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Aug 22, 2018

It completely exceeded my expectations | Alex Edwards

The business leadership trip to business was not what I had anticipated it to be. I had expected to grow my knowledge around international business as well as New Zealand businesses trading internationally, and of course business leadership.

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The business leadership trip to business was not what I had anticipated it to be. I had expected to grow my knowledge around international business as well as New Zealand businesses trading internationally, and of course business leadership. However, what I learnt on the trip was so much more and it completely exceeded my expectations. I learnt communications skills, how to present yourself when speaking, personal leadership skills, networking and connections. Something which I found very valuable was being able to learn new skills and grow my knowledge alongside other like-minded individuals who share the same passion for business as I do. We were able to grow together not just individually but as a team and the connections I made is something I am very grateful for.   

I also learnt a lot about leadership when we heard from Professor Brad Jackson of Griffith University. Whose idea towards leadership was “an interactive process involving leading and following within a distinctive place to create a mutually important identity, purpose and following”. And the ‘six lenses’ of leadership being “position, person, performance, process, purpose and place.” I found these views to be very inspiring and they immediately brought my attention to the way I perceive leadership. 

Personally, I have evaluated the way I view and display leadership. That I needn't aim to follow in the direct footsteps of the leaders and role models who I look up to.  But instead identify the characteristics they display which I believe makes them a good leader as well as the way they recognize and display leadership. This will enable me to grow into the leader that I aspire to see within myself by developing my own leadership skills by learning and growing from my own mistakes. As I aim to become a leader not at the front of the scene, but one who is able to support, motivate and inspire others around them to succeed. A successful leader is one who leads others to success.    

A key message I took away from the trip is that leadership is not a position or title, it is the attitude and the ability to support, motivate and inspire people or your team to do, or be the best they can be, to achieve the best results.