As we continue the march toward the November conference, we wanted to check in with some of our March attendees and see what lessons from Orlando were sticking with them months later. Today, we speak with Shawn Hamm, medical student and SGA President at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine.
What’s an important or significant session or experience that happened while you were there?
I had the privilege of connecting with many of the faculty members at Lead365. Outside of the normally scheduled sessions, I was able to talk to them about how they have approached leadership and how they continually improve their leadership skills. I was able to talk to them about personal experiences and what inspires them every day to be better leaders. I have connected with many of the faculty on social media and hope to continue to be inspired by them well beyond the Lead365 Conference.
What were you most excited about, as you left the conference, to share with those on your campus?
A powerful lesson that I took away from Lead365 was the idea of practicing the “art of mattering.” We were asked to imagine that every person we interact with has an imaginary sign around his or her neck that says, “make me feel important.” Every single person wants to matter, in one way or another, and a good leader practices the art of mattering by making the people around him or her feel important. In the context of being a medical student and future physician, I am most excited about sharing this idea with my classmates as we begin to interact and care for our patients. I think it is critical that we take the time to listen to each of our patients, understand their perspective, and make them feel like they matter. A Lead365 faculty member summed up this idea by sharing a quote by the late Maya Angelou – “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I can only hope that my classmates will be inspired by the idea of practicing the “art of mattering” to make them better leaders and better physicians.
If you could tell someone thinking about attending the conference why they should go, what would you tell them?
Fear is our #1 opponent in being a great leader. So, just as the Lead365 faculty challenged us, I challenge you to ask yourself two very important questions – What is the worst thing that could happen if I do take action? If I do not take action, what will it cost me? As great leaders, we have to change our mindset, lose the fear and have courage to act. Act by attending the Lead365 Conference and capitalize on this amazing leadership and learning experience. Sometimes you have to “feel the fear…and do it anyway!”