As the One World Link Georgia Serves AmeriCorps member, I have the privilege of serving the Urban CEO (UCEO) on a variety of projects including assisting in their Urban Leadership Academy (ULA), the formation of a community credit, planning a small business expo, and solidifying the UCEO brand identity.
During the first Urban Leadership class, we explored leadership styles and personality types, and everyone took a DISC assessment. I was a DC personality -- the Questioner. I really lived up to that moniker. Everyone began to anticipate my questions. However, the UCEO Leadership Team was gracious enough to allow me to be me and understood my questions were not to be disrespectful or challenge authority but to provide me some clarity and to express myself. Some of the most impactful tools that I created for UCEO, such as the brand presentation and development calendar, blossomed from simple questions.
In one particularly intense ULA planning meeting for the class on strategic planning, the questions flowed like water. I asked the UCEO Founder what his vision of success for the organization looked like, then walked him through questions to zero in on specifics. Many of those questions would become apart of the strategic planning lesson.