15-year-old college students talk SRHR Leadership
Leadership might mean different things to different people. But to some 15-year-old students, it means taking ownership, making informed choices, and responsible decisions. It is about one’s rights, especially their right to quality sexual and reproductive health. writes Thelma_Neh Women for a Change, Cameroon, Volunteer.
In a practical exercise held sometimes in April 2016, some 25 young participants who are also members of an on-campus club, a 12-month #SRHR peer educator program, led by Women for a Change, Cameroon that seeks to build and educate girls and boys knowledge and understanding on SRHR leadership as well as train them as peer educators.
In one of the #SRHR_Leadership trainings, each participant was asked to define what leadership mean to them and how they each identify themselves as leaders especially around making informed choices and responsible decisions over their lives and on issues that affects them.
To Mbah_Soniah (15), as a leader, she is constantly censoring herself whether or not she is doing the ‘right’ thing. (s)he believes that to be a successful leader, one must set directions, builds an inspiring vision and creates something new. One must also have ideas that are transformational, inspires people to lead and engage for change.
Victorian_Ngimou (16), believes there are two main types of leaderships; autocratic leaders and transformational leaders. An autocratic leader is one who does nothing about her/his subordinates but only considers his own ideas on behalf of everybody and imposes it on them, whereas, a transformational leader is someone who is interested in rebuilding the country and brings in more development, respect individual human rights and choices.
Desmond_Ateh (19), on the other hand believes that everybody is a leader in her/his own way – for example he explains, “a man like a woman are all leaders in their own rights and capabilities: Professionally, a leader is somebody that possess a good moral, habit and have respect to others and ensures that peace is sustained and maintained. This type of leader recognises the different social relations and works towards effectively managing it – be it between her/himself, the staffs and the workers”.
Furthermore, he adds that leadership can also be explained through a functional leadership model as; priority on needs, focus on actions, result oriented, flexible leadership role, clear understanding of individual’s responsibilities, organising, motivation, controlling, setting an example and guidance.
According to Fon_Lilian (16), a leader must exhibit certain characteristics, though not different from the aforementioned. In addition, Fon believes that leadership is first about being able to making decisions without been forced or manipulated. It means having control over yourself!
Compiled by Thelma Neh, #Wfac_Volunteer