Lead­er­ship camp gave con­fi­dence a boost

Matamata Chronicle - - News/sport - By FELIC­ITY DEAN

Last April I was given the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend the Ro­tary Youth Lead­er­ship Awards, a young lead­ers’ camp run by Ro­tary. Mata­mata Ro­tary Club spon­sored me to go to this week-long course at Ep­worth Camp.

There were about 40 at­ten­dees aged be­tween 18 and 25 from many walks of life all com­ing to­gether to learn more about lead­er­ship of our­selves and oth­ers.

Through­out the week we had ses­sions on self lead­er­ship, public speak­ing, team build­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and cul­tural di­ver­sity.

As well as the ses­sions in­side we also took to the out­doors.

We had a go at a high ropes course and also spent a day in Wait­omo ab­seil­ing, rock climb­ing and do­ing team build­ing chal­lenges.

On day one, one of our first chal­lenges was to build a tower made from spaghetti pasta and marsh­mal­lows. I must say not the eas­i­est of build­ing ma­te­ri­als. The chal­lenge was not only the build­ing of the tower but also com­mu­ni­cat­ing with your team, let’s just say lots of lead­ers equal lots of ideas. We also had the priv­i­lege on go­ing into Hamil­ton to in­ter­view lead­ers in dif­fer­ent lines of work. We asked them ques­tions about their line of work and their lead­er­ship style, what they have found works and doesn’t. I was in the group that in­ter­viewed El­iz­a­beth Bang, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Waikato Hospice.

One of the big things the camp helped me with is public speak­ing. I’m not the most con­fi­dent speaker when in front of groups. I took part in a ses­sion in which we were talked through the ba­sics of mak­ing a speech, how to write one and how to over­come your nerves.

As part of go­ing on the camp I spoke to my lo­cal Ro­tary Club. This went well and in­stead of run­ning out of things to say I had much to share and even got a few com­pli­ments on my speech. The camp has pro­vided me with an in­sight into how I lead a group and also what my needs are when be­ing led by oth­ers. The camp was an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence and I say if you have an op­por­tu­nity, go for it, you won’t re­gret the ex­pe­ri­ence and you will meet new friends.

Op­por­tu­nity taken: Felic­ity Dean was part of this group of 40 who were given a Ro­tary Youth Lead­er­ship Award.

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