Change Yourself First

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JHS Leaders Challenged to Become Shepherds

“How would you lead others if you cannot lead yourself?”

Rooted in the ideology of John Maxwell that “Everyone wanted to change the world, but no one wanted to change himself,” Mr. Nelberth Magbanua, JHS Faculty, challenged the Bridgetine Integrated Student Association (BISA), Class and Club Officers of the JHS Level in the Leadership Trainings held at Morrisey Hall, July 7 and August 4.

“Self-leadership is the process by which you influence yourself to achieve your objectives.”

Mr. Magbanua stressed the importance of self-leadership which is an “inside-out” leadership. He also emphasized that leaders should have self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-efficacy which he then called the ACE of self-leadership.

“To lead is to become a shepherd…”

Using Jesus Christ as the greatest leader and shepherd, Mr. Magbanua also asked everyone to become a good shepherd. He highlighted that to become one needs to have boundaries, to be a good example, to become trustworthy, to have provision, to be sacrificial, to be devoted, to be relational, and to be visionary.

Moreover, student-leaders also participated in the different activities that strengthened their camaraderie and leadership skills. They also experienced games that honed their cooperation and enthusiasm in helping others in need.

“Being a leader is not just about telling them what to do but showing them the real essence of being a leader – being a good influencer”, said Geraldine Jur Macatangay, BISA President.

Knowing that being a leader entails a lot of responsibility, she declared that she should be a role model to everyone. She also mentioned that the most striking lesson that she got from the training is that a leader needs to be alert at all times.

Organized by BISA and Student Activities Coordinators, Mrs. Julieta Macalalad and Mrs. Diosa Dimaunahan, the said leadership trainings ended with a challenge asking everyone to lead with good intentions while thinking the influence and impact they would bring the school.

Furthermore, Mr. Armando de Chavez Jr., an SK official, joined Mr. Magbanua in facilitating the training on July 7.

 

— MRS. KRISTINE P. JABAT