"What qualities should a leader possess?"
"I think it's a matter of being aware of the differences that exist among the community you represent and lead. Then in line with that, listening to people that come from these various demographics. I can never speak on behalf of student athletes when I myself am not one of them, so I cannot assume their thoughts or opinions about any given topic.
One part is just my temperament as a person. I enjoy listening to conversations, whether I should be or not! Otherwise, I believe it is matter of wanting to put others’ needs before my own, which requires me to listen to what those needs are. I’m a musician. So listening to music and my own playing is the practical side of listening for me."
"How do you put others' needs before your own?"
"Practically, it is choosing to give my own meal to someone who may not have one. Being a student that lives on campus, I have a meal plan. Some students that may not have a meal plan can pay out-of-pocket for meals. It may just be giving up my meal plan for them to save a few bucks. But then on a larger scale it’s acting, speaking, representing majority voices over my own."
📸: Kaitlin Palma