The NZ Leadership Programme Reflections
Participants reflect on the words and lessons that resounded with them from our sessions across 2018.
I want to live in a society that is courteous and polite. But I want something more than that. You see a polite society can still be a cold society. And we need more warmth, more kindness, and more (dare I say it) love,” states MATTHEW GAN.
“We need conversation about our current realities of inclusion and exclusion, acknowledging our past, and looking to our future. What will it take for us, for me, to dare to explore this,” ponders GINA WILLIAMSON.
“Leaders as Healers repurposes existing euro-centric knowledge and demands a re-alignment. It questions purpose and meaning in a life lived according to a linear clock, one that is dictated by needs that are increasingly becoming irrelevant in the face of a world keening at the unfolding tragedy across the land,” shares DIONE JOSEPH.
“I am cognizant that my workplace and my country are at a crossroads where great care, acts of kindness and bravery are required to create and restore the safe space where all can flourish,” says ROSE FENTON.
“Ultimately, the pre-planned session was forgotten….We wrapped our arms around each other as the rest of the cohort wrapped around us in a circle and sang to our pain. Tears ran down my eyes. I was not the only one,” reflects VICTOR RODGER.
“ I was changing. I had a challenging situation at work: I used what I’d learned. I took on a project with a new confidence. I saw the world in ways I had never seen before.“
"Here’s to pulling this year towards ourselves – to stretch, grow and really know what it is to 'Dare Greatly' in our call to leadership."
Session Seven was an opportunity to tap into my soul, spirit and the child. I feel what it would be like to heal old wounds and reconnect with my inner essence.
Our sixth retreat beckons us to a familiar gathering, one of friendship, of learning, of challenge, of the inevitable chance/choice to self-grow, self-explore and self-love.
When we first got together as a group in February, I was struck by what an impressive, confident and high-achieving group of people it is. What I didn’t fully appreciate then, but do now, is the extent to which the 2018 cohort reflects the diverse society we live in.