[Be a Leader and Enjoy Self-fulfillment]
By: CHEUNG Tsui Hin, Tracy (Hall 10)
Images: Hydie CHEUNG (Student Residence Office)
“How can I become a good leader?” This question has no answer, as everybody has their own interpretation. In other words, you define your own way of becoming a leader. As a Residence Tutor (RT), I was so lucky to learn and practise leadership with Dr. Ron Kwok (Dean of Students), Mr. Wilson Lam (Director of Student Residence Office), 7 Residence Masters, staff from Student Residence Office and 43 RT peers at a two-day RT Leadership Training Camp on 30-31 July 2016 at the Hong Kong Adventure Corps Campsite in Sai Kung. I remember the speaker of the leadership talk at the Camp, Mr. Joseph Chan, saying, “research shows that successful leaders usually have 4 common features: men, married, not divorced, nothing in common.” Some do not apply to me yet and some I absolutely do not agree with. Still, these are words to be taken for my reference.
At the RT Leadership Training Camp, we went through lots of adventure-based activities which were engaging enough to lead us to reflect on ourselves. Take the obstacle training for example. In that session, we went through a series of stations, e.g. climbing a 6 feet high wall and swinging on ropes, through which soldiers used to be trained for wars. At first we thought we could conquer it just like our instructor did. However, after we saw a few failures and risks from earlier attempts before us, we started to panic and entered the stage when we asked ourselves, “Can I do it?” Whether we succeeded or not, did not matter anymore, as the process was the most important. It made us understand our strengths and weaknesses. Our decision-making reflected how we should improve next time and there would be no excuses.
Knowing more about yourself is the basic ingredient for becoming a leader but that is not enough. Teamwork is another ingredient to make it happen, because you need to know how to communicate with people, interact in ways that make them feel comfortable with you, and achieve things together with your teammates.
Besides obstacle training, we also took part in an activity called climbing over the high wall. We had to get twenty four of us from one side to the other across the 14 feet wall. In order to complete it safely in the limited time, we had to discuss. That was the stage when we presented ourselves to the others. We put forward our good and bad features, e.g. that some are stronger and could push people up the wall and some were heavier, so more assistance might be required. We had no pride or shame, because we were so involved in doing it. Safety was the priority we had to adhere to. We had to trust each other and do our part well.
I had no clear aim when I applied for this camp, thinking that it would only be another typical leadership training camp, but I was wrong. Those clichés about knowing more about yourself and about teamwork were really true in learning how to improve for becoming a leader. Not to mention that you were working with the RT community and did not know when would be the next time that you would see so many RT faces, the training camp was truly valuable.
Back to the question I asked before, “How can I become a good leader?” You had better ask yourself. I am sure I am going to be a great leader, not as a male but as a female.
文: 張翠騫 (舍堂十)
譯: 張嘉芮 (校友樂禮堂)
圖: 張凱貽 (學生宿舍處)