, leaders must find at least 1 reason to continue on and remain hopeful for change.

Now this may not be your definition of leadership and in truth if you ask me next week I may say something different. But leadership itself is about transformation. It is about the transformation of society, of individuals, and most of all ourselves. Leadership comes in many forms and each form is specifically tailored for each individual need or task. That is the beauty of true leadership, it constantly changes and with it so does our world for the better.




Donald Dantzler’s view of leadership

Posted on February 13th, 2012 in Perspectives on Leadership,Uncategorized by Jan Bilgen

This week, we asked Donald Dantzler to share his opinion of leadership.

Donald is a graduate student studying Masters of Education-Professional Development with an emphasis in Higher Education. As a graduate student, Donald is the coordinator of the African American Network Mentoring Program, and a graduate assistant in the Academic Advising and Exploration Center.

Donald also attended UW-Whitewater for his undergraduate career, as undergraduate student he played for the UW-W Men’s Basketball Team,  he was BSU member, Warhawk Ambassador, Phi Beta Lambda member, and one of the founders of the Pi Omega Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

Donald shared his definition of leadership “My definition of a leader is someone who is able to take feedback as well as give it. A leader is not afraid to take risk, and always believes in a positive outcome. A leader should be poised, honest, trustworthy, and reliable, for he is often the voice and face of any organization or group.”




Nicole Golden’s Leadership View

Posted on February 6th, 2012 in Perspectives on Leadership,Uncategorized by Jan Bilgen

We asked Nicole Golden, senior at UW-Whitewater, member of Sigma Sigma Sigma, National Sorority and Pan-Hellenic Council President to look into our definition of leadership and give us her view.

Once again we define leadership as…

“Leadership is an influence relationship among leaders and followers who intend real changes that reflect their mutual purposes”  —Joseph C. Rost

Nicole’s response-

I believe that this specific definition of leadership is extremely true, in my opinion based on the word relationship. I fell to be a true leader you need to have a relationship with the people that you are working with wither they we the other leaders or those who are following in your movement. If you do not establish a bond of friendship or understanding with others that you are working with, then how can they ever actually take you seriously. In my position as Panhellenic Council President, it is EXTREMELY important to me that I have a close bond with the women that are members of the Greek Community, but all Greeks as a whole. When you demonstrate that you truly care about what they believe in, but also respect the differences between all, that is when you are truly a leader. I would not have been in the past roles that I have played and where I am today, if I did not feel that all Greek Women matter, it does not matter the letters that they wear, but what they do in those letters is what defines us as Greek Women. I am honored to be the President of the Panhellenic Council and represent all the truly amazing and diverse women that are a part of the Greek Community.


Leadership Is

Posted on February 4th, 2012 in Tips and Secrets,Uncategorized by Jan Bilgen

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
John F. Kennedy