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Leadership Conference Awakens Student

Leadership Conference Awakens Student The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator test is designed to identify a person's personality type, strengths and preferences. Senior Elevia Le is an ENTJ, which means extraversion, intuition, thinking and judging. She implemented awareness of her personality when she attended the Beta Gamma Sigma Leadership Forum in St. Louis, Miss., on Nov. 1-4.

Le, an undergraduate in business graduate school, engaged in leadership exercises and workshops to express her particular personality, management and work style. She collaborated with 100 other BGS students to understand ethical practices in the business world and discover how to effectively communicate with employees with varying personalities.

“The charisma and the dynamic of the group made the conference great,” Le said. “Everyone was really active and wanted to participate. Working with the same kind of people who are ambitious with high goals and having all that positivity around you makes you want to be a better person.”

Dr. Beena George, associate dean and associate professor of management and information systems in the Cameron School of Business, nominated Le for the conference. She was the only student from UST to attend, which she said made Le stretch out of her comfort zone.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International anywhere in the world. Le was inducted in 2011 when UST received AACSB accreditation.

Not knowing what to expect, Le said the things she learned from the conference has inspired her to re-evaluate her career choices and revamp her leadership methods. Le said patience and self-improvement are strategies she will work to implement in her position as president of the Vietnamese Student Association.

“It made me more aware of the way I talk to people and that makes me a better leader,” Le said. “Trying to relate more to people, even if I don’t understand why they see it that way, made me realize I need to see things their way in order to get things done.”

George said conferences like this help students learn and practice new skills they will need in the business world.

“We try to send students that can come back and disseminate what they learn and heard,” George said. “Elevia will incorporate these skills as she finishes her degree. She is very involved and energetic, so she was a great choice for the conference."