On Saturday, May 20, the Disciple Leader Conference took place at the John Taylor Building. BYU-Idaho has held the conference every semester since 2014.

The event featured leadership activities, including workshops. Brent Bean, a professor in the communication department, spoke at the event.

The beginning of the workshop. Photo credit: Ksenia Ray.
The beginning of the workshop. Photo credit: Ksenia Ray.

Bean has taught at BYU-I for over 25 years. He teaches classes such as Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management. He loves the department he works in and he loves working with his colleagues.

Kassie Peterson, a junior studying general education, attended Bean’s seminar to learn about leadership and to improve her ability to communicate her vision.

“I hope I walk away a better person than before I walked in the conference,” Peterson said.

Ashley Roberson, a junior studying family consumer science education, shared what she learned and from the workshop.

“I learned the acronym for L.E.A.P. — that kind of is a step-by-step walkthrough on how to deal with confrontation,” Roberson said. “Something I can use in the future to keep peace and find resolutions. One of the takeaways is knowing that it is good to ask questions and it is not a sign of weakness, it’s actually a sign of strength.” 

In an April 2018 general conference talk entitled Meek and Lowly of Heart, Elder David A. Bednar taught, “Meekness is a defining attribute of the Redeemer and is distinguished by righteous responsiveness, willing submissiveness and strong self-restraint.”

Bean spoke to the audience about the meaning of powerless speech.

“Powerless speech is not weak speech,” Bean said. “For example, powerless speech is to ask a question, instead of making a statement. Powerless speech is, ‘That is a very interesting point, could you explain a little bit more?’ Instead we might consider thinking about this. Powerless speech means, ‘I am not taking the power.’”

Bean explained the meaning of the L.E.A.P acronym and how to apply it to one’s life.

Brother Brent Bean teaching L.E.A.P. Photo credit: Ksenia Ray.
Brother Brent Bean teaching L.E.A.P. Photo credit: Ksenia Ray.

“Listen, Empathize, Agree and Partner,” Bean said. We do this test to see if people are actually listening. The question I have for you is, ‘Are you really listening?’ If you really want to take something for value, then you’ve got to listen.”

Bean went on to speak about what ‘agree’ means in the acronym.

“Whenever you have a situation where someone comes in and they’re complaining about something, you do not agree that you are the problem,” Bean said. “Rather, you agree there is a problem. You acknowledge that. You are going to partner with that individual to solve the problem.”

Bean spoke on why the audience should invest in meekness.

“Really invest on understanding what the other person is going through,” Bean said. Meekness is our power. And we need to know how to use it effectively.”