A Leadership Development Programme was held on the 17th and 18th of July 2018.The main objective of this two day programme was to support our school leaders in actualizing their own potential as leaders.
Day One of this training saw our leadership team get divided into three groups. The groups were subsequently asked to name their group, give a tagline for the group name and were given an array of activities to help them to get to know each other better. These teams were built for the next two days of the workshop for coordinating various activities.
The workshop started with the team working on defining a leader, though in the true sense of the word, it is challenging to define one, given the myriad shared of leadership. Therefore the various attributes of a good leader were discussed with wonderful anecdotes from the participants being highlighted in the process. The discussions then spilled over to the development of leadership qualities such as leaders being task managers, having the skill for not only managing emotions and rather than being the leaders of people emotions. The need for developing a good EQ (Emotional Quotient), (MQ) Moral Quotient, besides the mere development of IQ was reflected upon.
The participants were made to understand that people skills should be based on two parameters – Character and Competence. The fun activities not only contributed towards building a strong team but also focused on the development of leadership attributes.
Day two the session was a one on one discussion with each participant sharing their experiences and reflecting on their learning from day 1. The spirit was high with participants freely opening up about both good and bad experiences and the trainer (Mr. Nirmal) giving them feedback on ways to deal and tackle with varying circumstances. Positive orientation towards people, communication, giving up on assumptions, dynamism in leadership were few of the discussions that happened across the table.
The day ended on a note of gratitude to the organizers and to each other for making the workshop an open one with everyone being able to benefit from the free expression of thoughts and ideas.