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Gotta Lead'em All: Pokemon and Leadership

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Transcript of Gotta Lead'em All: Pokemon and Leadership

UB RHA Leadership Conference 2014
Gotta Lead'Em All
Pokemon and Leadership
What kind of Pokemon are you?
ELECTRIC TYPE
-Responsible
-Organized
-Dependable
-Conscientious
-Practical
-Controlling
-Easily Stressed when things go off the plan
-Obsessive
Likes
- Structure
- Consistency
- Long Term Plans
Dislikes
- Chaos
- Messes
- Being Corrected
Fire Type
- Bold
- Passionate
- Spontaneous
- Outgoing
- Creative
- Energetic
- Impatient
- Rash
- Quick Tempered
Likes
-Randomness
-Activity
-Living in the Moment
Dislikes
-Structure
-Being told what to do
-Deadlines
-Emotional
-Defensive
-Optimistic
-Calm
-Loyal
-Empathetic
-Aesthetic
-Sensitive
-Easily Frustrated
Grass Types
Likes
- Talking things out
- Group Hugs
- Self-Expression
Dislikes
- Betrayal
- Sarcasm
- Stress
Water Type
- Rational
- Determination
- Philosophical
- Confident
- Independent
- Intelligent
- Unemotional
- Arrogant
- Resistance to Change
Likes
- Working Alone
- Learning New Things
- Efficiency
Dislikes
- Ignorance
- “Small Talk”
- “Order for the Sake of Order”
Like Pokemon, student leaders have different TYPES
Adapting TRUE COLORS to Pokemon
Which fits you the best?
Sticking with one type won't get you very far
The best teams utilize a variety of types
Some Leaders, like Pokemon, just have a natural talent and can lead on their own right away.
Other Leaders need to be trained before they can lead well.
Sometimes, it may take a lot of training, but the results can make some of the best leaders imaginable.
The Power of Teamwork
Threats
Rivals
To Be a Master
Ash Ketchum
Strategic
Youth
Determination
Brings out the best in others
Inpatient
Rash
Overconfident at times
Resistant to constructive criticism
Strengths
Weaknesses
The Journey and Destination
Not All Leaders Are The Same
Ash's mission is simple: "I want to be the best"
Over the course of his journeys, many short-term goals arise:
To defeat Team Rocket
To defeat all the Gym Leaders
To capture as many Pokemon as possible
Train Pokemon to be powerful
Make new friends
Short-Term Goals help get us closer to our overall goal
What is your overall goal?
What steps are needed make that a reality?
Every good leader has weaknesses that they must face from time to time.
Often, these weaknesses will challenge a leader and test them.
Keeping a open mind to the skills/knowledge/values of others
Intercultural Competency
The Elite Four
Team Rocket
“A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.”
“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves”
“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
Often, a leader will face a situations that where they must overcome advesity.
When these situations are overcome, the leader betters themselves and the community around them.
“The future starts today, not tomorrow. ”
All leaders eventually will have to prove themselves.
This final challenge is what separates the proverbial boys from the men.
If sucessful, the leader will have gained experience and proven themselves among their peers.
Starting Your Journey
Before you set off on your goals, you need to have a good grasp of who you are and what are the things you want.
What are your threats?
How will you overcome them?
How to win at Pokemon
Assemble a team of Pokemon with diverse types so as to counter any type weaknesses.
Teach each Pokemon a moveset that compliments the other member of the team
Train each Pokemon in a way that maximizes their strengths
Keep in mind the special abilities of your Pokemon and use them to your advantage
Tyranitar
Rock/Dark
+Speed +Attack
Move First and set up Stealth Rock

Tentacruel
Water/Poison
+Defense +Special Defense
Set up Toxic Spikes
Use Rapid Spin to remove obstacles
Black Sludge item to heal and stall
Skarmory
Steel/Flying
+Defense +Special Defense
Set up Spikes
Use whirlwind to force opponent to switch
Roost to heal and stall
Garchomp
Dragon/Ground
+Speed +Attack
Dragon Tail forces opponent to switch
Overall offensive powerhouse
Espeon
Psychic
+Special Attack +Speed
Magic Bounce protects from certain non-damaging moves
Generally good Special Attack offensive Pokemon

Blissey
Normal
+HP + Special Defense
Soft-Boiled to heal and stall
Aromatherapy to heal entire team
Planning out your Journey
Pick a long-term goal for yourself, it can be a big as you want
Plot our 8 steps (badges) that will mark progress to your goal
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