As Leonard Leadership Scholars, Scott and Lindsay developed a powerful tool: self-awareness. Founded by Earl T. Leonard, Jr., former senior vice president for corporate affairs of The Coca-Cola Company, this two-year leadership development program helps students determine their goals and create realistic plans for achieving them.
“We thought through higher-level outcomes – those lofty goals you want for you life,” said Lindsay. “We also walked through what the obstacles might be and how we can overcome them.”
“It put us on different trajectory at a very early age,” said Scott.
Through personal assessment, hands-on mentorship and community service, Scott and Lindsay learned how to match their actions to their values. One of the most memorable exercises was writing their eulogies.
“It is really impactful to write your own eulogy,” said Lindsay. “It forces you to think about what you would want people to say about your life.”
The decision-making tools that the Voigts developed have come in handy many times — as Scott took a risk by starting his own business and Lindsay chose to focus on caring for their young son. This big-picture thinking guides how the Voigt invest two valuable resources: their time and money.