Sep 10, 2017 #1
CHEVENING - LEADESHIP AND INFLUENCE
Leadership is the ability to lead a group of people. A good leader must establish a vision, share the vision and also influence that is have a positive impact on his/her followers. My first real taste of leadership was in my second year in the University where I was appointed group leader for a project and I had to work tirelessly and assiduously towards the completion of the project. I always want to help others to grow as a person and open their minds to a new understanding this led me to embark on several volunteer roles.
During my final year in the University I co-founded the Mozilla Firefox Student Ambassadors Club in my Institution and we were able to organise two programs before I graduated. The purpose of bringing this club into my university was to promote wide range of Mozilla products which were unknown to many and also enlighten the students about the opportunities in Mozilla. I took up the role of Web Lead in the Club and trained interested students on the skills required to design an elegant website.
The first program we held was themed Tech meets Art, the motive behind this was to launch the club and also have artists paint pictures of Mozilla's products. The publicity for the program was great and we had a large turn-up; I made a presentation on Opportunities in Mozilla and this drew a lot of students to register with the club.
The Second one was themed Mozilla with kids, the motive was to invite high school kids over and enlighten them about their rights to choose their own career paths. Nigeria is a nation where the children are forced to follow the career plans their parents have for them. We were able to guide the kids on how to persuade their parents to allow them choose and follow their own career path. I also lectured them on basics of programming and several types of programming languages.
Another volunteer role I took up in the University was the role of web Designer in the IEEE chapter of my University. I was not the team lead of the Web group but in my final year I was given the task to train the new team members on the skills required to design a website. Despite the short time I was given, I was able to carry the team along and everyone contributed towards the development of the association's website ieeeui.com. This gives me joy anytime I look back in retrospect because then it seemed like an impossible task.
I am currently a management trainee at Solutions Media and Infotech Limited, Lagos Nigeria and I have been appointed by my head of Department as the Team lead for Internet and Networks based on my skills in computer networking. I have applied my leadership skills in this role which makes everyone in the company see my team as a family.