KOLEJ DISTED-STAMFORD NEWS
Leadership skills for prefects
The greatest benefit of being a school prefect is not the status but the opportunity for personal growth.
“The leadership role has made me a better and stronger person,” said Lee Yen Ni, SJK(C) Chung Hwa Confucian A head prefect.
“I’ve learnt leadership skills and the importance of teamwork and communication in getting things done successfully,” said the Year 6 student with 3 years experience as a prefect.
“While it’s enjoyable, being a prefect requires responsibility and exemplary behaviour. As such, prefects need to hone leadership skills to be better leaders,” she said.
Lee and her fellow prefects attended the ‘Can You Lead’ workshop conducted by DISTED College on 5 June 2009, accompanied by their student affairs senior assistant Eng Poo Ngo.
Eng said: “This off-site training at DISTED is good for improving their leadership and English language skills.”
“It’s to motivate them to play their role as prefects more effectively especially when handling difficult students.
“Giving them a leadership role is not enough. They must also be trained to lead, to think on their own when dealing with challenging situations,” she said.
“They’ve been chosen to be prefects as they’re good in both studies and conduct, and with parental consent,” Eng added.
DISTED business development and quality assurance manager Josephine Chan Ie Lyn explained the essential qualities of a good leader.
“Believe in yourself. Know that there is something in you that is greater than any obstacle,” she said about self-confidence.
Another key trait is trustworthiness.
“Tell the truth and keep promises. Keep secrets entrusted to you,” the trainer advised the 41 prefects.
A good leader not only should speak well but also, listen well.“Have the courage to speak up and the wisdom to listen. By listening carefully, you can understand a situation better and be of useful help,” Josephine told the participants.
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