The Second day was anticipated to be most exciting of them all. It commenced with a speech craft developing communication and Public Speaking Skills and this was done DR. Dawn Stewart, who commence her presentation by nothing “mentorship is a very critical aspect towards communication” she further posits that the quality of your life is the quality of your communication both with yourself and others .
She further developed her speech by quoting Aristotle the father of sociology who developed the speaking model:
Ethos: ethical which means creditability and trust
Logos: logical which means consistency
Pathos: empathy which means emotions, imagination
She closed her presentation and I thought that this was the “wow” for me in making me a good mentored is “in order to be good leaders we have to be not just listeners but effective listeners”
With such an energetic opening the next presents also did justice and indeed made an impact on my life the “Leaders Round Table” this aspect of the programme was unique we had a panel of competent leaders in society namely Mr. Eric Phillips, Ms. Vanda Radzik and Joel Simpson.
This allowed the panel of leaders to share with youth advocates what it truly meant to be a leader / leadership using practical experiences, and to allow the advocates to ask creative questions to solutions of problems that will be a useful as they continue on their journey to be leaders within communities.
After each speakers presentation I thought that their charge and life experiences can be placed into three laws expresses by one the most influential speakers John C. Maxwell in his book 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.
Law of magnetism – Joel noted that leadership I staking responsibility for problems that affect the community and mobilize people to find the solutions and having a great team will aid this process. Closing with a powerful statement “prepare yourself to lead with a hope that the possibility exist for change” this will become my mantra for me as a leader.
Law of Navigation – Vanda Radzik leadership from within in cross cutting and most important is knowing yourself, our attitude and moral sense after quoting Gandhi. She also spoke about being a servant leader with respect to serving the vision and the group and caution us that to do this we must be able to follow.
Leaving us with a charge she stated” stop action and reflect, b bold to enact change. We must have fired passion to lead.
The law of process – Mr. Philip began his presentation by saying leadership is about serving others. It’s about attitude a way of life. You do not become a leader overnight since successful leaders are follower and learners.
After the round table the next presentation was delivered by one of our leading and preeminent writers Mr. Ruel Johnson. Who opened with the story of “Themistocles” and stated that key characteristics in leadership development are the four C’s Conviction, comprehension, competence and conflict. And that we must Mirandize ourselves to be good leaders.
The second day session closed with two energetic item delivered by Dmitri Nicholson “Proposal Writing” in which each team had to prepare a proposal to a funding agency. And Clinton Urlington Community organizing and community Services. Both presentation was delivered and received by participants.
On June 6, 2012 Blue C.A.P.S held its inaugural youth leadership development programme that aims at instilling the qualities and virtues of leadership and community service. This initiative targeted 24 youth leaders from several youth base Organizations that seeks to improve our capacity to lead and become more efficient in achieving goals as a team couple with developing self-confidence and equipping leaders with a sense empowerment.
After listening to the speech deliver by the Key note Speaker Retired Major General Joe Singh stated that critical thinking and education are important to developing young people to effect transformational change followed by Floyd Haynes from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government who is the founder and Managing Director of Haynes, Inc., a 20-year old accounting and management consulting company based in Washington DC. Guyanese-born Haynes is also a former student of Professor Ronald Heifetz, the author of “Leadership without Easy Answers.” Together they made me realize that there is still so much work to be done as a youth advocate and I must say how honored it was for me to listen to the opening presentations since it not only give me a sense of responsibility how I can make a difference within my communities. The greatest gift is the gift of selflessness and this is what leaders in today society need to think and carry as their mantra. I believe that by coming to this opening ameliorated my thoughts as how to make a good better in serving the community and becoming the leader I ought to be further I am optimistic that at the end of this programme my better will become best.
A weekend of innovation and interaction; learning and leading; that’s how it was at Blue C.A.P.S. Youth Leadership Development Programme. It comprised of speakers and facilitators such as Major General (Retd) Joseph Singh, MSS, Floyd Haynes (Adaptive Leadership), Dr. Dawn Stewart (Communication Skills: Public Speaking), Ruel Johnson (Communication Skills: Writing) and a most intriguing and knowledgeable panel discussion with Ms Vanda Radzik, Mr Eric Phillips and Mr. Joel Simpson.
We often believe that leaders include politicians, presidents, world leaders and leaders of our very own community groups but what we don’t realize is that even we can be leaders. This is what we learned during our first session. No doubt, a leader is one in position of authority in a social structure or a personal set of characteristics, however, leadership is the activity of a citizen from any part of life mobilizing people to solve problems and that is what a common man can possess. It was greatly said, some persons have authority but are not leaders and some are leaders with no authority.
In learning that we can all lead without authority, it opened the gateway to learning techniques for getting things done within your organization (compiled by Mr. Clinton Urling based on his reign as president of the Chambers of Commerce which resulted in a greater profit margin). It outlined techniques such as:
*ideas and actions are bigger than organizations
*stay focused on the work and goals of the organization
*think big but implement gradually
*every battle is won or lost before it is fought
*pay attention to details
*try not to serve alone
*maintain openness, integrity and honesty; and much more
These tips eventually became very resourceful when we were each placed in our respective groups.
Although these were intriguing, our fun and interaction did not end there; we had a fascinating session with Mr. Dimitri Nicholson. It comprised of interesting arguments, discussions and questions which brought out the cooperation in everyone.
With no doubt it is safe to say that our first weekend was exciting, informative, enthralling and just have you craving for more.
This quick Tedx Talk Video was shown at the BlueCAPS meeting. In this video, a Harvard Alum, delivered a powerful speech on Social Justice Leadership.
Leadership is one of the most widely talked about subjects and at the same time one of the most elusive and puzzling. Guyanese often yearn for great, transcending leadership for their communities, universities, sports teams, and for the nation. However, we have an almost love-hate ambivalence about power wielders. And we especially dislike anyone who tries to boss us around. Yes, we admire the Washingtons and Churchills, but Hitler and Al Capone were leaders too and that points up a fundamental problem. Leadership can be exercised in the service of noble, liberating, enriching ends, but it can also serve to manipulate, mislead and repress.