In order to develop the leadership skill in current Committee members, and to get a tradition of succession planning going by developing freshers for potential committee roles, we decided to send Sara (current Treasurer) and Helena (fresher) to the Student Leadership Academy at Twickenham. In addition to this, the Men’s team also sent five guys, making KCL the most well represented University.
The Academy is comprised of three workshops at Twickenham over the next 12 months with the University Rugby Development Officers Jamie Traxon and Alex Hadley, as well as three follow-up calls between the sessions to make sure the personal development plan is being executed. A certificate is issued after successful completion of the Academy.
The aim of the Academy is to develop the leadership skills of current and future leaders in order to raise the standard of University Rugby. With twenty or so participants, both male and female, it was a great place to get to know other people as well.
The afternoon was packed with exercises to pinpoint everyone’s personal strengths, potential areas of development, and fears, followed by everyone developing an action plan for all of these.Focus was also placed on how to advance our clubs operations as a whole, and how to increase participation in the sport.
Well organised, (with good food as Helena discovered), and interesting, the Academy was less of a lecture in leadership, and more of a series of thought-provoking ideas and exercises. It was definitely helpful in breaking down leadership into smaller components, and considering the impact of each of them separately in order to develop them personally and foster an environment within the team that encourages these traits.
(Written by Sara Eskola)