Creating Change – A Leadership Training for Young People

Saturday, 1st June 2013, 9:45 -18:00, Seidengasse 28, 1070 Vienna

Nowadays, good leadership plays a more and more important role, and there is a need to give young people the opportunity to discover their potential to become leaders for social change. This one-day training, in which 18 young people actively participated, focused mainly on the relational dynamics of leadership in our communities and societies.

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  • Pulling people together: What’s a powerful vision?

By Mr. Bogdan Pammer, Youth Director UPF Europe

  • Where to Start? The road from vision to impact

By Ms. Natalia Schweizer, Dipl.-Kff. (FH) and Business Consultant 

  • Effective Communication Skills for Conflict Resolution

By Ms. Iulia Socea, Conflict Transformation and Communication Trainer

To start the training day, Eivina Zizunaite, our MC for the day, gave some introductory remarks and some ice breaker games, so participants could get to know each other. Afterwards, Bogdan Pammer started with his session by showing examples of various leaders in our societies. We brainstormed about characteristics of a good leader. Moreover, he highlighted the importance of having a vision as a leadeIMG_9025r/organization, and that one should always start with the “WHY”, followed by the “HOW” and then the “WHAT”. He spoke about teamwork, and seeing the strength of each team member and the necessity of good communication, which is one essential characteristic of a leader.

The second session, held by Natalia Schweizer, focused more on the organizational and practical components – how to implement structures for a successful organisation. In the beginning, she highlighted the importance of setting goals for being able to achieve a vision. A strategy for achieving goals is needed as well, as it is necessary to have both short term goals (i.e. one year) and long term ones (i.e. five to ten years). The next step is to work on the structure, on the implementation of strategies and then on the controlling, to know if strategies are in line with time and goals. Goals should be, according to the SMART principle, speIMG_9014cific, measureable, achievable, result oriented and timed. A leader should always be on time with goals and be able to work together with people.

Iulia Socea started the third session on effective communication skills for conflict resolution with an interactive segment, where three groups received different tasks and had to find a solution. Afterwards, she presented various conflict and resolution models, such as the resolution tree. To solve a problem or conflict, the effects and the causes have to be identified and analysed. She discussed the communication model in detail, highlighting that due to our past experiences, we all have certain perceptions. This is the confirmation bias, in which one tends to interpret something according to one’s beliefs. Hence, one of the most important communication skills is to know where these fallacies can occur, and how to avoid them.

In the last session, the participants formed groups and discussed various scenarios based on the previous sessions, putting theory into practice and relating it to their own lives.

We want to thank the trainers and participants for their lively contributions and making this training day a good start for further trainings in the future. We hope that everyone could gain something and can put these thoughts and input into practice in their lives.

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