Today is the seventeenth day of the new blog series entitled Bring Your Leadership to Life! Join us throughout the month of March and beyond as we feature guest bloggers who share their perspective on how they bring their leadership to life! This blog series highlights the theme of the 2nd Annual Evening for Austin Leading Ladies, an event that SOS Leadership is honored to be hosting in partnership with The Concordia MBA on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Concordia University Texas. Learn more about this powerful event and register at www.austinleadingladies.com.
Ruoyun Xu is a Graduate from St. Edward’s University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. She is currently a Marketing Intern with Found Media Group and VESS Consulting Group. Apart from her focus in Marketing Research, Ruoyun was able to become a Branch Manager for Vector Marketing at the age of 20 and later a Content Programmer for Blastro Network, a Music Video platform. She also enjoyed volunteering as an Event Coordinator for the GLUE Program, the exchange program between St. Edward’s University and its Japanese sister school, Asia Ritsumeikan University.
When I think about leadership, I think of someone who is able to voice out their thoughts and not be afraid of any repercussions. Growing up in a collectivist culture at home, I was taught to filter my thoughts starting at a young age. Where standing up and voicing my thoughts correlates with a negative attitude in the eyes of my elders. However, I also grew up in an individualistic culture in the U.S., where in school it would be considered a bad thing to stay quiet.
Having grown up in between two polar opposite cultures, I’ve learned to forge my own path. Growing up, my voice has always been physically louder and much deeper than most girls. This has led to some personal image issues because I would feel awkward standing out like a sore thumb with my voice different from all the other girls. However, as I grew into a leadership position, I learned to use my deep loud voice to control a crowd. I remember speaking up one time in class my teacher even commenting on how my voice sounds similar to Margaret Thatcher. At that moment, I realized what it means to have a deep voice, the connotations to having a deeper louder voice allows me to command a presence in a crowd.
To have a deep and loud voice doesn’t mean that I am a black sheep. Instead, it becomes useful when you are trying to herd a large group of people during a tour or an event, which at times seems like you are trying to herd cats.
So to put it simply, a way that I bring my leadership to life, is having the confidence to use my deep, loud voice. To be unafraid to stand out among the crowd, voice my thoughts, and be heard.
Stay tuned in the days to come as the Bring Your Leadership to Life Series continues….