Chevening Essay - Question one - Leadership
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In my third year of college I got accepted as Public relations head for ENSAN "Human being in Arabic", which is a new established NGO that cares about orphans. As a PR team, we had to deal with several problems facing ENSAN.
One of these problems was the lack of funding for any event or campaign. Consequently, I discussed the state clearly with my team and we started finding alternative ways for funding. Subsequently, this resulted in several suggestions which we started working on for one week to measure the applicability of performing them on ground. Eventually, we picked two ways that we will work on in parallel: selling handmade products done by the children and In-kind donations. We presented those ways to the upper board and got the approval to execute selling handmade products.
During execution; we faced a problem regarding some paper works that caused us to lose the place where the event will be held. As a result, we had to find a different place with the resources we had. I had the idea of going towards social clubs as they required the minimum paper works in addition to low cost. Fortunately, one of my team members was a member in a nearby club, so we went to the administration office and asked for the applicability to set up this event. The staff welcomed us and agreed to rent us a table for free. However, when me and my team mate went to inform the upper board with this news, we faced a great rejection to the idea as no one ever held events in such place. I tried to show them that the diversity of people and the difference of the place will help us in spreading among different generations and strata of society with different backgrounds. Yet they had a little doubt, therefore my team mate suggested to do a small campaign to introduce "ENSAN" for the club members so that we can measure the impact of performing such big event in a new place. They agreed on such suggestion and the campaign was done within a week. Luckily, the club's visitors welcomed us warmly and applause the idea we are adopting. Appropriately, because of our effort, we held the event as we planned and raised a good amount of funding for the NGO.
This experience taught me how to act as a leader and how can I get the best out of my team even during bad days. We were a small team out of 4 yet we done a noticeable impact in ENSAN.