Wednesday, October 16, 2013

YMCA Learn and Lead workshop

Hanna Caplan, a Newcomer Youth Advisor from YMCA Greater Toronto, came to conduct a Learn and Lead workshop, where we learnt more about leadership.

First, we talked about what kind of skills and behaviors leaders have. I suggested things like responsibility, respect, and communication.

And then, everyone was given a handout with the photo of a leader. There were five different leaders in total, and each handout had information on the respective leaders. The one I got was Martin Luther King, who was one of the greatest speakers of activism. He was an inspirational leader in the African–American Civil Rights Movement. Other leaders included Malala Yousafzai, a brave Pakistani school pupil and education activist; Cassie Campbell, a captain and motivator of the Canadian Ice Hockey Team; Steve Jobs, an entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor with self-confidence; and Terry Fox, an athlete and cancer-research activist with great determination, who ran across Canada to raise money despite having had one leg amputated after being diagnosed with cancer. Each of these leader displayed valuable traits as a leader in different ways.

Through this session, I not only learnt more values, assets and skills of a leader, but I also got to know more people in different roles of leadership. This definitely inspired me to work on improving my own leadership skills! 

Written by: Jessica Wang
Edited by: Lynda Young
Posted by: Jessica Wang

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