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A leader does not always receive credit

Submitted by Ryan P.C. McQuen on November 12, 2010 – 6:47 pmNo Comment

Tyson Wooters spoke on “getting involved in community” Tuesday, Nov. 2, in the Donaghey Student Center.

Wooters’ keynote, “Always Wear Your Head,” focuses onhis experience as the Oregon Duck, the head mascot for University of Oregon, according to his website The media-driven keynote uses “humor and insight” to show students “the life-altering power of being a part of something much larger than yourself,” Wooters’ website says..

Wooters' keynote on Tuesday, Nov. 2, was called "Always Wear Your Head." It encouraged "working to achieve shared goals." Photo courtesy of

Wooters gave many examples about his life as a leader, but one of the most engaging was about his time as a high school band leader. He was able to witness first-hand how disciplines he had imposed on his students, carried on even when he was not there. His students would walk in two lines, with rhythmically even steps; and they cared about their appearance, so much that a junior in the band stopped a freshman from walking out of the bathroom with his uniform disheveled. When Wooters saw this work being done without his input, he realized the power of leadership and discipline.

According to the February 2009 version of University of Oregon’s “Ledger Lines” newsletter Wooters was Head Duck for two years. The real point of the speech was about functioning as a “part of the whole.” Wooters said. “Do your choices benefit you, the group, or both?” The most important work you can do is work that does not involve you receiving credit, and will benefit generations you will never see, Wooters said.

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