Being a Leadership Consultant for Kappa Kappa Gamma has been a dream of mine since my first meeting with one during my freshman year. Fresh to Chapter Council, I completely fell in love with her and the job she described to me. I met with every LC who came to my chapter from then on, and my desire to become one grew. I could not get over how enriching the job sounded, but I never really considered everything it would teach me.
Being an LC makes your life unpredictable in the best possible way. I never know exactly what each new day will bring. Being comfortable with change was never one of my strong suits, but things change quickly on this job. I learned to adapt to whatever situation arose in a calm manner and help the chapter adjust if necessary. This meant drawing on different aspects of my personality depending on what the situation called for. While I recognize what my strengths are, I have been able to work on all aspects of my skill set and develop skills that I may not have been able to otherwise.
Kappa has a strong support system. However, LCs are called on to make quick decisions or advise the chapter on what they think the best decision will be. It is not always feasible to call someone and ask their advice in fast-paced situations. We have to be confident in our decisions and comfortable with the effects they will have on the chapter. We make recommendations based on what we know about the chapter and campus culture and often, we are on our own. The confidence I have in my abilities helps me feel comfortable making large-scale decisions without second-guessing myself or looking to my superiors to make decisions for me.
I have also embraced public speaking. We typically give a presentation to each chapter, which has taught me to create meaningful content that can reach a wide range of women. I have learned to be comfortable talking about difficult subjects and presenting a less-than-popular opinion. It can be hard to face a large group of women and tell them something they do not necessarily want to hear. This ability will help when I have to do the same thing in my future profession. Public speaking comes in many different forms.
Being an LC has helped me practice and be comfortable in front of large groups of people I do not know well.
It’s not just work though. Being an LC is also a lot of fun. You get to go places you may never have otherwise and meet inspiring women who have incredible potential. You gain professional skills that will be helpful in whatever field you choose. Being adaptable, decisive, confident, and good at public speaking is important in every occupation. It was difficult to imagine that this incredible first job would teach me so much. On top of all of this, I am now one of the most efficient packers I know, and that is saying something considering I used to be the queen of over packing!
||Kristina Wenner, Arizona State, is a 2016–2017 Leadership Consultant. Interested in joining our Field Representative team? Find out more by visiting www.kappa.org/field_representatives today!