Welcome to the Emerging Leader
The Emerging Leader is back! This eNewsletter is your monthly opportunity to invest 30 minutes in your own personal development. Successful leaders have an inexhaustible interest to read and grow. This back-to-school edition is dedicated to helping you become a better student this year. So take a break from the books and create a new a habit of reading the Emerging Leader each month.

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What we've been reading
Does a good grade always mean the student has learned the material? And does a bad grade mean the student needs to study more? This article challenges the notion that a grade relates to true learning. Learn how to study smarter, not longer! (NY Times)

Most of us are constantly doing one thing and thinking about another. This continual distraction is what gives us the feeling of "busyness" and limits our productivity. If you want to feel less busy, don't change your tasks, but how you think about them. (Mindful.org)

Want to learn more this year? Listen more and talk less. It's easier said than done since humans are wired to talk about themselves. Here's some tips to help overcome the pressure to speak. (fastcompany.com)

Learn specialists categorize learning styles as visual, auditory, reading, kinesthetic. Students have identified their best learning style for years. Many exclaim, "I'm a visual learner". Recent studies prove you may be more versatile than you think. (theatlantic.com)
What we've been watching

"David Flood - Changing How You See People" (4:34)

Mr. Flood, a motivational speaker, tells the story of his son, Justin, and reminds us to go beyond a person's outward appearance in all our interactions.

"Should You Take Notes by Hand or By Keyboard" (1:39)

Rock star professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Daniel Pink, answers this intriguing question. If you like these video tips, subscribe to his newsletter and video series.
What we've been thinking
A few years ago, after North Carolina defeated Duke in football, the victorious and visiting players trashed the visitors locker room including spray painting "UNC" across the Duke practice facility. Years ago, the U.S. Olympic hockey team, after a frustrating loss to the Czech Republic, tore into their Olympic Village residence - twenty players vandalized 3 apartments. These stories are disappointing but not unusual. But one story this summer did catch my attention.

In June, the Japanese World Cup Soccer team was beating Belgium 2-0 after 52 minutes of play. Stunningly, they eventually lost 3-2 - an emotional and heartbreaking defeat. Dejected, the Japanese team recoiled to the locker room. It would be totally expected if they packed up their stuff and hurriedly left the scene of the loss. Instead, the team did something else - something extraordinary. They showed the world grace and dignity in defeat by cleaning their locker room and leaving a sign, in Russian, that simple said "Thank You." Furthermore, their fans stuck around in the stadium and cleared the garbage from their stadium seating area using large bags they had brought with them.

The story of the Japanese soccer team made worldwide headlines because it was considered extraordinary. To me, that is the story here. Doing the right thing gets more attention today because examples of simple grace are rare. As leaders, we are called to always model the way . Let the Japanese team inspire us to respect the property and dignity of all around us. Cleaning up after ourselves at school and at home is a simple way to start.

- Mr Charles Kafoglis
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