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February 10, 2014

Beyond Leadership Excellence

Today was quite interesting for me, especially with the fact that I had to work with completely new faces in sense and new characters except for Connie who was also moved from our group to group 1 on the new module; Leadership Excellence. Initially I thought of requesting a change, not because I am going to be engaged during the module week but because I just didnt like it in group 1 and my fiends and group mate didnt help it. They kept mentioning how they would miss me and how they were hoping I would be part of their sub group and all these made even want to change back the more. But speaking with Paul and another friend (Sandra) in the class, they both said the same thing "Its gonna be a whole new experience and I mean that's really what learning is about" Sandra added, Leave your comfort zone and see how you would respond out of it. And hmmm,really I must confess I initally thought about all those but I was not just ready to succumb to my thoughts.

So I did finally remain in group 1 subgroup A4, I remember my subgroup leader Miriam telling me, 'Anne don't worry you'll be fine' Okay then I smiled. Now here's the start of my journey....and I will define it as Beyond Leadership Excellence.

I want to say beyond what Paul is going to open our eye to sees during this 100hours on the module, I have embraced the switch from group 2 to group 1 for me as an added platform to learn.

So down to today excercise on Lifeboat. Hmm Paul gave us cards with 6 people's skills, experiences, qualifications, potentials and characters and then asked us to choose two people out of the 6 we would want on the boat to be the leader and the deputy if our boat were to experience some differenties onshore. We were done quite fast as a group and we came up with Roger and Anna respectively. Because we believed Roger had the leadership capabilities coupled with his qualifications and technical skills of navigation, his calmness, ability to listen and ability to be alert in the emergency situations were defintely added advantages. Anna on the other hand who was supportive and wasnt ready to take a direct leadership position but had a couple of leadership skills we believed was okay to be the deputy. Her sailing skills and Medical qualification was offcourse a plus in such a situation.

Well so after all these I thought Paul would give the class the right combination of leaders but he didnt but he did explain that we had different combination accross the room because we all saw leadership differently. which was true.

This explains why some countries do well because of their leaders and some don't because people have different definitions of leadership. Also explains why some industries florish and some don't, partially explains why some marriages hit the rock after a few years and some don't etc.

These among other reasons explains why this course and today's excercise is important to me.

One thing I look forward to achieving personally on this module is being able to identify what LEADER resides in me.

Direct or indirect Leader? ....hmm, Let me guess...Indirect! Well that's just a guess cos I believe being calm and still able to steer a team is a powerful attribute. You don't need to be forceful and well even though you should be heard but you should be able to build trust in team mate s which make them follow willfully/willingly. Well like I said its only a guess. I will dig further into this.


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