LeaderShape is a week-long, rigorous retreat designed to help aspiring leaders develop their own abilities and discover their personal mission. Straight from our students' minds, here are their experiences.
Overall I feel LeaderShape was rewarding. I have been to several leadership conferences, yet none of them even scratched the surface of what I learned at Allerton Park. Usually leadership conferences just give you advice on how to enhance your leadership abilities, but this experience provided more action and reflection which made the curriculum more effective and personal. Being around a diverse group of international leaders seemed intimidating at first; however I made genuine relationships with people and feel even more inspired knowing that there is an entire group of people that began to believe in me in such a short amount of time. I know that my vision is in my reach and aspire to work towards it. Before this conference I felt somewhat selfish for only focusing on my own personal goals because I haven't been exercising my leadership abilities to their fullest potential. Now I have been regenerated and look forward to the year ahead, as I will take the lessons and constructive feedback and utilize it in my everyday life.
LeaderShape was definitely an eye opening experience for me. The week was full of self-discovery and renewed passion. The time I spent at LeaderShape caused me to look inward and discover the things I am passionate about, and how I want to make a difference. It made me think deeply about what truly matters to me and what my core values are. While there I was able to expand my views on combining leadership with emotion, which is something that many leadership events I have attended have failed to touch on. I was also able to clearly define my leadership style and the qualities I can bring to the table. Since returning from LeaderShape, gaining a greater understanding of the different leadership styles has helped me work well with others. Overall, LeaderShape helped me discover myself and gave me the tools to create and make my vision for the future come alive.