More about Ashley Lang
Ashley is from Jesup, Iowa and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Textiles & Apparel and a Journalism minor and earned her Master of Science in Counseling & Student Personnel, College Student Affairs from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University. In her free time she likes to keep busy volunteering for her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, coaching and consulting with StrengthsFinder, spending time with friends and family, shopping, reading, crafting, and watching movies.
I believe that we must have a clear understanding of our personal identity – who we are, what we value and why we do what we do before we can expect to lead others. Understanding ourselves is only one piece of the leadership journey. We then need to understand what role we play in leadership and followership. We need to challenge and nurture our peers, while pushing to be our best version of self. I believe in offering a balance of challenge and support in developing the holistic student. It’s important that this development occurs through the curricular and co-curricular lens. Leaders have a choice in who they are and who they can be. This is discovered through personal reflection, moving out of their comfort zone and taking risks. Leadership is about discovering purpose and moving that into action. It’s important to develop the passion and confidence necessary in order to create a vision and then be willing to act. Understanding yourself gives insight into how one can best interact with others, as well as what to expect when working with others – why people act the way they do. Leadership as defined by the Institute for Leadership Education is, “Taking responsibility for our communities, and making them better through public action.” By being aware of how we lead and why, there is a better understanding of how one can best impact their community and make a difference in the lives of others.