by Brother Aubrey and Sheldon Dias
GUJARAT, JULY 10, 2017 : Eighty-six participants from six Gujarat-based schools attended a seminar on leadership entitled "Leadership, not a mere title or designation, but an impact, influence and inspiration," organised by Amrut Dhara- the Salesian Animation Centre at Kapadvanj, Gujarat on July 8.
Participants from St.Annes, Waghodia, Jesus and Mary Convent, Halol, Don Bosco School, Chhotaudeupur, Don Bosco School, Narukot and Don Bosco School, Dakor were present at the seminar. Father Mayank Parmar and Father Dinesh Vasava, the director of Amrut Dhara addressed the gathering on the concept of effective leadership.
Activities began at 10 in the morning with a short prayer service, followed by a power point presentation on leadership. This was followed by a brief talk on the importance of a leader.
In the course of the seminar, participants were given a chance to explore new horizons and inculcate new values as leaders. Father Vasava, in one of his talks, said, "Leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It's about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others' success and then standing back and letting them shine."
He dwelt on the idea that participants must become the change they want to see in others. Father Parmar described the three types of leaders, namely those who lead from front, those who lead from behind and those who lead walking side by side. "True leaders don't command or push others into doing something. They work with others," he said. Volunteers then organised a game where leaders were given opportunities to showcase their talent.