This past week, Aliy was invited by the L.I.V.E. program to talk with students on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The mission of the program is to “cultivate effective leaders for Alaska by creating and supporting a rich variety of student leadership development opportunities, partnering with academic departments and the community”.
One of these leadership development opportunities is a bi-monthly luncheon where students can meet with local community leaders and learn what makes them successful. Aliy presented a talk on three key characteristics that she believes makes a successful leader (human and dog):
1) Set a goal
2) Pursuing that goal with passion
3) Respect and Support your team members to achieve their individual potential
Aliy speaks to the Leadership Luncheon group at UAF.
The group listened intently as Aliy gave real life mushing examples of these three characteristics in action. She shared how she has used these characteristics in training and leading her dog team, and how they have impacted her races, particularly in the difficult conditions of the 2014 Iditarod race. At the end of the talk, the participants asked a variety of questions and provided feedback on the session. Many stated they enjoyed the unique perspective Aliy provided. Of course, everyone left the luncheon knowing a little bit more about the special dogs of SP Kennel.