Student account of the Leadership Weekend

wp_20161001_021On a previous blog, we discussed our Student Leadership Workshop and how we aim to equip our students with various skills for their brighter future. A few days after the Leadership workshop concluded, we spoke to one of the students who attended to get her perspective on the discussion and gain an insight on her learnings.

This is an edited version of an 11th grade student, Alexandra’s, experience and thoughts:  Over this past weekend, I attended the Student Leadership Workshop. This workshop was all about improving your leadership skills and learning how to successfully lead a group. This workshop was tremendously helpful for me as I have learned many new things about what it means to be a leader. To start off with, I never knew that there was much of a difference between a leader and a boss. Thanks to the workshop, I got a greater understanding of the difference with the help of a list of differences that was included in the packet we received. In a nutshell, I now know that a leader works with their team and helps everyone within the group, as opposed to a manager who orders their team around.

The program for the workshop involved many different activities such as a morning warm up, pitching, presentation about group norms, leadership profiles, leadership styles, communication tools and skills, planning tools, service projects, and at the end of the day there was a closing sharing. Then there were presentations by different teachers and students, which introduced different aspects of leadership. There were activities after presentations of each topic to help us understand better.

One that stood out personally to me was the pitching simulation activity. We were broken up in different groups and then we had a limited amount of time to create a school club, which we would then pitch to the group who would rate the idea on certain metrics. They had to rate 4 different aspects of your short presentation; whether your idea had an attractive vision, challenging but achievable goals, integrity and spiritual appeal, and lastly whether it had an element of fun. This activity was a bit scary for me since I was unsure if my idea would be accepted, however my scores ended up bringing up my confidence as it seems that I did a good job! Now I know that if I do have to pitch an idea to others, I will have enough confidence to do so since I will have this guideline to follow.

I love that this was a hands on workshop. There were so many more highlights to the workshop, but for the sake of keeping this short all I would say is that overall the workshop helped me improve on particular skills while helping me gain more confidence as a leader, building my planning and organizational skills, and molding my collaborative and communication skills. This workshop was a huge step forward for me in terms of self- improvement and growth and I hope to do another workshop like this again.