2D1N Youth Leaders Development Camp (Batch 3)
Over the weekend from 7-8 July, Blossom World Society (BWS) conducted our 3rd Leadership Training Course. It aims to equip participants with the skills required to be able to lead others in serving the community.
After some ice breaker games, we had our first lesson on different personality types. To be a good leader, one requires an understanding of the different personalities in their team in order to motivate them to achieve their best. Through simple day-to-day scenarios, Mr. Martin Tang, the trainer, showed our leaders-in-training how the different personality types would react and how their capabilities can be maximized.
After understanding more about themselves, the participants prepared their ‘vision board’ under the guidance of Ms. Dawn Chen. The ‘vision board’ was a platform for the participants to establish their vision in life.
Without a clear vision, a lot of extrinsic motivation is required to propel us forward. On the other hand, operating with purpose and meaning inspires the person to give their all every single day. Along the way, even though they may experience fatigue, they can still call on their purpose to give them a vital forward push. This explains why the most effective leaders are the most inspired and the most inspirational as they continually seek out ways to keep themselves and the people around them moving forward towards a well-defined goal. When we are inspired, we aren't thinking about the final stage. In fact, we want that feeling to be long-lasting.
"During the camp, I have learnt about the different types of character traits an individual might have – DISC, and how to assign roles for people that have different characters. For example, for a person with a lot of ideas, he would suit a role that needs to brainstorm for ideas. There is no dominant character trait that is the best, as each character trait play an important role in an organizing committee. Within our team, we were then given a chance to apply what we have learnt, by discussing a project, that if within our resources, could implement. While the roles were not decided by a leader, we more or less knew what each party was doing. We were advised that roles within this committee could be rotated for different projects. This is essential in gaining experiences, as well as helping us know where our strength lies in.
The most enjoyable part of this camp was the “make your own vision board” that was led by Ms Dawn. In the background of soft acoustic music, we were asked to do a mini reflection about what we would like to be-do-have. Following that, we were asked to cut out words and pictures that speak to us, before we pin them on the board. I felt that I benefited a lot from this activity, as it helped me to set clear goals about what I would like to become, before what I can achieve. Prior to this, I had a busy lifestyle, working six days a week. This vision board gave me a chance to set clearer goals to work towards it.
But of course, like any camp out there, we played ice breaker games, and this enjoyable camp would not have been obtained without the lovely befrienders that were there. I would recommend this camp to my friends, and if you are reading this, I hope that you could join us in future."
- Sarah Tan
Understanding our personality traits and those of other people enables us to better work with people from diverse backgrounds so we can thrive in the face of different group dynamics. By making positive visualizations, we can rewire the brain to become more positive. When we formulate tangible reminders of our dreams, we will act in such a way that lives will change accordingly.
Congrats to our proud graduates of the 2D1N Youth Leaders Development Camp and are now the BW Youth Leaders Batch 3. Stay tuned for more details on their upcoming plan in enriching life with values.