How the leadership program has made me a better leader
Written by Anne Nasumba, graduate of Multi Media University.
I attended last year’s Lapid Leaders Career Bootcamp and it felt like a literal drop in the ocean for me. It felt like my thirst was quenched in part by a drop of what the Lapid experience was about and I purposed to join the next cohort so I could learn how to position myself right for career and be able to network with people boldly. Fast forward, 2017, I joined and learned that Lapid is much more than preparing for careers. It is actually in building oneself that preparing for career just magically, if I may say, blends in.
This first month at Lapid has helped me be self-aware, and from this I have been able to give meaning to my interactions with people, myself and God. I came to terms, with more conviction of the leader in me. That I am obliged to lead myself and this I strive to practice each day because it proves that we cannot give from an empty cup. I can only lead others when I am able to lead myself; I can only give what I have. It has been a struggle, but I am making progress which I smile about every time I reflect, especially through my shortcomings.
It is at Lapid that I have grown to looking at things in the broader sense. Beyond my county, beyond the country and into Africa and the World. I often refer to the fact that I prefer doing small drawings on manageable, small sized paper (A4 maximum). It would make me anxious any time I had to ‘blow up’ drawings in high school because I couldn’t see it at one glance on close range. But often I would be drawn to A2 papers and marvel at how much space there is to express oneself. It is a challenge, but once taken up, the outcome is beyond words. An idea implemented to bring development to society has a ripple effect to it. Started small, grows massive, impacts on many lives. The bigger picture.
I grew to appreciate further the wisdom that comes with interacting with the older generation and people with more experience so to say. How a shift in mindset alters outcomes for the better; correcting the wrongs that have grown to being normal in our world through changing one’s actions and spreading the same to those around us.
I have learnt that I am a brand, and as such should take time to strengthen myself with regard to my principles and what I value. Being authentic and consistent when I interact with people and being able to communicate effectively one on one and before a group of people.
Lessons learnt have been invaluable so far. At some point however, there was so much to digest and within a short time. I believe this is another point of being stretched beyond personal borders and assumed limits. The entrepreneurship classes, especially toward the business model canvas have grown intense and have thrown me a little off course. This point has been the toughest so far to handle but I look forward to handling the challenge before me. And not to mention the Lapid Leaders Mock Interviews that equipped me with the skills that enabled me to get a job soon after and not to mention many other things that I have learned from the experience. It has been great, but most importantly, I have been stretched and in the process grown!