3 Lyceans join ‘Leadership2Go’ | Fusing leadership theories and biblical teachings

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UPHOLDING THE value of camaraderie and teamwork in fortifying the leadership skills of youth leaders, a two-day training was held at the Consuelo Hotel in Lingayen, Pangasinan through the collaboration of the Lighthouse Christian Community (LCC) and the Emmanuel Leadership Initiative (ELI), June 3 and 4.

Entitled “Leadership2Go: Two Days to Transform Your Leadership!” the said training was participated in by 50 young leaders who all attended eight sessions, 16 hours of leadership training. Three young leaders from Lyceum-Northwestern University (L-NU) were able to attend this leadership training, namely Julia Pearl Meg Calaunan, Joann Petrola, and Charline Tawatao.

The attendees— representatives from college student councils, school publications, and youth organizations, as well as youth government leaders, church youth leaders, and young professionals— were led through the training by Jonathan Aranton from the LCC, Tracy Reynolds from the ELI, and students from the ELI team.

Biblical teachings and leadership theories were fused to figure the foundation of the training. The purpose of the event was not solely to challenge thoughts, sharpen skills, and improve judgment but also to strengthen character, encourage hearts, and grow faith.

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First day

         Out of the 50 participants, four groups were formed: Team Wise Leaders, Team Front Liners, Team Unstoppable, and Team Spartans. People from the ELI team were assigned to guide each group throughout the training activities— Jessica Hart and Jonathan Bryan for the Wise Leaders, Brooke Gaither and Kyle Sorrow for the Front Liners, Bethany Toney and Ben Crisp for the Unstoppable, and Callie Sorrow and Alice Black for the Spartans.

         Four sessions were done on the first day, two in the morning (“Defining Leadership” and “Four Qualities of an Effective Leader”) and two in the afternoon (“Organizational Basics” and “Effective Communication”).

“Defining Leadership” was presented by Reynolds. He debunked myths about leadership (i.e. leaders are born) and discussed truths about it (i.e. leaders are made). Moreover, Reynolds also talked about a number of leadership theories, from industrial theories to post-industrial ones.

Next to go in front were Callie Sorrow, Kyle Sorrow, Hart, Bryan, and Crisp. Callie Sorrow opened the session by teaching about the three common threads ‘woven throughout all of the great leaders in history.’ These threads were divided into three actions (cast vision, implement strategy, and empower people) and three atmospheres (sense of destiny, sense of family, and militant spirit).

The four qualities were character (enables a leader to pursue what is right in no matter the difficulty), perspective (allows a leader to see and understand what is required to reach the target), courage (enables a leader to initiate and take the risk to advance toward the aim), and favour (allows a leader to attract and empower others to join and support the cause).

For the third session, Reynolds presented “Organizational Basics” which delved into the topic of organizational culture. One of the key principles was that ‘culture is the most powerful factor in any organization.’

“Culture is hard to change, but change results in multiplied benefits,” said Reynolds.

Five kinds of culture were discussed— inspiring, accepting, stagnant, discouraging, and toxic.

Aranton was the last speaker of the day. He presented “Effective Communication” and he discussed the communication process involving the sender, the message, the receiver, the channel, and the feedback.

Additionally, he tackled important aspects of communication such as body language and word choice. He also emphasized the role of listening in effective communication.

A social night was held to cap off the first day of the leadership training. All teams were tasked to prepare a group presentation— a song and dance number. For the contest dubbed as “Ka-Voice of the Philippines” the judges were Aranton, Reynolds, Alice Black from the ELI, and Reydan Mayos from the LCC. Callie Sorrow also performed a special number during the event.

            Team Front Liners won first place. Team Wise Leaders placed second, Team Spartans third, and Team Unstoppable last.

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Second day

Day two kicked off with the session entitled “Stress and Time Management.” Originally, the session was supposed to be presented by the same ELI students who did “Four Qualities of an Effective Leader.” However, due to health complications, only Callie Sorrow presented.

She talked about adversaries and allies to time management. For the adversaries, time wasters, procrastination, and time robbers were pin-pointed. And as for the allies, a healthy lifestyle and a knack for the delegation of duties were highlighted.

The microphone was passed on to Aranton for the second session of the day, “Conflict Resolution.” He mentioned five conflict management styles: the accommodating teddy bear (I lose, you win), the avoiding turtle (I bend), the compromising fox (You bend, I bend), the competing shark (I win, you lose), and the collaborating owl (I win, you win).

Moreover, he also talked about important matters to consider in conflict resolution— time pressure, issue importance, relationship importance, and relative power.

“Habitudes” was the next session and some of the ELI students who were not present during the morning were able to attend the afternoon half of the training and present together with Reynolds.

A total of 13 pictures connected to leadership were shown and explained to the attendees. Some of the images were: The Starving Baker (leaders must feed themselves for personal growth before they can feed others), Thermostat versus Thermometer (leaders can either reflect or set the climate), and Opportunity Statue (leaders maximize opportunities).

Saved for last was the “Leadership ID” session presented by Reynolds. Here, he discussed several steps to develop leadership identity or how to move from ‘where you are to where you want to be.’

Part of the session was about the process of self-development and how it involves deepening self-awareness, building self-confidence, establishing interpersonal efficacy, applying new skills, and expanding motivations.

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As the two-day leadership training came to an end, the team that won the most points during the games conducted in between sessions was announced. In fourth place was Team Unstoppable, in third place Team Wise Leaders, in second place Team Front Liners, and in first place Team Spartans.

            The 50 participants were called to the front one by one to receive their certificates of participation from Aranton, Black, and Reynolds in what was arranged similar to a graduation program.