Monday, November 17, 2014

On Leadership

KAIROUAN, Tunisia- Association Tunisienne des Femmes Démocrates (ATFD) hosted a one day and a half training course about leadership. It took place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th at Kasba Hotel. 

On the first day of the session, we discussed the concept of leadership. Then, we were divided into groups to do an exercise that aims to define a "leader" (characteristics, qualities, etc). The following exercise aimed to determine the advantages and disadvantages of "team work". 

When we say "leader", people like Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Coco Chanel, Che Guevara,     Steve Jobs, Chokri Belaid.. come to mind. These are said to be natural born leaders. 

Still, there are certain qualities that one can work on in order to develop oneself and become the leader s/he always wished to become. 

A leader is someone who is brave enough to take the first step, takes the initiative, believes in oneself, creates the change, who detects the problems, finds creative solutions and acts upon them. 

Being a leader is about thinking outside the box. It's about dreaming and making those dreams come true. It's about putting the common interest upon everything else. It's about being capable of becoming a better version of yourself and changing the lives and thoughts of those around you. 

On the second day of the training session, we've done excessive exercises of how to properly criticize other people's works without getting them all defensive, and how to meet officials without ending up having a quarrel with them. We've also learned about the difference between a "boss" and a "leader". 

A boss is someone who depends on authority, inspires fear, says "I", takes credit, commands and says "go!". 

A leader is someone who depends on goodwill, generates enthusiasm, says "we", gives credit, asks and says "let's go". 

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