Leadership series hones in on employer-desired characteristics

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Edward Aguilar, Student Equity and Diversity Manager for Delta College presents at “Get Your Hustle Right: A Strengths Based Leadership Journey
Edward Aguilar, Student Equity and Diversity Manager for Delta College presents at “Get Your Hustle Right: A Strengths Based Leadership Journey" on Wed. April 3 in the DeRicco building. Photo by Vivienne Aguilar.

For the first, Delta College has offered a Leadership Workshop Series for students to earn a certificate helping them stand out to employers.

On April 3, Student Equity and Diversity Manager Ed Aguilar lead the workshop titled: “Get Your Hustle Right: A Strengths Based Leadership Journey.”

Aguilar had high energy during the presentation.

He spoke in a way that made students perk up. His enthusiasm mixed with his choice of 80s hip hop music and pop culture references ensured participation in the workshop.

Associate members sometimes added to the Ed’s energy. The presentation unfolded the nature of hustling to make the best of a poor situation when you’re on your own. The harsh truth was softened by Star Wars and tortilla anecdotes.

“I appreciated his hustle to make a positive money legal situation when he didn’t have much,” said student Rhea Cuevas.

Approximately 50 students filled the DeRicco classroom to learn about how to strengthen their personalities.

In the workshop templates of the Myers Briggs, Color, and another personality test was passed around.

Aguilar recommended students invest in these personality tests. He stresses the importance of being an “authentic leader.”

Many students agreed with the notion leaders should be true to themselves and flexible.

In the professional world, this means being real and knowing when to “code switch” or “play the role” in certain situations to give off the best possible perception of yourself.

“A good leader knows how to observe,” advises Aguilar.

Many of the students in attendance were there for the Leadership Certificate that will be presented after the last workshop.

“I think I got exactly what I was looking for. I believe that by attending these workshops it could help me learn more about myself and what skills that I can use for the workforce,” said culinary arts students and student chef Marlene Cruz.

The final workshop’s date has been updated and will be held in DeRicco 274 & 275 on Tuesday, April 16 at 3:30 pm. It is titled “Managing Conflict Effectively” presented by Delta College President/Superintendent Dr. Kathy Hart.