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Summit Leadership Conference Recap


The Summit Leadership Conference is an annual two-day conference where BYU alumni share their stories and teach current students how to make an impact in the world through leadership. This year, we heard from BYU alumni Derek Miller, Jill Marchant, Tom Doxey, Janalee Emmer, Lisa Jones Christiansen, and Eva Witesman. In summary, here were some key takeaways...


Derek Miller: Sometimes weaknesses that we perceive in ourselves can be turned into our greatest strengths. Don't constrain yourself to one passion, branch out! Loving your enemy shapes you into the kind of leader that you should be.


Jill Marchant: Value misalignment when in a career creates exhaustion! Figure out what your values are and focus on them. As we move on, we leave behind our legacy, reputation, and work products. Becoming better versions of ourselves allows us to impact others.


Tom Doxey: Never view your challenges as disadvantages. Overcoming those challenges makes you a better leader and person. Surround yourself with "builders," (people who build you up with aligned values).


Janalee Emmer: "Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and really working really hard to make that future a reality." (Angela Duckworth)


Lisa Jones Christiansen: Everyone is affected by trauma, and in terms of your leadership, all trauma is equal. It's not about catering to weaknesses, it's creating a culture where strengths can shine. Trauma-informed leadership is a skill, not a style.


Eva Witesman: Do good, avoid bad, seize opportunity, create abundantly, and transition gracefully. A fear of organizational death helps us do bad things and avoid good things. Connection is a significant contributor to well-being.


Everything learned at this leadership conference can be applied to teachers. Turn your weaknesses into strengths, live aligned to your values, surround yourself with "builders," work on personal grit, use trauma-informed leadership, and do good things while making connections. As we work on ourselves and look outward towards others, we become better leaders.


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