De­vel­op­ing qual­i­ties of a leader

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SUNWAY In­ter­na­tional School (SIS) is com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing lead­ers through the Sunway Asia Lead­er­ship Youth Camp. Youth can some­times find them­selves in sit­u­a­tions where their de­ci­sion-mak­ing, at­ti­tudes and habits sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact what they do today and what they aim to do to­mor­row. It is im­por­tant to in­stil self-aware­ness of their iden­tity, at­tributes, char­ac­ter, prin­ci­ples and val­ues for them to de­velop fu­ture lead­er­ship qual­i­ties.

Jointly or­gan­ised with the Cen­ter for Asia Lead­er­ship, SIS will be host­ing the third Sunway Asia Lead­er­ship Youth Camp from July 10 to14 at its Ban­dar Sunway cam­pus.

The camp is a five-day res­i­den­tial lead­er­ship pro­gramme and fo­cuses on “Build­ing 21st Cen­tury Core Qual­i­ties”. De­signed for youth aged 15 to19 years, par­tic­i­pants will get to ex­plore their pur­poses, ex­pand their po­ten­tial and de­fine their suc­cesses in this rapidly chang­ing world.

The camp will be led and fa­cil­i­tated by teach­ing fel­lows from Har­vard Univer­sity and other glob­ally renowned uni­ver­si­ties.

Par­tic­i­pants will be in­volved in work­shops on change lead­er­ship, in­no­va­tion, en­trepreneur­ship and so­cial-profit ini­tia­tives as well as ses­sions cov­er­ing ca­reer men­tor­ship, in­spi­ra­tional lead­er­ship and dis­cus­sions on best prac­tices. Par­tic­i­pants will also ex­pe­ri­ence var­i­ous sce­nar­ios, lively panel dis­cus­sions and a fo­rum to de­lib­er­ate and de­bate cur­rent is­sues.

Cen­ter for Asia Lead­er­ship pres­i­dent Sa­muel Kim said: “Some work­shops are de­signed to in­crease our youth’s ca­pac­ity to lead through pres­sures and com­mu­ni­cate ef­fec­tively in di­verse set­tings. Fel­lows use a mix­ture of ‘case method of in­struc­tion’, ‘case-in-point teach­ing’ and struc­tured ex­er­cises to de­liver their con­cepts. Other work­shops build our youth’s ca­pac­ity to ap­proach prob­lems and solve them with in­no­va­tive think­ing, us­ing sets of frame­works and tools that in­cor­po­rate de­sign think­ing, rapid-pro­to­typ­ing, value-cre­ation and trust build­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tive en­vi­ron­ments.”

Kim said that “ca­reer men­tor­ship has proven to be very ef­fec­tive for youth in our pre­vi­ous camps as the teach­ing fel­lows play the role of ca­reer coun­sel­lors and help par­tic­i­pants gain in­sights into their pos­si­ble ca­reer paths”.

Based on out­comes of pre­vi­ous camps, the emerg­ing young lead­ers demon­strated zeal and drive for in­quiry, dis­cov­ery, and mas­tery of new knowl­edge and skill-sets.

Kim’s goal is for youth to recog­nise their pur­pose, po­ten­tial and ta­lent and to be ready to as­sume the man­tle as fu­ture lead­ers. The par­tic­i­pants will be ex­posed to world-lead­ing best prac­tices and in­struc­tive tools in hope they will be­come more ca­pa­ble and eth­i­cal in­di­vid­u­als who will con­tinue to lead, in­no­vate and in­spire oth­ers.

SIS has worked with the Cen­ter for Asia Lead­er­ship to run the Sunway Asia Lead­er­ship Youth Camp since its in­cep­tion in Malaysia in 2015.

SIS ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Mien Cheng said: “I have seen stu­dents trans­form and be­come more con­fi­dent and coura­geous in seiz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, as well as over­com­ing chal­lenges af­ter they at­tended the Asia Lead­er­ship Youth Camp. SIS be­lieves in the ben­e­fits of de­vel­op­ing pos­i­tive lead­er­ship at­tributes as the Cana­dian school cur­ricu­lum of­fered at our School com­prises Char­ac­ter Ed­u­ca­tion and Com­mu­nity Ser­vice pro­grammes as well.”

SIS’s pur­pose-built, con­ducive and fully Wifi-en­abled cam­pus in Ban­dar Sunway has been the ideal “home-away-from-home” venue for par­tic­i­pants of the camp.

SIS is an in­sti­tu­tion fully-owned and gov­erned by the Jef­frey Cheah Foun­da­tion. To­gether with the Cen­ter for Asia Lead­er­ship, it is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing youth with the head start nec­es­sary for them to im­pact the world in pos­i­tive ways.

Par­tic­i­pants will ex­pe­ri­ence var­i­ous sce­nar­ios, lively panel dis­cus­sions and a fo­rum to de­lib­er­ate and de­bate cur­rent is­sues at the Sunway Asia Lead­er­ship

Youth Camp.

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