Leader ↔ Blogger

Over the past few months I’ve been more attuned to leadership.

Leadership is something we share and encourage amongst friends, colleagues and students. As Student Affairs Professionals we work on leadership within ourselves each day (Or at least we should). In our various events, programs and office structures we try to provide opportunities for growth and to experience various facets of leadership from running meetings to conflict management to decision making to team building, etc.

As you know I’ve been blogging for over two years now and vlogging for two weeks. In the world of blogging (for a lack of an overall umbrella term) there are several platforms: you can blog (written word), podcast (spoken), or vlog (visual). On these platforms we create content for consumption, be it personal or professional.

So what is the similarity between a leader and a blogger?

Courtesy of Brian D. Proffer

Courtesy of Brian D. Proffer

Its the vulnerability that both require.

Both as a leader and/or blogger, you are putting yourself, your work and your content out in the world for others to promote, critique, and a myriad of other actions. Regardless of the intent of a leader’s action/decision or the content of a blog post, the multitude of perspectives that may interact with those actions/decisions or may read the content of a blog post can be taken in many ways.

We, as consumers, know there are good leaders and bloggers and that there are those who need more leadership skills training or content development. But in spite of what a leader or blogger lacks, they are still taking a step into the unknown and being willing to be “targets” for the consumers.

On the flip side, as Leaders and Bloggers we should understand that the content we create and put out there will not appease everyone nor will it be agreeable with everyone. We need to understand that we are putting ourselves out there for critiques and will inevitably encounter perspectives and individuals who challenge and/or support decisions and content we submit. Its a process in learning to triage the critiques and feedback, both good and bad. It’s solely on us on how we react and utilize the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s also upon us to determine if we need to improve, change, alter or regroup depending on feedback and our goals and reasons for putting ourselves in a leadership position or being a blogger.

I’m still musing over this similarity between the two, but thought I’d share what I’ve mused over so far 🙂

Until next time!

Peace, Love and Pandas!

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About bdproffer

I am currently the Assistant Manager for the University Activities Board at Michigan State University. After earning my B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint, I entered the Student Affairs profession. After a few years in the field, I returned to school and earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. In my spare time I blog about my thoughts and musings on current issues in higher education, student affairs, web 2.0, LGBT issues and general life inspirations and observations. I also volunteer for Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
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2 Responses to Leader ↔ Blogger

  1. Gavin Henning says:

    Brian, I enjoyed reading your comparison to bloggers and leaders. Brené Brown talks about this idea of putting ourselves out there as entering into the arena. We dare greatly to be out there in front of everyone without knowing what the outcome will be. As leaders are we making the correct decisions? As bloggers do others agree or support our thoughts? There is courage in the act of entering the arena. Perhaps having the courage to enter the arena of public opinion and scrutiny is another similarity between leaders and bloggers. I’m looking forward to continue reading Brené’s new book “Rising Strong” where discusses her theory of how people get up after being knocked down in the arena.

    Thanks for entering the arena!

    • bdproffer says:

      Thanks for reading Gavin! I actually had Brene Brown and her book daring greatly in the back of my mind as I wrote this! Love her books and perspectives! And I absolutely agree that just entering the arena of public opinion is another act of daring greatly and similarity between the two!

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