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Alumna addresses student conference

By : Nadeska Alexis

Pick any stranger in the room around you and find out something they’re proud of having accomplished within the past six months. This exercise in making connections is one of the first steps toward being a successful leader, according to leadership speaker Regina Clark ’82.

Clark spoke Oct. 14 on “The 7 Cs of Leadership” as part of the XCEL Center’s annual campus-wide student leadership conference.

It’s all a matter of making the right connections, Clark told students. The ability to connect with other people and organizations and deal with other forms of networking is vital to leadership.

“Making connections is hard to do,” she said. “Meeting people and making a connection is a skill, and you have to figure out how to do that.”

Be strategic with your connections, learn whom you want to meet, what you need and who can help you in your career, she advised students.

Clark said leadership is a process that encompasses the 7 Cs: connections, competence, courage, being a champion of change, communication, commitment and character.

“Why would anyone want to be led by you?” she asked the students. “It’s really thinking about why people should or would want to follow you.”

Clark outlined some of the basic skills of a great leader, which include the ability to listen, trust, empower and support others. “Getting people to do something for you, getting people to move forward, that is what leadership is,” she said.

Clark used short anecdotes and interactive activities to illustrate the importance of each “C” to students.

“I thought her speech was very helpful,” sophomore Jacqui Boroda said. “She described the different Cs very well.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08