JCA alum teaches students about leadership
October 14, 2013 8:06PM
Updated: November 16, 2013 6:13AM
About a hundred Joliet Catholic Academy students got some tips from a distinguished alum on how to be a good leader.
Joe Carey, a 1964 Joliet Catholic graduate, wanted to return to his alma mater to speak to the JCA Student Ambassadors club about what it takes to succeed in a leadership role. Carey’s message was about the importance of being a good role model and representative of the school.
Joliet Catholic has about 250 student ambassadors and nearly half of them went to the presentation, about 125 students.
Carey, a Joliet native who now lives in Indianapolis, outlined four strategies for being a good leader.
The first strategy is to set goals and dreams with deadlines, primarily a short-term goal that can be reached quickly.
Second, Carey said is that commitment is more than just a state of mind. Students should remember that commitment is a journey and not just an end product. The third strategy is to ask people for feedback because it will help keep the focus on the goal. And the final strategy is to build and maintain relationships.
Carey earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College in Indiana and an MBA from Xavier University. Carey’s resume includes stints at Big Lots!, Dynamic Management Systems, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Target and Price Waterhouse.
Even though Carey retired in 2006, he remains active in the Indianapolis community where he volunteers at a homeless shelter preschool and the Indianapolis Visitors Call Center.
Carey wanted to leave students with a final bit of advice.
“Beware of overanalyzing,” Carey said. “Take responsibilities for your own actions. It is a gift to be a Joliet Catholic ambassador. Enjoy the journey, that’s the best part.”