In his book “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader”, American author, speaker and pastor John Maxwell wrote, “Everything rises and falls on leadership, but knowing how to lead is only half the battle.” With that in mind, critical members of the St. John’s College (SJC) leadership team were hosted at a leadership ‘trainingshop’ as the school prepared for the new academic year; while there, they were exposed to best practices and the challenges of team building and team work.
Participants were taken through the five levels of leadership by John Maxwell — position, persuasion, production, people development and pinnacle.
The born leader theory was debunked. The title and seniority theories were debunked. The ‘work experience makes an automatic leader’ myth was debunked, and the idea of waiting until you get a position to start developing as a leader was rejected.
Emphasis was placed on the participants’ personal leadership style – leading with influence, leading with values, leading with strategic thinking, leading with skills, living in their comfort zone and the benefits of tension/stretching.
Identifying 17 irrefutable laws was the focus of Dr. Lincoln Marshall’s presentation – the law of significance; the law of the big picture; the law of the niche; the law of Mount Everest; the law of the chain; the law of the catalyst; the law of the compass; the law of the bad apple; the law of countability; the law of the price tag; the law of the scoreboard; the law of the bench; the law of identity; the law of communication; the law of the edge; the law of high morale and the law of dividends.
Marshall is a professor at the University of Missouri, a principal of Marshall Associates and an alumnus of St. John’s College.
Hazel Manning, a certified John Maxwell trainer, set the tempo for the workshop with a series of introspective and critical analysis of the participants as she spoke on developing the leader within.
The proposition posed was: “If you develop yourself to become the leader that you are, you have the potential to grow.”
Manning is a former minister of education in Trinidad and a principal in The Leadership Firm, a training group.
The “learningshop” combined sharing presentations with team-building exercises, along with presentations by Anglican Bishop Reverend Laish Boyd, who spoke to the historical role of the Anglican Church in education in The Bahamas, and Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jeffrey Lloyd, who spoke to them about the education portion of the country’s national development plan – Vision 2040 – and how the government is implementing it. Lloyd noted that technical and vocational education must be embraced as a matter of priority and urgency.