How I have continued to benefit from Lapid after the classes
Written by Derrick Mwiti, former President of the Connect and Recruit docket of Lapid Leaders Council:
It is not possible for me to describe 2016 without the word Lapid appearing somewhere, or almost everywhere. It has been said that success is a journey, so is Lapid.After completing the classes I got a chance to serve in the Lapid Leaders Council as the President of the Connect and Recruit Docket. My main duty was to champion all activities that would enable us to connect and recruit cohort 4. This role stretched me to the limit. However when I look back at 2016 I am glad I got the chance to serve in that capacity. I will share five reasons why.
Increased Level of self awareness:
In order to conquer the world the first person you need to conquer is yourself. Being in the Tribe and serving Cohort 4 has given me a chance to discover so many things about my personality. Serving others has given me the platform to know my strengths and work on my weaknesses. In addition, I had several feedback sessions with the Facilitators and Mentors of Lapid, and this enabled me to discover my leadership style and enhance this further.
What I know for sure is that I have just scratched the surface as far as self discovery is concerned. As the saying goes we are all works-in-progress, however through this experience, I can confidently say that I have a heightened sense of self-awareness.
A chance to give back:
In Lapid, we often say that leading is what we do but serving is how we do it. There are many people who came before me and served us very well while we were still going through our experience.
I have learned that by focusing on other people and serving them, we grow faster, and in the process we get what we want. As the saying goes, we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. If you would like others to serve you, then serve.
At the end of my term of service, I remember booking an appointment with Lead Facilitator for a feedback session. We reviewed the things that I had done well in the docket I was serving in as well as things that needed improvement. We also went through the skills that had come out strongly as a leader. We reviewed my weaknesses as well as my strengths.
It was a very sobering experience. Through this process, I better understood the things that I needed to continue exhibiting and the things that I needed to work on.
After completing the three and a half months learning program one joins what we call “The Tribe”. The tribe consists of all people who have gone through Lapid since cohort one.
We meet severally for events, recently we had the Lapid end of year dinner. It has given me a chance to meet and now know new people as well as learn from them. We also have a WhatsApp group for the Tribe(one of the very many Lapid groups I am in), where very crucial information is shared. We also discuss very important issues concerning the nation and sometimes we agree to disagree on some of these issues. The Lead facilitator also uses this platform to continue passing nuggets of wisdom which I have found very useful.
Even after completing the classes I continue to have access to mentors from Lapid who are very willing to support us in many ways. Having completed the classes I still have the chance to attend ongoing classes and benefit from the mentors.
I also had a chance to travel to two African countries every other year even after having completed my experience. Some of the mentors have also involved us in some of the projects they are working on. One such mentor is Eric Mibuari, the Technical Lead at IBM Research Lab; Eric gave us an opportunity to help in reviving a technology training center he had started a few years ago.
I am so glad I had the chance to join this community of leaders who continue to push and support me in my endeavors. A single decision to join this community can change your life completely, I urge you to join the next Cohort by registering here.
P.S: We are proud of the leader you have become Derrick Mwiti, a leader who is not only able to deliver excellent results, but a leader who is able to lead through people. Good job soldier!