Passing on the Spot Light for Great Leaders to Shine By: Elaine Iwa
What does it take to be a leader? They say, a person who influences others is a leader, but leading isn't just about influencing, it is more than that.
Last January 3-5, leaders from different branches of SMLC, gathered to equip themselves on becoming the best leaders that they can be.
I am humbled as I share to you the wisdom from the leaders who were blessed by the said conference.
Teacher Kimberly Anne C. Santos, a leader from Habay branch, shared what impacted her most during the conference: 'My first Leadership Conference with SMLC has changed my views towards being a leader. I learned to understand that for you to become an effective leader, you should always have a grateful heart, nourish your passion for service, and keep in mind that this is indeed a sacrifice,' she said.
I asked her how gratitude, nourishing her passion and sacrifice, would help her to become an effective leader.
She answered, “Prior the conference, every night, when I pray before I go to sleep, I always make sure that I do thank Him for that day. But after the second day of the conference, I learned to be more specific with the things I was able to receive or accomplish. I always make sure that I thank Him for at least 5 things, big or small.”
Thus, keeping in touch with the people I serve will help me nourish my passion for service. As often as possible, I will take time to know my team members personally. With this, it will be easier and clearer for me to know and help them. Third and lastly, to sacrifice is to think of someone else's first before yours. To become an effective leader, I believe that it's THEM then ME. Now it's THEIRS being prioritized before MINE.'
Also, for Teacher Patricia Nicole Sablay, leader from the East branch, said 'Sacrifice is a must! A leader should not just think about himself but rather, would think on how his team could benefit or achieve their goals as one. Also, behind achieved dreams and goals are leaders who selflessly devoted their time, talent and treasure all for the love for the team', she added.
'Relationship matters to her. Investing time to really know your members is something that every leader should do. Just like what Teacher Kim pointed in her sharing. Taking time to hear their opinions and ideas is a humble act from a leader. Every leader should learn that is not about the position, it's not about them. Leadership is serving others, not serving yourself.'
In addition, she also gave an emphasis on duplicating excellent leaders and strengthening their core. For her, passing the culture of SMLC in every leader is one way of producing leaders who always work with and in excellence.
Next in line, is Teacher Bing who has been with SMLC for more than 2 years now. 'The greatest impact of leadership seminar to me was it actually opened my eyes to several ideas. Good thing the seminar was held at the beginning of the year, somehow it helped me search my soul and I realized many things such as, opportunities out there that have been knocking on my door. It helped me figure out what kind of leader I want to be; what could I give to my team and how can I make myself better. It sank on me that my role and responsibility as a team leader has now started', she shared.
Also, I know, that the said Leadership conference renewed the spirit of servanthood, not just of Teacher Jedidiah Panganiban but of course, of many leaders as well. I am pretty much sure it reignited the fire in their hearts. I am excited and looking forward this 2017 for SMLC.
Hearing their stories inspired me to continue being the best version of me not just for myself but for others as well.
Everyone is called to lead but only the bravest souls answered. Leading people is not about fame, power and authority, it is more about humility, love and passion. It takes a humble heart to listen to your members, it takes love to serve others without asking for rewards and it takes passion to pursue everything and continue even when problems and struggles try to pull you down.
And for me, leadership is not about your position, it is about your mission.
I pray that we may always have a heart like the Greatest Servant Leader and He is Jesus.