Why taking part in the Lapid Leaders Experience is the best decision for 2018
Written by Virginia Mugo
It’s a miracle how you can bump into such an amazing program without proper planning or researching and it turns out to be just what you needed without your knowledge. Lapid leaders Africa is a program that I almost regret why I didn’t know of its existence when I was in campus. It could have saved me a lot of pain and time wastage trying to do things I believed in but didn’t have the proper structure nor know-how. And let know one cheat you, Google is not enough. It molded me and aligned me with my purpose in life and would be forever grateful to God for leading me in that direction at that particular moment.
Below are some of the lessons I acquired at Lapid Leaders Africa and purpose to live by them as my life guiding principles.
Leadership is not for children
It might look or sound like a simple statement but got a lot of weight and deeper meaning. Leadership is not a title or a position of power but the character that someone is made up off. Most of the times, children cry and make scenes out of nothing. Looking for attention, recognition and appreciation for something very obvious accomplished or something that they made a little effort to achieve.
A kid will expect you to crap for him/her for taking its food yet its the one that needs it.
We should avoid childish behavior and do what needs to be done. Not because we shall be rewarded probably by a salary increase, or we shall be recognized in the boardroom meeting or in our departments. But because we are leaders and we should do what is right because it is right.
I feel like this should be a compulsory unit in campuses like communication skills or HIV/AIDs because our leadership is wanting in this country. Where people are nominated based on their background rather than merit and when they perform what they were employed to do, they expect the world to stop and bow to them.
Pursue excellence in everything you do
Anything that God entrusts in your hand, do it to your level best. Whether small or big, pursue excellence and God will reward you in His due time. You might give it your all but no one notices, and its okay because time rewards too. This understanding has helped me in my community service as a voluntary teacher at Nairobi remand children’s home under Kusoma Tu Foundation..
Lapid Leaders Africa program seeks to instill servant leadership in young people and thus everyone is supposed to volunteer to at least 24 hour to community service, and this a requirement for someone to graduate. I am happy to state that we did more than expected of us, we doubled if not tripled the hours and most of us committed to the engagement as a lifetime thing. We shall continue to give back to the community. Because we all understand that service to humanity is service to God and it’s a responsibility as opposed as commonly seen as a favor.
Always ask why. Don’t follow people opinions/views/half-truths blindly. Always try to ask why five times consecutively to get to the bottom cause or issue. Always try to understand why.
Why is someone behaving the way they do and it will help you not to be judgy and thus improve your human relationships with others which is very vital, no man is an island. This has helped me in making my everyday life decisions. Like why should I go to a certain event, what will I gain and what do I stand to lose, is it for a long time goal or short term, can I do without it and if yes what can I do at that particular moment to build my life.
This has really helped me to have more time for my family and working towards my dream. It has also improved my relationships with people by trying to understand where they are coming from.
Networking and communication skill
Your networks as your net worth. You get to interact with successful people in this region and grow your networks. You get a chance to meet media personality like like Dennis Okari, Julie Gichuru, Johnson Mwakazi, Boniface Mwangi, Mark Kaigwa etc. Renowed entreprenuers like Bitange Ndemo, Esther Muchemi and very many others. Interact with them at a personal level as you have your meals together.
They have a session to teach and mentor you on what they did and how they made it to be successful. You also get a chance to have an individual session with an experienced life coach and life councilors. All this is a bonus after practical networking and communication skills class. From this experience, I have increased my friendship base since I have really improved my communication skills and also as a result of networking widely.
Lapid is one of the best things that happened to me in 2017, I am so grateful to Jacky, my friend for referring me. It’s one of the best decision I ever made. Sign up this year, 2018 and join #cohort7.