Leadership is what we do and service is how we do it
Written by Rose Mburu, Former President of Learning Labs docket of Lapid Leaders Council:
Everything that exists has a heart, a core, a seed that fuels the tree to produce fruit and at the heart of leadership lies service. As a heart never tires, then as long as you are leading you must remember that you are actually serving. Lapid Leaders Africa (LLA) has service as a core value alongside excellence and creativity and innovation.
The Lapid Leaders Council (LLC) is a leadership training that runs after the cohort. LLC is made up of the members of the graduated Cohorts, and works behind the scenes of the entire experience of the Incoming Cohort to ensure a better experience for each member of the Cohort and prepare them to be greater leaders. We seek to ensure everyone learns as much from the Lapid Leaders Experience, enjoys themselves but above all is able to use the Experience to change and work towards a more intentional, purpose driven life of service to those around them and to Africa as a whole.
LLC is comprised of the Overall President, Overall Vice President, President of Learning Labs and the Vice President, President of Conferences and Events and the President Connect and Recruit team, their deputies alongside those who serve in the various dockets. LLC seeks to grow and test the skills learnt in the experience practically.
I was part of the LLC after completing my 3 month experience in Cohort 3. I served as the President of the Learning Labs docket. My role entailed ensuring that everything in the classes went on well; from coming up with the mentors schedule, contacting the mentors, as well as ensuring that all dockets under learning labs are sorted (The dockets under Learning Labs are Logistics, Community service, Creating community and Coaching labs).
Nothing could have properly prepared me for the experience I would have.
After the training and planning the work began. Coincidentally, I had just landed a demanding job and so was much more constrained by time than prior to joining the council.
I now had to juggle work and my full time job as Lapid Leader. Learning Labs is a full time job, it the part of the experience that everyone who signs up for a cohort must interact with so it was key to make it as engaging, fun and relevant as possible. Some days were tougher than others and many of those days I found myself asking why I was doing it.
It was tough to not just lead as an individual but to also continuously motivate those within my team to be equally effective. It is difficult to serve, but even harder to lead a team of fellow servants who are volunteering.
However, at some point I found myself not struggling to wake up early on a Saturday morning to attend the classes despite having a busy week at work. I was fortunate to go through the classes again and this time picked a few more things that I hadn’t picked the first time. I began to enjoy seeing the change and resolve in all the students in the current class. The part I enjoyed most was the day I got to run with the class from beginning to end. I felt that it was the best training in preparation for cohort 40, I felt that everyone who came to help out had actually owned and carried the vision. It was amazing, a great learning experience.
When a leader looks in the mirror they should see service in their reflection; a burning desire from within to see change and be part of the change. Leadership is not about seeing the missing pieces, giving orders and expecting the picture intact; it is about working on putting the pieces together, getting your hands dirty and doing what needs to be done.
Through serving in the LLC, I have learnt that I can actually work under pressure, I have learnt to be patient and to be a problem solver. Through the experience, my grit, patience, integrity, accountability and team work increased tremendously. The experience also gave me an opportunity to meet new mentors and network as well as to source for new mentors. Vetting new mentors was exciting as I felt that I had I mind what Lapid was about and could see if someone had the right DNA for Lapid.
I have helped piece some pieces together in the vision of LLA. When I look in the mirror I see a changed person, I see a servant for the dreams of Africa; and when I look at the eyes of those who served alongside me, I see the same fire burning. I see growth in the people I met at the start of cohort 3.
When the story of LLA, the story of the great young leaders of Africa is told, LLC Chapter 3 shall fearlessly stand to be counted.
The source of this story shall be in service, because leadership is what we do, but service is how we do it. Do not miss the opportunity to be part of this great story. I shall be counted, will you?
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