More than halfway through Ko Awatea’s Emerging Leaders programme, four participants share what they’ve gained so far.
Nurse educator Roni Hamilton says one thing to resonate from the programme is that the biggest role of a leader is to grow other leaders.
Roni says she didn’t really understand leadership when she first started the course and thought it was something you were born with.
She now realises leaders and leadership can be developed, noting that learning about herself has helped her understand the way she approaches work situations.
Roni now has a greater awareness of her influence in her role at work and an understanding of how to best use her skills.
She says the biggest challenge has been balancing the heavy workload of the course with her job and she advises others to: “be prepared to put the hours in and to learn about yourself.”
Suzanne Joseph, a fanau ola senior advocate, believes the skills she learned during the Emerging Leaders programme will help her when she goes out to serve Pacific communities.
Suzanne feels before she embarked on the course there was a gap in her skill set that has since been filled.
“I can see today that I have applied, that I have implemented what I have actually learned from the Emerging Leaders training,” the mother and qualified social worker says, adding her greatest learning has been how to negotiate with others.
Suzanne is encouraging to anyone considering the programme.
“Hop on board and do it,” she says.
Meanwhile, project manager Adeline Cumings says the programme has shown her that a leader needs to understand his or her strengths and weaknesses.
“A lot of the personality traits we’ve learnt have been useful in terms of identifying people’s needs, how they like to communicate and receive information,” Adeline says.
Adeline says skills taught around building effective teams have been particularly useful in her current role as a project manager. On the whole, she says, the course has been helpful in building relationships across the organisation.
“You get out as much as you put in,” she says.
Business analyst Daniel Wong says the programme has helped him to recognise there is a lot more to leadership.
Awareness and reflection are key, he says.
He says the resources provided on the course have been invaluable.