Middle School Leadership Workshop

Middle School students at our school attended a workshop for leadership skills development in the month of November. This workshop was conducted by Les Elfes International. I am glad to share two of our students’ feelings about the overall experience and achievements.

“Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says “Go!” - a leader says, “Let’s go!” This aptly echoes the values Les Elfes taught us - to be cooperative and to understand our teammates’ needs, to fathom and think with the group, and for the group not only as the best team members but as the right team members. The team chemistry is of utmost importance.

We learnt the myriad of skills that will forever be engraved in one’s mind. They taught us the different types of leadership - democratic, autocratic, laissez-faire and strategic leadership and explained why people liked democratic leadership the most. We played multifarious games which gave us a crystal-clear insight into the different abilities a good leader should possess - integrity, accountability, empathy, humility, resilience, vision, influence, and positivity and most importantly, good communication skills.

E.M. Kelly has rightly said that “Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation.” We all thoroughly enjoyed the workshop.

On the 25th of November, my grade took the leadership workshop. It was a very interesting workshop and included different activities throughout our time slot. Our session was taken by Ria and Ryan and we had lots of fun! Some activities we played consists of: The octopus cup game, ask everyone in the room a question and several others.

The octopus cup game: The octopus cup game is a game that challenges your teamwork skill as everyone must work together at pulling strings to get the cup and make a cup tower.

Ask everyone in the room a question game: In this game, you write a question down on a piece of paper and ask it to a person in the room. You ask your question to them and they ask you theirs. Once you complete it, you swap your question papers and move on to the next person. You try to ask everyone in the room your questions in the time limit given.

I learned quite a lot through these games as it tested my cooperative and teamwork skills. It also took a lot of patience! While doing these activities we had to listen to everyone’s point of view and ideas that can improve ours, which helped us come up with a stable strategy. Overall, I really enjoyed the workshop, I’m happy 6th grade got to experience it.

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