Running head: JOURNAL ASSIGNMENT 1
JOURNAL ASSIGNMENT 5
Week 1 Journal Assignment
In this journal I will describe two skills from the “Self-Assessment of Leadership Skills” on pages 45–47 of the Corey, Corey, & Corey (2018) course text that are relative strengths for me and two skills that are opportunities for growth. For the growth areas identified, I will provide a strategy for enhancing these group leadership skills.
The first skill that I feel that I am relatively good in modeling is active listening. I like to give the client my full attention when I am counseling with them. When actively listening I feel like you have to have an open mind to what the client is saying. You have to withhold any judgement you might have. The other skill that I feel like I do well in is clarifying. I feel that in actively listening you have to do some clarifying to make sure you are understanding what is being said. If I do not understand, I do not mind asking the person to help me to understand. This also helps the person go more into details about what they are talking about.
There are several skills that I need growth in but the two I will share are the skills supporting and assessing. I choose supporting because I am not sure if I balance challenge and support. I know when I challenge but I don’t really recognize when I am supporting. I feel like I am good at challenging. I can use what I call the sandwich approach to help me keep a balance in the two. When I go in to challenge, I need back door with something supportive, then back to the challenge. This can be done with supporting, then challenging, back to supporting. Assessing is something I struggle with because the world constantly use labels and it’s hard to not use them at times. I feel something that would help me with this is getting to know the person before reading about them. I know that we need to know why they are seeking help to be able to help them but I feel that reading someone else’s notes before hand could also cause us to label them. Maybe the initial session you can get to know the person better to help you get the feel of them and vice versa. We tend to label people as “crazy” if we see them just staring at nothing but little do we know there is something going on with them. Maybe they need a little help to even understand why they do that behavior.
In conclusion, I realized that there are a lot of growth areas that I need to strengthen. Even the ones that I feel that I am most skilled in could use sharpening. The self-assessment help me to see it more clearly.
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Corey, M. S., Corey, G., & Corey, C. (2018). Groups: Process and practice (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.
Luft, L. (1982). The Johari Window: A graphic model of awareness in interpersonal relations. In NTL Institute, NTL Reading Book for Human Relations Training.