While taking a break from reading and checking out some blog posts, I stumbled across an article, “The Old People’s Guide to DJ Khaled“, that was listed on medium.com. I read it because I had never heard of DJ Khaled before, until I noticed that a previous classmate of mine, my daughter’s age, had posted some of his sayings on her Facebook page. I chuckled, read it, and then clicked on another link, SwiftKickHQ.com, and took a quiz to determine what meme represented my leadership style. After serving 20+ years in the military and serving in a leadership position, I wanted to know what my meme would represent. I was also curious because I am currently a grad student in student affairs, and leadership is an important part of the program.
The responses were multiple choice of things that I was clueless about and centered around language that only DJ Khaled followers would know, for example, Major Key and Another One. Mind you, I’m from the era of rappers that my students’ parents listened to, such as Queen Latifah, L.L. Cool J and Public Enemy, just to name a few. While taking the quiz, I could not help but think that this is indicative of what my interactions will be like with the students that I will meet when I complete this program. They will see me either as a parental figure trying to understand, or a cool aunt.
I finished the quiz, entered my results, and discovered that my leadership style is: “DJ Khaled’s Another One.” The description of this style is, “You know how to push everyone on your team to accomplish goals they never knew they could take on. You know the importance of breaking big projects into small, actionable tasks.” I read the description again and thought that it was fitting and comparable to my previous career and my new one in student affairs, after graduation.
After taking this exam, I can use two phrases from DJ Khaled’s vocabulary that I hope will be useful to the students that I will encounter: s I hope that they won’t view me as a parental figure or a cool aunt, but view me instead as the student affairs person that is there to help them accomplish goals they never knew they could take on.
> BONUS <
Podcast With Reuben Pressman on Check I’m Here, Ed Tech, and Student Engagement