By SADHNA THRUKKUMAR
My truly unforgettable experience with Leaderonomics began when I was 13, when I first entered secondary school.
I was a probationary prefect and at the time, it was mandatory for all prefects to attend Leaderonomics Club (also sometimes known as LEAD Club) sessions as a form of leadership enrichment.
When I first heard about it, I was confused as I had never heard the word “Leaderonomics” in my entire life and to be frank, the word itself sounded a little wacky to me – something I would never associate with being a prefect.
A change of heart
However, I started to enjoy being a part of the club when I attended the SPARK Leadership Programme in 2014. I was in Form One then.
The auditions were held early in the year. I really didn’t know what I was signing up for when I auditioned to attend the programme since Leaderonomics sessions in my school hadn’t started yet.
After a few sessions of discovering what Leaderonomics was all about, I started to enjoy the sessions more and more. I even enjoyed staying back after school for these sessions (unlike if I had to stay back for extra classes!).
SPARK has been one of my best experiences in Leaderonomics.
There were lessons to be learnt behind the fun games. Many friends were made, and the M.A.D. (Make A Difference) project was carried out as well.
We were divided into groups to carry out a project to help the underprivileged. It definitely was a one-of-a-kind experience for me and unlike any other camps that I had been to.
Making a difference today
In 2016, Leaderonomics Clubs in schools became a co-curricular activity approved by the Education Ministry.
It was like any other school clubs, but with a twist to it: it was one of the only clubs where we learnt about leadership and how to make a difference in the community.
We brought in M.A.D. projects and carried them out together as a club. These projects were then presented during the annual LEAD Convention, where Leaderonomics Clubs from different schools would meet up for a day.
This convention gives us a chance to exchange ideas as well as to meet inspiring people who have made a difference: a few community heroes are invited each time the convention is held.
Be a part of it!
Throughout these years, I would never exchange my experience with Leaderonomics for anything else.
The lessons that I have learnt and all the memorable moments have made me a better person. I am sure these experiences will help me in the future to become a better leader and contributor to society.
I can assure you that if you join the Leaderonomics Club, you will only reap the benefits and have opportunities thrown your way.
So, if your school doesn’t have a Leaderonomics Club, go ahead and make a difference by requesting or petitioning for the club to be established in your school!
Sadhna loves jamming to songs of various genres and watching the newest blockbusters in town! However, when not relishing in entertainment, you would catch her indulging in a photo-worthy meal while reading a good book. To find out more about Leaderonomics Clubs in schools across Malaysia or how you can partner with us in our various youth initiatives, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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