A Resourceful Leadership Training
“We want to see ourselves as leaders in our organization and for us to take that step these types of training will help us in that.”
This was the comment of Fiji Development Bank Team Leader Abdul Shafeel who was one of the 32 participants of the leadership training conducted by the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation CEO Kameli Batiweti at their boardroom yesterday.
Leaders from different organizations who are either managers, CEOs, Directors, Editors, Supervisors or Human Resources Managers took part in the full day training and felt it was a much-needed training given the current times where the country is faced with a global pandemic.
“This training is customed and tailor made to our current situations and business needs and nothing is off the shelf like we did in our university lives so basically the examples shared by Kameli are real examples and we can easily relate to them,” said Mr Shafeel.
While speaking to other participants they shared their different views on how this training has helped them overcome some of the daily hurdles they face as leaders in their organizations.
“These training has helped me to overcome some difficult situations I deal with at work. I work with people of different age groups. Some people have job experience and they have a status quo that they come with and I have to challenge that status quo and tell them that there is still room for improvements in their career. It’s very hard to change that status quo that they come with and this training has helped me and given me the insight and has enable me to challenge people with a status quo,” said the Community Relations Manager for Namosi Joint Venture, Mr Niko Yacalevu.
“There are a lot of managers who we see and we want them to turn into leaders and this training exercise will help me part the knowledge to them. Kameli’s interaction with the participants is very helpful and it tells us that he is somebody we want to copy as a leader,” said Lost Prevention Manager for New World Supermarket, Ms Bharti Shankar.
“I enjoyed the training today and I was excited to get into it because at the moment I currently lead a team of about 28 people and one of the things I know I am lacking and I need a lot of coaching with is leadership. We spoke today on how people’s natural attributes are to lead so I am bringing that from home in terms of being a mum and being a sister but to come in and lead people and have their welfare at the forefront of my mind, that’s what I particularly needed and that’s what I got from the training today,” said the Manager Banking Operations and Excellence from the HFC Bank, Ms Ateca Whippy.
Kameli encourages those that have missed out on the first training session yesterday to call FCEF and book their seats for the second session that will be on 26th February.
“They can look forward to learning about the different skills but first they need to understand what leadership is all about. People have different notions of what leadership is all about and sometimes they mix the notion of management and leadership when the reality is that leadership is about leading by example, influencing people, you inspire people, you empower people, you lead the change and you share the vision with the other people,” said Kameli.