Leadership

22 Jun

This blog entry can give you some insight in my work…

What is leadership? Who is a leader? And what is Manuela doing to develop leaders in Kenya?
There are probably more quotes and websites about leadership than sand at Diani Beach…

“Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen”

or

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to be” 

In AIESEC we focus on developing leadership in students. We do not think you become a leader by holding a title. It is about offering a position plus an environment to learn and grow!

In AIESEC Kenya we have 24 young people on national one-year leadership positions for the upcoming year. Another 80 students are running the 9 Local Commitees around the country. Then we have countless Conference, Event and Project Organising Teams, where members can get short term team management experiences.

Part of my job is to provide that specific environment that comes on top of what other student organisations offer. So right now I am planning a leadership development seminar for 130 students in July. For all members holding a Leadership Role I am planning quarterly reflection and learning events. We are constantly trying to connect our members to people in the outside world as Mentors. With my Trainers Team I am looking at ways to include into learning on Kenyan/world issues into the weekly meetings of the members. These are some of my tasks.

Now how do we measure the outcomes of those tasks? This is where you can come in now with your opinion… How do we measure leadership in people?

One Response to “Leadership”

  1. Matthias June 30, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    Yo Manu,
    why not have a 360° evaluation before the conference and then another one with the same participants 2 months after?

    anyhow, if you want to measure something, you need measurable criteria.
    guess you agree, leadership is not a pure science, some even claim it is much more an art. And who would be able to objectively measure the value of a DaVinci versus Chagall?
    attempting to have accurate numbers of leadership is not gonna work out i guess, will always be subjective – so the only thing you can do is to get as many people as possible to evaluate and then get an average.

    cheerioh

    Matthias

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