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The Student Leadership Challenge, 3rd Edition by Barry Z. Posner, James M. Kouzes

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9Commitment #9: Recognize Contributions

Throughout her college career, Kadesha Zimmerman had been academically successful—earning a place on the dean's list and honor roll, as well as a leadership award her senior year—but it wasn't always as easy for her as it looked. As a young black woman looking to go into the field of finance, she didn't see many other students like her when she first arrived on campus. The support and mentoring of a senior faculty member, who was also African American, significantly contributed to her academic achievements. That experience inspired her to become what her school called a success coach for her peers on campus during her senior year.

Even though she received good grades, Kadesha had often struggled and ...

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