Who I am Becoming as A Leader

Who I am Becoming as A Leader

“When the best leader’s work is done, his aim fulfilled. The people will say: We did it ourselves.” This is the saying that impressed me most. …

 

Reflecting on What I have Learned

Reflecting on What I have Learned

I want to make the world a different place with its artistic value, especially in China. Art is fading in China. I wish I can …

 

We Learned about Leadership in the Workplace

We Learned about Leadership in the Workplace

A good leader is not just able to ask his employees to do this thing or that thing, it is essential for the leader to …

 

Leadership Teaches Us Problem-Solving Skills

Leadership Teaches Us Problem-Solving Skills

I understand the toxins of defensiveness, which means people are not willing to accept others’ criticism and feel he/she has done nothing wrong. They cannot …

 

Leadership Shows Us Better Ways to Interact with Others

Leadership Shows Us Better Ways to Interact with Others

There are some valuable lessons in leadership: I think contempt is such an impolite action. Somebody does something that makes us uncomfortable and because of this, …

 

We Learn A Lot Through Leadership

We Learn A Lot Through Leadership

These are some of the things I have learned so far: Using sources effectively is important. Once I gave advice and my workmates just didn’t listen and …

 

Learning to Relax Makes Us Better Leaders

Learning to Relax Makes Us Better Leaders

At first, l was confused about the class because l never learned about or took a class about leadership before, but after two days l …

 

Knowing how to Listen and how to Talk Make Us Better Leaders

Knowing how to Listen and how to Talk Make Us Better Leaders

As usual, we started today’s lesson with intention training. But unusually, introverted I chose “make new friends” and I fulfilled it quite perfectly. In the …

 

Leadership Can Help Us Reach Our Goals

Leadership Can Help Us Reach Our Goals

I chose to do the meditation activity from the beginning until the end of the last presentation to show my perseverance. Although I tried …

 

We Learned to Be Stronger and More Appreciative

We Learned to Be Stronger and More Appreciative

Actually, or group did a very bad job at the talent show because I felt a little nervous and my partner could not remember the …

 

Leadership Skills Make Us Stronger

Leadership Skills Make Us Stronger

I think the talent show if fantastic. I think I improved. Because I was shy at first and felt nervous before the talent show. But …

 

Leaders Appreciate and Understand Others

Leaders Appreciate and Understand Others

Under the atmosphere of the first day of going back to class, I found it hard for my classmates to concentrate in class (dealing with …

 

The Benefits of Learning About Leadership

The Benefits of Learning About Leadership

I am Adam and I come from a small town in Suzhou. Unlike the majority of students who are from the best high schools in …

 

Learning about Strengths and Values

Learning about Strengths and Values

Our class began with reviewing what we’ve learned last week. There’s an old saying in China which means consider the past and we shall know the future. …

 

Making New Friends at The Leadership Academy

Making New Friends at The Leadership Academy

After the teachers said that they would pair students and ask them to work together for a long time, I hoped that I could get …

 

Leadership Helps Us Improve

Leadership Helps Us Improve

I think today I learned tons about leadership characteristics and I realized I don’t have some of them; actually I just have only one or …

 

Learning About Feedback

Learning About Feedback

The Leadership Academy continues to improve.  Not only is the relationship between students and professors improving, but the professors’ teaching styles are changing. The professors …

 

Learning About Leadership Helps Beyond The Classroom

Learning About Leadership Helps Beyond The Classroom

From my perspective, the Leadership course has improved my character. As a not very outgoing girl, I’m always worried about others’ feelings, so that I’m …

 

Reflecting on What We Learned Today

Reflecting on What We Learned Today

Here are my thoughts on today’s class: I think I was a little nervous, but I finished it,  and that’s ok. I learned to not worry about …

 

Applying Leadership Skills to Our Daily Lives

Applying Leadership Skills to Our Daily Lives

When I met my History teacher for the first time I made an assumption. She never smiled at us, so I thought she wasn’t easy …

 

Combining Leadership And Creativity

Combining Leadership And Creativity

We are so excited about the Leadership Academy that we decided to share our feedback in a colorful way.  We hope you like it!

 

The Leadership Academy is an Intensive Experience

The Leadership Academy is an Intensive Experience

On the first day we are strangers to each other but we gradually become familiar with everybody.  I feel myself more confident, for example when …

 

Some Thoughts on Today’s Class

Some Thoughts on Today’s Class

When I have a competition. I always operate on assumptions since I can estimate their strengths from their behaviors or facial expressions. It may help …

 

We Are Learning New Skills

We Are Learning New Skills

Today’s class helped me a lot. First, I felt I was needed by others and comfortable, also. I knew how to ask powerful questions, not …

 

We Are Already Improving Our Leadership Skills

We Are Already Improving Our Leadership Skills

I felt much better today. And I enjoy every minute of it. I really like the “powerful questions” this turn…it provides me with chances to …

 

Our Classes Are Very Interactive

Our Classes Are Very Interactive

I loved today’s lesson about feedback. Because through the experiment we did today, I know how important feedback is. So I think in the future, …

 

The Leadership Academy Is Motivating Us To Improve

The Leadership Academy Is Motivating Us To Improve

I want to see myself be more confident tomorrow. I think I’m not talkative enough in the class. Maybe I’m too nervous to talk. I …

 

Learning About Our Classmates

Learning About Our Classmates

Sia’s story really touched me a lot. When she was in the primary school, she wasn’t confident enough and was too shy to give a …

 

Everyone is Unique

Everyone is Unique

Everyone has their own traits and strengths. Everyone is unique.  So never be shy of your traits.  When you are trying to hide your traits, …

 

Teamwork

Teamwork

In today’s work, we work together and we gained a lot of things.  The most important thing is about leaders. We also did a lot …

 

My Thoughts on Some of The Discussion Topics

My Thoughts on Some of The Discussion Topics

My strengths   I’m good at playing many funny roles in an opera show, I think my performance in class today is better than my expectation, because …

 

Some Reflections on What We Are Learning

Some Reflections on What We Are Learning

At first, I was afraid to go on stage and talk to the audience. After a long time, I started to feel relaxed. When I …

 

The Leadership Academy Is A New Experience

The Leadership Academy Is A New Experience

First of all, it is my pleasure to join this team and to attend this program. The environment and conditions provided to us are perfect …

 

Discovering Our Strenghts

Discovering Our Strenghts

I have never felt so quiet inside and around me. From the “ABCD Mindful Practice”, the only thing I could hear was my breath. It …

 

Learning about Ourselves

Learning about Ourselves

The activity that I learned about myself is talking for 3 min and don’t stop because firstly I cannot do it. But I really did …

 

Reflecting on Today’s Class

Reflecting on Today’s Class

Some thoughts about our class today: My team members thought that I am creative and they believe I’m good at team-working. It makes me feel so …

 

More Reflections on Our First Day

More Reflections on Our First Day

It was the first day of this session, thus I did try my best to offer myself a good start by focusing on the lecture …

 

Learning The Basics Of Leadership

Learning The Basics Of Leadership

Today, the teachers from Duke University taught us something interesting about how to be a leader. The teachers introduced a discussion about some famous leaders’ achievements. …

 

A Promising Beginning To The Class

A Promising Beginning To The Class

Today is the first day we studied in the summer school. All the classes were taught in English. Even though sometimes we can’t understand the …

 

A Great Beginning To The Class

A Great Beginning To The Class

To be honest, I have never participated in icebreaker activities before. Train wreck and human knot give me a splendid impression to me. However, train …

 

Reflecting on Our First Day

Reflecting on Our First Day

I think the games that we did in the afternoon are very interesting. (Trainwreck activity). It actually shows our different hobbies naturally. We can enjoy …

 

Welcome!

Welcome!

Welcome to the Duke Summer Academy. I am excited for us all to experience together a unique leadership development program that is like nowhere else …

 

Welcome!

Welcome!

On behalf of the entire faculty, I welcome you to the Summer Leadership Academy, class of 2015! Our two-week, highly-interactive leadership program is designed around the …

 

A Letter to Parents

A Letter to Parents

July 22, 2015   Our staff has been preparing for the LEADERSHIP ACADEMY IN CHINA from July 13 -21, 2015 on Duke’s majestic campus.  We invited all …