An Unexpected Opportunity!
The All Schools Leadership Program aims to teach students about the values of being a leader and the essential skills needed to lead a group. The participants are chosen by their schools and, unexpectedly, I was chosen. I never really considered myself as a leader and had little confidence in my abilities, thus leading me to be very indecisive and self-conscious about what I do when I’m chosen to lead. Through the program I was able to develop my leadership skills and confidence. In addition, I was lucky enough to meet a group of amazing people to share my journey with.
At first I was extremely nervous, and didn’t know whether or not I was going to get along well with the other participants. I felt as if I was the youngest out of everyone and my quiet and shy nature didn’t help. But the activities we did helped me overcome my nerves. It’s hard for me to name an activity that didn’t involve interacting with the others and it allowed me to get to know and make friends with the other participants. Definitely one of the highlights of the program.
The most important skill I learnt was how to look confident. Public speaking and talking in front of a crowd was one of my fears, and I would always hide behind my script and PowerPoint whenever I was asked to do an oral presentation. But I was able to overcome that. Being able to look confident in front of a crowd not only makes your presentation more engaging, but it also makes you feel more confident. And it feels great. I was able to come out of the program as a more confident person and leave my shell.
Being confident not only allowed me to make better speeches, it also allowed me to more decisive and have more faith in my abilities. As the captain of one of the teams on my school’s robotics club, I didn’t like putting forward my ideas as I felt like I was forcing my teammates to follow them. Through the program, I learnt that it’s actually alright to put forward my opinion and not be a dictator, and I’m really glad I did as now I am able to lead my team without always doubting my choices.
Overall, it was an amazing experience and I’m glad I didn’t pass it up. Although there was a lot of school work to catch up on, it was worth not missing out on this program. I was able to make new friends, be more confident and most importantly, become a better leader. If anyone is offered the chance to do this, I highly recommend you don’t turn it down as you will be surprised.
by Sean Lee