Founder of Growing Leaders shares knowledge and teaches leadership skills

Author brings up emotional health and self-awareness to students

By Kierstyn Wiley
On March 22, 2019

Student Life welcomed best-selling author Dr. Tim Elmore to ASU on March 6 to discuss leadership skills for young adults.

Elmore, president and founder of Growing Leaders, is a world-renowned expert on Generation Z and uses his knowledge and ideas to help young adults succeed in their careers.
The beginning of the presentation focused on the word ‘habitude’ and how young generations should understand that the attitudes or habits they see in other people can reflect how they act or what they do.
“It’s a way of learning a timeless leadership principle through the power of a picture or image, because pictures are worth a thousand words,” Elmore said. “You’re going to have to observe people. It seems like to connect with people as a leader, you’ve got to read them before you lead them.”
Elmore said mediocre leaders will receive mediocre feedback and great leaders will encourage others to better their performance.
“Great leaders have learned to play chess in the relationships of their life, and they connect with others at the uniqueness of their strength and their personality,” Elmore said. “Those people will flourish under the leadership.” 
Elmore discussed each generation from 1929 to 2018 and said younger generations have more opportunities than their predecessors.
While there are more opportunities, Elmore said technology and social media have led to lower rates of confidence.
“You need to be able to take control and have confidence to do so and not worry about what negative people have to say,” junior Makayla Wells said. “Confidence is key to life’s successes.”
Elmore said the top three sources of stress for Generation Z are academic pressure to perform, social media’s influence and parents’ fears and expectations. 
“We surveyed students from five nations around the world; industrialized nations and developing nations,” Elmore said. “The No. 1 thing these kids said they lacked, from India to Mexico, was confidence.” 
A person’s emotional intelligence, the ability to interact wisely and effectively due to self-leadership, can be developed, Elmore said.
He said to break down emotional intelligence, individuals should have self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.
“I believe the first person I’ve got to lead is me,” Elmore said. “Once I can manage me, my emotions, my reactions and the temptations I have to retaliate, I am aware of how I come across to others.”
The four elements of emotional health are to feel a sense of worth, belonging, competence and purpose. Without these, individuals may feel inferior, insecure, inadequate and insignificant, Elmore said.
“If your leadership tree is going to be strong, and you’re going to see great fruit being born, I’d love to commission you to find classes, mentors, professors and books where you can discover your personality, traits and gifts that make you unique,” Elmore said. 
Elmore also recommended curriculums and gave advice to faculty, staff and students who asked about his presentation.
 “I felt this presentation was very reassuring in reminding me of the aspects in my life that I am doing well on and the others I could improve on,” senior Alexa Duron said. “Never stop growing in multiple aspects. Have people in your life that hold you accountable of your goals.”

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