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Alumni Profile: Scarleth Lopez

Scarleth Lopez was a participant on Stephen F. Austin State University’s first ever Pay It Forward Tour.

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Why STLF Matters: Ownership

Why STLF Matters Series #3

The idiom ‘practice makes perfect’ applies to leadership as well as it does to most disciplines. Being a leader isn’t about having a title but assuming responsibility, responding to crises, and being proactive. STLF provides first-chance opportunities for this kind of leadership.

I remember my first experience as a Pay It Forward Tour leader. When I think about it know, I recognize that it wasn’t my most successful venture. Sure, it was challenging in the moment, but it wasn’t until my second time leading that I begin to see trends in my reactions to situations and analyze how I might act differently.

Successful ownership in leadership relies on experience and familiarity. The more familiar we are with something or someone, the more we identify with them, the more ownership and sense of responsibility we experience. At STLF, Tour leaders feel ownership for the program they plan as well as the quality of the experience of their tour participants.

After ten, fifty, even one-hundred experiences, we still learn, we continue to reflect and become better leaders. This is as true in leadership as it is in a sport, art, or academia; it’s all about practice!

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