Developing the Leaders Around You

The Law of Explosive Growth: 

“To add growth, lead followers. 

To multiply growth, lead leaders.”

As mentioned in John C. Maxwell’s book, this law is irrefutable. One can recruit a bunch of people to a cause, but if those people are simply followers, the cause will not grow as fast and well as if the recruits are leaders. This is because leaders are not content with following someone forever. Leaders usually want to recruit their own people to lead, and that is what multiplies growth rather than just adding to it. I feel like this quote is very important to my life and the lives of my fellow TALONS students because we are all striving to be leaders, not followers, and we want to be able to help our peers become leaders too. We also want our program and activities to be successful, but in order to reach our full potential we must be good leaders. This also ties into our leadership project and trip planning. The grade 10s help the grade 9s by leading them and teaching them to lead as well, so they can do the same for the next grade 9s. This may not multiply growth since TALONS has a limit on students, but it will multiply our success and enjoyment of the program. The multiplication of success is usually just as important, if not more important, than the multiplication of people. 

 Read more about the Law of Explosive Growth here.


“Leaders are hard to unite.” 

This quote caught my attention because it’s something I hadn’t thought about much before, but is very true. Leaders all have their own ideals and goals for the future, and it can sometimes be hard to unite them when working towards a common goal. If you gather a bunch of passionate leaders and tell them to agree on something, it can be very difficult because leaders are so passionate! However, when leaders work together, the results can be extraordinary, so it is important to try. I remember one day many years ago, when my class was learning consensus in elementary school. We all had to agree on one game to play in gym that day, but everyone had different goals and it was taking forever to decide. I don’t remember how this situation ended, but I like to think that we found a way to unite and had an amazing day at gym because of it. This shows how hard it can be for leaders to work together, and this can also be related to our TALONS trip and leadership project planning. In our program we are all very passionate people with unique ideas. In theory, it can be difficult for us to agree on something, but I am not able to think of any examples of this. I’m sure there are some, but they are likely not major. I think since our class has spent so much time together, we have learned how to collaborate and can work around the difficulty of uniting leaders! 

 As we just learned, it can be difficult for leaders to work together, but it is very important that they do. Learn about how to unite leaders here.


“Travel Agent Leaders send people to their destination. 

Tour Guide Leaders take people to their destination.” 

These two types of leaders are very interesting because they provide very useful insight into what are good and bad qualities in a leader. A travel agent leader simply provides advice to people but has never done what they are teaching! These types of people are not credible, because they don’t know firsthand what it’s like to use this advice. The tour guide leader is very different because they have experience with what they’re talking about and can take mentees with them on the journey. You can tell which leader is better to be, and this is important to me because I want to be that better, more helpful leader. I do not want to be hypocritical by giving advice that I don’t follow myself. Therefore, I try my best to be the tour guide. For example, when last year I was a mentor for digital art, I was able to give my mentee good advice because I had used it on my own art! Additionally, if I had just looked at an art tutorial and relayed the information to my mentee, there would be no reason for my mentee to get that information from me when they could have just gotten it from the source itself. This is very similar to our TALONS trip and leadership project planning because, for the grade 10s at least, we have to be mentors for the grade 9s. It is very important that we are tour guide leaders, so the grade 9s can have the most useful experience possible to prepare them for when they must be mentors.

Learn more about the differences between Travel Agent Leaders and Tour Guide Leaders here.


What have you learned from this blog post? Feel free to leave a comment!


Source: Maxwell, J. (2014). Developing the Leaders Around You. The John Maxwell Company.

Image Source: Mazzone, C. (2017). La Frase del Mes: John C. Maxwell. PressCoaching.

Eminent Interview Reflection

For Eminent this year, we were tasked with interviewing someone about our eminent person, or even the eminent person themself. I began my search for an interviewee by looking at Malala’s non-profit organization, the Malala Fund. On this website I found out that Malala is often too busy to be interviewed for school projects. I understood this perfectly, so I crossed Malala off my list of possible interviewees. The next step I took was to send an email through the website asking to be directed to someone who could be interviewed about Malala and her work. I sent this email a bit less than a month ago, and didn’t get a reply back, so I had to think of some other ways to find someone to interview. I didn’t personally know anyone who knew a lot about Malala, but one day near the end of the project I was talking to Anita about possible interviewees, and we came up with a great idea! Since Malala’s main goal is education for all children, we realized that it would make sense to interview someone who knew a lot about education and how important it is. It would also be great if this person knew a bit about Malala. I decided that I would write some of my old teachers an email asking if they would be up for an interview about the importance of education and how Malala has influenced them. However, by the time we came up with this idea the deadline was getting close, and I was so busy with other schoolwork that I didn’t have a chance to write the email until it was too late. So, what could I do next time to avoid this situation? I think one action I could have taken is to reach out to more people. Outside of internet searches, I only asked my family and Anita if they knew anyone who was knowledgeable about Malala. I could have reached out to more of my classmates and asked my parents to ask people they know. I could have also tried scouring the internet more thoroughly. I mainly looked at Malala’s website for possibilities because I couldn’t find anything else, but I’m sure there were more resources out there that were a bit more obscure. Lastly, I could have managed my time better so I didn’t run out of time to send emails to my old teachers! Truthfully, I thought the interview was due later than it was, and I had more time, even though I had written the due date down in my planner. What I have learned from this is that I need to look at my planner more often. I’m doing way better at this than last year, but this project has shown me that there is still room for improvement! I know having an interview would have been incredibly insightful for my eminent project, and now I know how to do better next time. 

Partner Interviews – Eminent Practice Reflection

October 31st, 2021 

Humanities 10 



I have been doing many interview-related activities for the past few weeks, and one of them was the Eminent Interview Practice. All of these experiences not only helped me practice the action of interviewing and being interviewed, but also allowed me to receive valuable feedback from my group members! The feedback that I got during this interview suggested that I speak up more, as it was sometimes hard to hear what I was saying. My assessment person also said that I was fidgeting with my papers a lot, which I personally realized after the interviews were over. These two actions will be hard for me to fix, as I just do them automatically, but I will make an effort to improve on this for future interviews! However, many other aspects of my interviewing went quite well. I am personally quite happy with how I delivered my questions for my interviewee, as I had them prepared beforehand and I elaborated on them, occasionally adding to the conversation. My observer noticed this, and wrote how that was a useful addition to my interview. Additionally, I made sure to engage with what my interviewee was saying, by nodding and keeping some eye contact. (I usually do this actually, but once I did so while interviewing someone on the phone, and that was obviously not as helpful because my interviewee could not see me!) This experience was very useful, as all practice interviews are. I was able to learn from my mistakes and shortcomings and think about how to fix them for future interviews, but also take note of what I did well so I can continue to improve on my strengths too! There was also one more aspect of the practice interviews that I learned from, and that was the observation of my peers. I watched three different interviews take place, each person involved having different strengths and stretches. I took away valuable information from each one, whether that be confident sounding questions and answers, well prepared answers, or focus on the interview. This will help me because I now have an additional perspective on useful and not useful approaches for interviews, and I can apply the useful ones to my own. All in all, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to improve my interviewing skills and learn from my peers. It was a very valuable experience, and I will be sure to apply what I learned to future interviews. 

Eminent Introduction Reflection

Reading my fellow student’s blog posts was aextremely memorable experience. All the eminent people had interesting stories, and the way my group members wrote their posts was amazing! I got to learn about Harvey Russel’s incredibly action-filled life, Srinivasa Ramanujan’s impressive journey in mathematics, Tavi Gevinson’s inspiring fashion achievements, and much more. It increased my passion for my own eminent project, and to follow along with the progress of my peers. Their posts led me to establish a connection with their eminent people, especially with Julianne’s post about Christine Sinclair. The incredibly talented women’s soccer player’s story resonated with me, because as a soccer player myself, I found it interesting to read about one as successful and influential as her! As for the comments left by my groupmates, they gave me a great perspective on what enhanced my post, and what I could improve on. Additionally, looking at other’s posts will improve my writing, as I can see the strategies used by them that made their work better and implement them into my own as well. My peer’s comments also gave me great ideas on what aspects of Malala’s life to research next, such as Julianne’s suggestion of looking into her early life, and Raghav’s suggestion of researching the details of her activism. I am very grateful for this opportunity to share my work and see other people’s, and I will utilize what I learned on future projects!

Eminent Introductory Blog Post

“I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same. And my dreams are the same … I am here to speak for the right of education for every child. I want education for the sons and daughters of the Taliban and all the terrorists and extremists. I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there was a gun in my hand and he was standing in front of me, I would not shoot him.”

Malala Yousafzai, July 12th, 2013, UN speech 

I was six years old when Malala was shot and she began being recognized all over the world. I remember being very proud of her and inspired by her bravery to stand up for her rights! Malala’s vision of the future is one where women have equal rights for education. She has always fought for that peacefully, and I think that’s equally as important for her eminence as her activism itself. Her morals, objectives, and uniqueness are a huge part of what drew me to her and inspired me to conclude that she would be a great choice for my project. Malala has been speaking up for women’s education rights since she was little by protesting against the actions of the Taliban, an Islamic political movement, when she was only eleven! Her activism only grew from there. But while Malala being recognized helped her activism efforts, it also brought danger, and Malala got shot. She luckily survived, and her story sparked support for her all over the world, which helped Malala bring to light the injustices women face in education. Despite her near-death experience, Malala persevered and kept working towards a better future. Malala’s story just radiates eminence, and I’m excited to go in-depth for the research, using sources like her memoir, to share her story! For the next phase of my research, I plan to read said memoir, as it’s sure to be an invaluable resource, and begin looking for some people to interview.

Malala and I, while being very different, also have lots of things in common. A goal of mine is to make the world a better place, and that’s exactly what Malala has done! We both know what it’s like living as a girl in a society that’s often unfair to them, and that has motivated us to care more about women’s rights and education. We both have big visions of the future that we want to achieve and are very determined to make it happen. Lastly, Malala’s integrity and selflessness leads her to help others escape injustice, not just herself, and I strive to do the same! Malala would make a good TALONS student and is a great role model for this program. She has very strong leadership skills and has spoken to very prominent figures such as Barak Obama. She’s been in many situations that require exceptional leadership, people, and communication skills! She has made a positive difference in the world, and I think that’s a goal we all have. She’s also well educated, as that’s the very right she fought for, and that’s also a goal of TALONS! I don’t know much about Malala’s country and faith, so that’s a barrier I will have to overcome during my eminent project. However, I intend to use my time researching Malala wisely by also learning about Pakistan and the Islamic religion, with the hope of connecting better with Malala and having that show in my project. Malala has inspired millions of girls and other people all around the world to stand up for their rights and freedoms. Malala has unwaveringly fought for women’s education rights, and that has improved the lives of so many women and girls. I think Malala will be remembered for a long time. She’s already done so much in her life, and she is only twenty-four years old, so just imagine what she might accomplish in the future! Since she’s inspired so many people to follow in her footsteps, her actions will likely be carried on by many future generations. 

Malala has been an incredible inspiration for me, and I want to pay that forward during my eminent project. 

Want to watch Malala’s UN speech? Click here!

Research Sources:

Strauss, E. (2013, October 17). What about Malala’s religion? The Forward. 

Spary, S. (2020, June 19). Malala Yousafzai finishes Oxford University, says now is time for ‘netflix, reading and sleep’. CNN. 

Malala Yousafzai. (2021, October 18). Wikipedia 

Image Sources:

Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai Announced as Key Speakers at IIFMENA Conference. (n.d.). Middle East Business. 

Education Campaigner and Nobel prize-winner Malala Yousafzai celebrates straight As in GCSEs. (2015). itv.

Joshi, P. (2017). Malala Yousafzai Received an Offer to Study at a Top UK University. Business Insider.

Digital Literacy: Remote Learning Reflection

What are your thoughts on hybrid learning (in person and at home) compared to when you are in your learning groups (at school for all classes). Which format do you prefer, and why?

Since COVID happened, we have had to rethink a lot of the ways we go about life, including school learning. We have all gotten a good taste of remote learning this past year, but to be honest, I’m not sure which I prefer. There are a lot of ups and downs for each! Remote learning let me schedule work how I wanted when I didn’t have to be physically at school and was a lot more flexible, but there were some days where I didn’t do any work for the class I was at home for. Learning at school is very helpful because it’s a lot easier to get feedback from teachers and classmates, and I personally would rather do most work at school than home. That said, I do hope we keep a bit of the hybrid learning style for next year! It was very different from what we were used to, but I think it’s quite useful. I wouldn’t want to do all learning at home though; that was not very fun. I think the hybrid model was a great alternative.

How has technology benefitted you during the hybrid learning experience?

Technology was very useful because even when we were at home, we could still learn on zoom (though, two hour long zoom classes were a nightmare and I’d much prefer to do that stuff at school!) and communicate with our teachers and peers through emails, teams, and discord. Even through tough times like these, we still managed to stay connected, and technology was helpful with that.

How has technology impeded you during the hybrid learning experience?

Though technology brought us together in many ways, it still kept us apart a bit. It’s hard to connect with people solely through technology, which is why the hybrid model, being able to go to school as well, was so important this year! Also, the way some people used technology impeded our connections. I guess people might think that they need less of a filter online, and say things that they might not have in person, not realizing that their actions can still be really hurtful. Another way technology made it harder to learn is that on a digital setting, it’s a lot easier to get distracted. When you’re always doing your work on the same device that you watch YouTube and use Discord on, there’s a lot of distractions that can tear you away from your work. There’s a lot less distractions when you’re learning and doing work at school!

Is there anything that you hope remains a part of school that was new because of hybrid learning after the pandemic is over and school returns to normal?

I hope that after the pandemic is over, we might still get to do a bit of learning at home. I think it was nice to have the freedom to spend however much time we needed to on a project, instead of being in class for a long time. For some classes, like guitar, it was hard to practice guitar for a full 2 hours, especially when we were first starting out. The hybrid classes were helpful with that because we only spent as much time as necessary on it and weren’t dragging out the class!

Link to 2 Projects in school /TALONS that used digital technology, and explain how the use of that digital technology enhanced your project. Ideas include In-Depth, Eminent, Zip, individual class projects in Talons or other subjects…

Some of my favorite memories around technology this year were with Eminent and In-Depth night. It was fun to take a look at what everyone had learned, and leave comments on their blog! During In-Depth night, I also called my friend so we could look at people’s blogs together. Another project with tecnology was way back at the start of the year, when I was doing Animation class! We did all our work digitally, which I really love because you’re less limited in the supplies you use for your art (like, I don’t own a spray paint bottle or fancy pens but I use them all the time in digital art!) and you can also undo things really easily, which is extremely helpful. I posted some of my projects on my YouTube channel as well, which is great because it means I get to show my art to more people!

Here are the links to my Eminent blog post (Eliza Hamilton Learning Center) and my In-Depth blog post! (American Sign Language)